Western Empire draws nine in Kingston Town Classic
Dominant Railway Stakes winner Western Empire has drawn barrier nine for Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.
Trained by Grant and Alana Williams, Western Empire is a four-year-old gelding by Iffraaj out of Western Jewel. He secured his seventh career victory in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) as he raced away to a four-length victory over Comfort Me and Kissonallforcheeks.
Ridden by Western Australia’s most prolific jockey William Pike, Western Empire was sent out as a $1.60 favourite in the Railway Stakes and is likely to start even shorter in the Kingston Town Classic.
Stablemate Regal Power has drawn barrier eight and he too is a previous winner of the Railway Stakes back in 2019. He also won the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington in 2020.
Regal Power has Patrick Carbery in the saddle as he looks for his first win since that All-Star Mile victory.
Two runs this preparation have seen Regal Power finish fourth in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m).
Serpentine trainer David Harrison trains three-year-old filly Searchin’ Roc’s. She won the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) three starts ago and is a last start winner of the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m).
Searchin’ Roc’s has come up with gate three as Kyra Yuill rides the filly who has the lightweight of 50kg in the race.
Kissonallforcheeks has drawn barrier four for trainer Daniel Morton and jockey Chris Parnham.
See below for the full Kingston Town Classic field.
Kingston Town Classic Field 2021
|1||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||Patrick Carbery||8||59kg|
|2||TRAP FOR FOOLS||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||7||59kg|
|3||NEUFBOSC (FR)||Neville Parnham||Jason Brown||1||59kg|
|4||TOO CLOSE THE SUN||Lindsey Smith||Joseph Azzopardi||10||59kg|
|5||PLATOON||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||5||59kg|
|6||NOTORIOUS ONE||Chris & Michael Gangemi||Clint Johnston-Porter||6||59kg|
|7||WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ)||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||9||58.5kg|
|8||DANCE MUSIC||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||2||57kg|
|9||KISSONALLFORCHEEKS||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||4||56.5kg|
|10||SEARCHIN’ ROC’S||David Harrison||Ms Kyra Yuill||3||50kg|