Kingston Town Stakes

The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Randwick on George Main Stakes Day as a lead-up to the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 She's Ideel
  • 2nd: #3 Montefilia
  • 3rd: #15e Entente



The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held at Randwick Racecourse in September each year during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The Kingston Town Stakes runs on George Main Stakes Day. The event shares the program with four other Group status races including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for Epsom Handicap hopes and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes for three-year-old fillies looking at a run in the Flight Stakes next-up.

Held over 2000m, the Kingston Town Stakes is now run under set weights plus penalties conditions and presents an early staying challenge. Open to horses aged three years and older, the Kingston Town Stakes is a great race for form guidance in later features in Sydney over the spring. With a total purse of $160,000, the Kingston Town Stakes draws some very talented horses each year.

Those horses that perform well in the Kingston Town Stakes often seek to target the Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Royal Randwick a fortnight later with the winner of the Group 3 exempt from The Metropolitan ballot.

The last galloper to complete the Kingston Town Stakes – The Metropolitan double in the same season was Herculian Prince (2010). In 2016 Sir John Hawkwood improved on a second in the Kingston Town Stakes to win The Metropolitan.

In 2018 Brimham Rocks ran second in both the Kingston Town and The Metropolitan before returning to run third in the latter again two years later in 2020.

The race can also serve as a lead-up into the Melbourne majors including the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington that the 2019 Kingston Town Stakes winner Finche ran second in before a Caulfield Cup fifth and seventh in that year’s Melbourne Cup results.

Trainer Chris Waller has an outstanding record in the race preparing seven Kingston Town Stakes winners from 2007-20, most recently Finche (2019).

Gai Waterhouse meanwhile has prepared six winners since 1999, her latest being Taikomochi (2020) in partnership with Adrian Bott.

The 2021 Kingston Town Stakes took place on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the Bjorn Baker-trained favourite She’s Ideel. 

Kingston Town Stakes
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO&UP – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $160,000
Inaugurated: 1948

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 She’s Ideel 
  • 2nd: #3 Montefilia
  • 3rd: #15e Entente

The Bjorn Baker-trained Winx Stakes third placegetter She’s Ideel ($2.80F) saluted for the punters in the 2021 Kingston Town Stakes results finally securing a deserved Black-Type win.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 14 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $2.80F
2 3 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 1.31L 8 57kg $5
3 15e ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.75L 3 56kg $26
4 18e ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 2.1L 1 55kg $21
5 5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 2.84L 11 56kg $7.50
6 10 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Brock Ryan (a) 2.98L 7 56kg $61
7 12 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Robbie Dolan 4.23L 4 55kg $15
8 1 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Glen Boss 6.12L 5 58kg $101
9 11 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Richard & Michael Freedman Sam Clipperton 9.46L 6 56kg $101
10 9 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 9.51L 10 56kg $19
11 4 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 9.83L 12 56.5kg $6
12 2 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10.65L 9 58kg $15
17e NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller 0
8 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 0
16e CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
7 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0
6 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller 0
13 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Ms Rachel King 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Kingston Town Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

She’s Ideel ($2.80 in 2021) was the last favourite in Kingston Town Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Field

The 2021 Kingston Town Stakes field is announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day and will be provided in full below along with the official Kingston Town Stakes Barriers & Weights.

The Kingston Town Stakes 2021 field features a quality line-up of staying types including four confirmed runners and two emergencies for Chris Waller, while Group 1 winner Montefilia for David Payne leads the markets second-up.

