Clint Johnston-Porter’s Kingston Town Classic Day Preview

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Clint Johnston-Porter Previews Kingston Town Classic Day

Leading Western Australian jockey Clint Johnston-Porter has partnered with racingbase.com.au for the Perth Summer Carnival and will give readers insight into his Saturday rides.

Johnston-Porter has eight rides on the nine-race card on Kingston Town Classic Day at Ascot, including Notorious One in the Group 1 feature.

Check out Johnston-Porter’s assessment of each of his rides below:

Race 2 – MERCANTO – 12:45PM TABTOUCH BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

“I’m glad to be back on this guy, having won my last two races when aboard him.
His turn of foot this preparation has been really exciting.
From the draw I will go back and hopefully I can get carted into the race and then he lets down strongly.
His work on Tuesday was really good and suggests he’ll be right in this.”

Race 3 – WRITTEN MATTER – 1:25PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

“What a win by this guy last start when I rode him. He’s a hot-head and we saw that before the race with how much he worked himself up, and he was still able to win.
He suffered a bit of heat stress that day, so the team have given him three weeks between runs.
He was definitely back to his regular self this week at track work.
We drop back to 1100m, but I have no concern since we’ll carry a lighter weight and there appears to be plenty of speed in this race on paper.”

Race 4 – SMOKING BARREL – 2:05PM TOUR EDGE HANDICAP (2200 METRES)

“First time I’ll ride this horse in it’s career.
While it hasn’t won in a long time and it’s been racing in weaker races and at tracks like Toodyay, Moora and Narrogin, he’s actually been finishing off well in his races and the form around some of those horses reads okay.”

Race 5 – MASSIMO – 2:45PM GLENROY CHAFF – A.J. SCAHILL STAKES (1400 METRES)

“I was really proud of his effort in the Group 1 Railway Stakes.
We finished seventh and he did carry the 57.5kg in that event.
Dropping back to 1400m looks ideal for us and I should find the front without too much pressure.
He’s fit, he’s working well and he’s in career best form.
This is a quality field, but he should be right in the finish.”

Race 6 – SPARKLING BLUE – 3:25PM TABTOUCH – SIR ERNEST LEE-STEERE CLASSIC (1400 METRES)

“I think the 1400m will really suit this filly.
She always attacks the line well and has given me the feel that she’ll appreciate 1400m and a mile.
We should be mid-field or worse and hopefully I can find a back of one that is moving into the race nicely and she can show that strong turn of foot that has seen her win two from three.

Race 7 – REAL CHARISMA – 4:05PM ASCEND SALES – JUNGLE DAWN CLASSIC (1400 METRES)

“A winner of four races from seven starts, I’m looking forward to riding this mare.
I think she’ll appreciate being back against the same sex and dropping back to the 1400m where she’s two from two.
The barrier draw is obviously less than ideal, but like most of the cerise and white runners, I’ll go back and hopefully we can find some luck in the straight.”

Race 8 – NOTORIOUS ONE – 4:45PM DRUMMOND GOLF-KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC (1800 METRES)

“Reunited with my quirky mate in this Group 1 event.
What a superb performance by him in the Group 1 Railway Stakes finishing fourth.
He still did a lot wrong in that race, but that’s him and that’s what we need to plan on him doing.
I worked him earlier in the week and he felt good.
No doubt Western Empire is going to be incredibly hard to beat, but I still do believe this guy has the ability to make it a great race if he does more right than wrong.”

Race 9 – MEMORABLE MISS – 5:20PM CROWN PERTH HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

“My second ride in the cerise and white for the day and she’s a great pick-up ride with Pike electing to ride the other cerise and white runner, Expressionist.
A last start winner, she ran through the line really strongly and has been a winner over the mile before.
Barrier one should allow me to get a nice soft run through the early stages of the race and then we’ll hope the gaps start to appear at the top of the straight.”