Kingston Town Classic – Runner By Runner

The Wolf’s Runner by Runner guide to The 2017 Kingston Town Classic run over 1800m at Ascot this Saturday.

The race is steeped in history and has been won by champions such as Better Loosen Up, Niconero, Luckygray, Ihtsahymn and most recently by Stratum Star for Darren Weir.

Here are The Wolf’s thoughts on the 2017 Kingston Town Classic.

Black Heart Bart ($3.30)
Barrier: 
1
Trainer: 
Darren Weir
Jockey: 
Brad Rawiller

Last start placegetter who finished a narrow second behind Great Shot in the Group 1 Railway Stakes. That was an outstanding lead up run from Black Heart Bart who looks to set to go one better here. He’s a Group 1 winner over this distance and The Wolf suspects he could be peaking at the right time for this. Previously The Wolf had discounted him, but his last start run in the Railway Stakes was far too impressive to ignore and he expects that Bart will take beating here. He’s drawn barrier 1 which makes things awkward, but if Brad Rawiller can find the rails just behind the leading pair he’ll get an easy run in transit and look to have the last crack at them. The Wolf is supremely confident that off his Railway Stakes run Black Heart Bart will take beating, especially back on his home soil.

It’s Somewhat ($5)
Barrier: 
11
Trainer:
James Cummings
Jockey: 
Brenton Avdulla

Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner who placed last start in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes behind Tosen Stardom and Happy Clapper. This is an outstanding form reference for a race like this, as either of those two runners who finished ahead of him would likely start favourite. He finished off well that day and the drop back to 1800m here will be a welcome one. He’s a Group 2 winner over this distance and The Wolf is expecting a very big performance from him. He’s since had a trial in W.A at Belmont which he won and by all reports from the stable the horse is flying. One for the exotics.

Great Shot ($17)
Barrier: 
12
Trainer:
Rhys Radford
Jockey: 
Craig Staples

Railway Stakes winner who made every post a winner when taking out his maiden Group 1 that day. His last four runs have seen him place three times and a win in the Group 1 Railway Stakes, all due to his racing pattern, where he puts himself in the lead and forces those behind to to get past him. He’ll do the same again here and The Wolf  is expecting him to stick on well, however stepping up to 1800m is a risk and he expects Black Heart Bart will turn the tables here.

Tom Melbourne ($8)
Barrier: 
7
Trainer:
Chris Waller
Jockey: 
Damien Oliver

Perennial placegetter who has placed in six from seven this prep; three of which have been at Group 1 level. His form is very hard to go past, whilst he doesn’t win he always puts in a huge performance and he is being beaten by serious horses; such as Happy Clapper, Shillelagh, Black Heart Bart and Comin’ Through. He’s won over 1800m and 2000m before, suggesting the 1800m on offer here shouldn’t be a problem and having had seven runs this prep suggests he is more than fit enough to put in a big run as he has shown no signs of training off. Expect for Damien Oliver to settle him on the speed and from there give a good sight in the straight, however The Wolf is confident that it will be another 2 next to his name in the form guide.

Pounamu ($26)
Barrier: 
8
Trainer:
Alan Mathews
Jockey: 
Patrick Carbery

Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes winner who finished an admirable sixth placing in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last time out. He finished off well that day and gave every indication that the 1800m on offer here would suit, but there are a few ahead of him here.

Material Man ($26)
Barrier: 
6
Trainer:
Justin Warwick
Jockey: 
Mitchell Pateman

Fifth placegetter who in the Railway Stakes who finished a narrow three quarters of a length off the winner. A winner over both 2000 and 2200, this son of Vital Equine should love the step up to 1800m here and is expected to finish off nicely. Against him however is that he hasn’t beaten much and has regularly been outclassed by a few of the leading chances in this. Not here.

