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Kingston Town Classic Tips: Betting pointers to consider for the Ascot Group 1

  • What to look for to find the Kingston Town Classic winner
  • Key pointers to consider when backing a horse in the Kingston Town Classic

Mr Moet is a former winner

Looking for the winner of the Kingston Town Classic is a tough task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you. 

With the race starting from the 1800m point, barriers are of little importance. Horses drawn wide are not disadvantaged greatly with a clear sweeping run into the back straight.

In fact, since 1983, horses drawn in gate 10 or wider have won the race 10 times, with the 2009 winner, Sniper’s Bullet coming from barrier 16. Also, the most successful barrier in the last 30 years has been gate 10 with five winners. Barriers two and seven figure prominently with four victories each.

Lead-up races most commonly used are the Group Two Lee Steere Stakes, Group Two West Australian Guineas and the Group One Railway Stakes.

The last horse to win WA Derby-Kingston Town Classic double was three-year-old Ihtsahymn in 2013. Three-year-olds have won the race four times since 2000.



In 2012, Mr Moet beat Luckygray home in the Railway Stakes only to see the result reversed in the Kingston Town Classic two weeks later. Sniper’s Bullet completed the double in 2009. Since 2000, eight winners of the Classic have started in the Railway Stakes, two weeks prior.

The race hasn’t been kind to favourites over the years. Since 1983, only eight favourites have won the race with another seven filling the minor placings. During the same time, only seven winners started at double figures, three of those in the last 15 years.

The most successful jockey is Paul Harvey, aka, The Pontiff who has won the race four times from 22 rides. Other notable achievements were from Rod Kemp (retired) and Brad Rawiller who have both won the race twice from just four attempts. Michael Clarke achieved the same result from just three visits to Perth.

The trainer with the most success is David Hayes who has been represented on 13 occasions and finished with three victories and one placegetter.  


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Kingston Town Classic Tips: Betting pointers to consider for the Ascot Group 1

Looking for the winner of the Kingston Town Classic is a tough task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

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