  • Scratched: #6 Dashing Willoughby (10); #8 Taikomochi (5); #13 Laure Me In (13); #16e Criminal Code (8); #17e No Compromise (18)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 28x86541x0 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Glen Boss 7 58kg 105
2 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 14 58kg 102
3 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 12 57kg 106
4 1x250217x2 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 17 56.5kg 107
5 7x120138x5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 16 56kg 106
6 79x11400x9 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller 10 56kg 105
7 9221420×58 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg 104
8 2x23141x80 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 5 56kg 104
9 508x663x00 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 15 56kg 103
10 4x241441x0 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith (late alt) 11 56kg 102
11 7x780x9x59 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Richard & Michael Freedman Sam Clipperton 9 56kg 99
12 2634100×66 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Robbie Dolan 6 55kg 100
13 44×4195215 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Ms Rachel King 13 55kg 100
14 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2 53kg 53.5kg 105
15e 9x241265x8 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 56kg 96
16e 54×3914242 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 55kg 90
17e 6×33311216 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller 18 55kg 86
18e 1122x05x6 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 1 55kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kingston Town Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Kingston Town Stakes close the Monday of race week and will be published for punters below as soon as announced.

Kingston Town Stakes History

Columnist won the inaugural edition of the Kingston Town Stakes in 1948. Since then, the race has enjoyed considerable spectator support and strong fields from great stables. Named in honour of champion racehorse Kingston Town (who won the race twice prior to its renaming), the Kingston Town Stakes is rich with history.

Known as the STC Cup between 1948 and 1983, the Kingston Town Stakes was not given its current name until the 1984 edition, a few years after Kingston Town’s wins in 1980 and 1981. Initially, the race was 1.5 miles in length, which is approximately 2400 metres. This was normalised to 2400 metres in 1972 and stayed that way until the 1991 edition ran over 1900 metres. Since 1992, however, the Kingston Town Stakes has remained 2000 metres in length.

Initially a Principal Race, the Kingston Town Stakes was given Group 3 status in 1979 and has remained at this grade since. Usually held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, in 1991 the Kingston Town Stakes was hosted by Canterbury Park for a year.

Notable Kingston Town Stakes winners include Monte Carlo (1958), Tails (1969), Kingston Town (1980, 81), Swiss Echo (2001), Lamasery (2011) and Avilius (2018). Kingston Town Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Kingston Town Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Kingston Town Stakes
1st She’s Ideel 2 minutes 05.50 seconds
2nd Montefilia
3rd Entente
2020
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Taikomochi 2 minutes 0.84 seconds
2nd Shared Ambition
3rd Brimham Rocks
2019
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Finche 2 minutes 4.42 seconds
2nd Stampede
3rd Carzoff
2018
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Avilius 2 minutes 2.01 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd I Am Serious
2017
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Libran 2 minutes 2.76 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2016
Kingston Town Stakes
1st McCreery 2 minute 3.8 seconds
2nd Sir John Hawkwood
3rd Allergic
2015
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Silverball 2 minutes 02.98 seconds
2nd Maurus
3rd Foundry
2014
Kingston Town Stakes
1st He’s Your Man 2 minutes 04.02 seconds
2nd Kingdoms
3rd Deane Martin
2013
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Prince Cheri 2 minutes 03.4 seconds
2nd Honorius
3rd Julienas
2012
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Stout Hearted 2 minutes 00.6 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Strawberry Boy
2011
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 02.5 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Mourayan
2010
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Herculian Prince 2 minutes 01.5 seconds
2nd Stormhill
3rd The Embassy
2009
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Ready To Lift 2 minutes 01.9 seconds
2nd Voice Coach
3rd God’s Hand
2008
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Hurrah 2 minutes 03.3 seconds
2nd Red Lord
3rd Sir Fussalot
2007
Kingston Town Stakes
Race Not Held
2006
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Mr Martini 2 minutes 05.5 seconds
2nd Vanquished
3rd Lookout
2005
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Stormhill 2 minutes 01.1 seconds
2nd Railings
3rd Carael Boy
2004
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Just Polite 2 minutes 04.0 seconds
2nd Seul Amour
3rd New York Style
2003
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Ariante 2 minutes 03.1 seconds
2nd Dashing Away
3rd Mrs Tendulkar
2002
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 02.2 seconds
2nd Youhadyourwarning
3rd Native Jazz
2001
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Swiss Echo 2 minutes 03.3 seconds
2nd Able Way
3rd Mulan Princess
2000
Kingston Town Stakes
1st Dashing Scene 2 minutes 04.9 seconds
2nd Motiti Road
3rd Splendid Retreat

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