All Our Roads ($21)
Barrier: 
14
Trainer:
Chris Waller
Jockey: 
Michael Walker

Kiwi import who finished ninth in the Railway Stakes last time out. He came from the carpark that day and flew home in what was an eye-catching run from the rear of the field. He’ll have to do the same again here and whilst the step up to 1800m will suit, he’ll be coming from the carpark after drawing barrier 14 and The Wolf is keen to side with those who will more than likely sit on the speed.

Life Less Ordinary ($12)
Barrier: 
5
Trainer:
Chris Waller
Jockey: 
Douglas Whyte

Last start placegetter in the Cup Day Plate at Flemington over 1800m who flew home from the rear of the field to grab second behind Odeon. His ideal distance in Australia has been 2000m, where he has placed three times; first in the Anzac Cup, then the Wagga Gold Cup and most recently in the Group 3 Kingston Town at Randwick behind Libran and Antonio Giuseppe. His form is solid and he’ll see out the distance for this, but against him is his racing pattern; he had all the space in the world last start coming down the Flemington Straight, but if he finds himself too far back at Ascot he may struggle.

Gatting ($41)
Barrier: 13
Trainer: Darren Mcauliffe
Jockey: 
Lee Newman

Seventh placegetter in the Railway Stakes who was beaten for speed late in the race. He’ll be far from disgraced in this but a few have his measure here. The Wolf prefers him back in class or over further.

Silverstream ($51)
Barrier: 
15
Trainer:
Adam Durrant
Jockey: 
Brad Parnham

Well beaten by nearly five lengths last start in the Railway Stakes to finish 13th of 16. She’ll enjoy the step up in distance to 1800m here but from barrier 15 she’ll be forced to settle at the rear, which isn’t ideal for her. She does her best racing on the speed, however the wide barrier has set her a task, one The Wolf is confident she is not up to.

Cosmic Storm ($61)
Barrier: 
3
Trainer:
Grant & Alana Williams
Jockey: 
Glenn Smith

A winner over this course and distance who should relish the step up from 1600m to 1800m on offer here. She’s drawn awkwardly for a back-marker in barrier 3, but in her favour is that she won’t have to do much work early, which should conserve energy enabling her to stretch out in the latter stages of the race.

Royal Star ($26)
Barrier: 
10
Trainer:
Grant & Alana Williams
Jockey: 
Jarrad Noske

Last start placegetter who steps up from a BM 72+ to tackle a Group 1 field. There is no doubt that she’s a talent on the rise, but the step up in distance from 1400m to 1800m is a concern and whilst she is Group 3 placed over 2400m, she’ll be outclassed here by a few of the seasoned campaigners.

Achernar Star ($11)
Barrier: 
4
Trainer:
Simon A. Miller
Jockey: 
Chris Parnham

W.A Guineas placegetter who steps up here to tackle the older horses. He ran well last start but he was pocketed on the rails and when a gap appeared he was able to accelerate through the field to narrowly finish second. This will be a good form reference going forward, but not against a field of seasoned Group 1 gallopers.

Money Maher ($26)
Barrier: 
2
Trainer:
Daniel & Ben Pearce
Jockey: 
Joseph Azzopardi

Another who comes through the W.A Guineas to tackle the older horses. His run in the Guineas was less than satisfactory and The Wolf is keen to be against him here.

Perfect Jewel ($6.50)
Barrier: 
9
Trainer:
Grant & Alana Williams
Jockey: 
William Pike

W.A Guineas winner who scrapes in on the minimum carrying 50kg. Her win the Guineas was extraordinary, circling the field from well back turning for home and extended away to score by just under a length. She’s the clear top pick of the three year old’s, but The Wolf is keen to oppose her here.

The Wolf’s Top 5

The Wolf is keen to side with Black Heart Bart who put in an extraordinary effort in the Railway Stakes and should relish the step up to 1800m on offer here.

1 – Black Heart Bart
2 – Tom Melbourne
3 – It’s Somewhat
4 – Great Shot
5 – Perfect Jewel

Bet on the latest 2017 Kingston Town Classic market here.

Odds correct as of 2:00pm Wednesday, 6 December.