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Kingston Town Classic Runners - Runner-by-Runner guide for the Kingston Town Classic

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Trap for Fools

The last Group One for the calendar year is Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot. 

Here is our runner-by-runner guide for the Kingston Town Classic. 

1. TRAP FOR FOOLS (10) - Jarrod McLean, Damian Oliver, 59kg 
The Victorian galloper Trap For Fools brings the best formlines into the race, winning the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at his last start. The big query looks to be the Concussion plates on first time. The Concussion plates are always a big red flag and are even more so with Trap For Fools, who did miss a run back in September due to a foot issue. Four weeks between runs, tenth-up, It doesn’t seem like a winning recipe for me.
Odds: $8.50 (Unibet)

2. MATERIAL MAN (2) - Justin Warwick, Lucy Warwick, 59kg 
The seven-year-old was first-up into the Railway Stakes (1600m) last start and battled on bravely for third, sitting on a hot tempo. The other three horses that finished in the top four all settled in the back half of the field, giving his run plenty of merit. My query was, is he brilliant enough to beat the two favourites over 1800m? I’d rather be backing him in a Perth Cup than a Kingston Town. He’s my third pick. 
Odds: $8.00 (Unibet)

3. GREAT SHOT (5) - Rhys Radford, Craig Staples, 59kg 
The six-year-old gelding sat on the speed in the Railway Stakes last start and completely punchered late, dropping out to finish third-last. I couldn’t possibly back him. 
Odds: $51.00 (Unibet)

4. GATTING (3) - Darren Mcauliffe, Damian Lane, 59kg 
He split Galaxy Star and Material Man in the Railway Stakes last start, however I’d be backing Material Man to turn the tables on him. Jockey Damian Lane gave him the absolute perfect ride and the race was completely set up for him. It is important to note that he did pull up slightly lame from that effort and he does map well again from barrier three.
Odds: $12.00 (Sportsbet)

5. STAR EXHIBIT (7) - Adam Durrant, Jarrod Noske, 59kg 
This seven-year-old gelding was runner-up in a Doomben Cup only 18 months ago. He then went to Melbourne and has completely lost his way since. He hasn’t finished in the placings since that Doomben Cup effort and I’ll be risking him.
Odds: $51.00 (Unibet)

6. MISTER SEA WOLF (12) - Chris Waller, Rory Hutchings, 59kg 
This was a horse I actually found in the Railway Stakes after a complete forgive run in the Kennedy Mile. He finished fifth and got every possible chance to win the race. Going up to 1800m will suit and a good run wouldn’t surprise me but I can’t back him with confidence.
Odds: $51.00 (Unibet

7. HEART STARTER (11) - Chris Gangemi, Peter Knuckey, 59kg
He was well held behind Material Man last preparation, not here. 
Odds: $101.00 (Beteasy)
8. PRYING TOM (15) - Shardon Miller, Alan Kennedy, 59kg 
He finished behind Heart Starter in that listed race last start. That isn’t the right form and the map is horrible from barrier 15.
Odds: $101.00 (Sportsbet)

9. ACHERNAR STAR (1) - Simon A Miller, Shaun McGruddy, 58.5kg 
The four-year-old maps to get a soft run from barrier one but has never one over further than 1400m and looks outclassed.
Odds: $41.00 (Unibet)

10. ICONOCLASM (8) - Darren Weir, Dean Yendall, 58.5kg 
He is one of my favourite horses but I couldn’t possibly back him. He was a complete standout in the mounting yard last start in the Railway Stakes and my confidence levels were high. He was disappointing and was weak to the line. It looked like an end of prep run and I’m surprised the Weir camp are giving him another run. I’d be surprised if he won.
Odds: $21.00 (Sportsbet)

11. HOLY SNOW (9) - Darren Weir, Mitchell Pateman, 58.5kg
If Holy Snow wins a Group One, then Weir can deadset work miracles. An absolutely class trainer in Mick Price couldn’t figure this horse out but D.K. Weir is on another level. It looked like a typical Weir fitness run last start in the Sandown Stakes but he really hit the line behind stablemate and potential superstar, Fifty Stars. Second-up at 1800m suits and It’s interesting to note that Darren Weir has spent the entire week in Perth. He has a sense of timing about him and I’ll be having something on, each-way. 
Odds: $23.00 (Bet365)
12. GALAXY STAR (14) - Grant & Alana Williams, Chris Parnham, 57kg 
On figures, Galaxy Star looks a clear top pick. Her win the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) was outstanding, running the quickest last 200m (11.40s), 600m (33.88s) and 800m (45.24s) of the race. She put away the likes of Gatting and Material Man with ease and really built into her final 600m, running quicker 200m sectionals from the 600m mark to the winning post, this suggests that the step up to 1800m will be ideal. With even luck in running, she looks the one to beat. 
Odds: $5.50 (Unibet)

14. PERFECT JEWEL (4) - Grant & Alana Williams, Peter Hall, 56.5kg 
I thought Perfect Jewel was the best roughie in the race. She started $101 in the Railway Stakes last start but managed to recapture some form, running a slashing fourth. Jockey Craig Newett couldn’t have found more bad luck if he tried and she still flashed home and ran a quicker last 400m than the winner Galaxy Star. She maps perfectly from barrier four and is an each-way chance. 
Odds: $18.00 (Beteasy)

15. ARCADIA QUEEN (6) - Grant & Alana Williams, William Pike, 50kg 
It’s not hard to see why the punters have launched into Arcadia Queen. The daughter of Pierro was far too good for her rivals in the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) last start. She drops 4.5kg on that effort and Pike has decided to ride her over Galaxy Star. She doesn’t have the figures of her stablemate Galaxy Star but she does have the upside, weight advantage and the backing of W.Pike. She’s obviously right in this race.
Odds: $2.30 (Sportsbet

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