Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, details the hopes of every runner in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday, with his horse racing tips for the first four. Read on to see how he maps and assesses the race. Good luck, punters!
T: Matt Williams / J: Brad Rawiller (59kg)
Former front-running star who has won $4.4million in stakes, but is a 10-year-old now and was thrashed in the Gr 1 Railway recently won by Inspirational Girl. Looking past him, although worth remembering – he did run 2nd in this race last year.
T: Lindsey Smith / J: Peter Hall (59kg)
Former front-running star who has won $2.1million in stakes, but is a 7-year-old now and was thrashed in the Gr 2 Moonee Valley Cup recently won by Miami Bound. Transferred to Lindsey Smith and did impressively win a trial the other day. But this will test.
T: Fred Kersley / J: Mitch Pateman (59kg)
Old boy winner of 10 races including one here at Gr 3 level in October at 100/1. Not sighted in three runs since including 10th last start behind Inspirational Girl in the Gr 1 Railway. Not keen.
T: Lindsey Smith /J: Joe Azzopardi (59kg)
Is very strong and more importantly, is in fine form. Must be getting sick of the sight of the brilliant Inspirational Girl as she has just beaten him twice in recent weeks. Should be on the pace, probably settling in 3rd spot and is so honest he has to be in your numbers.
T: Vaughn Sigley / J: Troy Turner (59kg)
Another of the old boys. Is a rising 8-year-old now and has been a consistent galloper at the level just behind this one. For instance, won the listed Kalgoorlie Cup but then up to Gr 1 grade and was beaten 12 lengths by Inspirational Girl in the Railway. This could be too hard.
T: Nev Parnham / J: Jason Brown (59kg)
This is a galloper of talent and he is now hitting his straps. After a useful but hardly spectacular foray into long distance races last winter in Melbourne, he came to West Australia and has been reignited. Came with a wet sail to claim the Listed Carbine Club over 1400m last start and will run on hard here. Sure to peak for this.
T: Nev Parnham / J: Paul Harvey (59kg)
This is a smart horse and the dark horse here. He hasn’t won for some time but he is always competitive. Gets back and rocks home hard. Just beaten by Taxagano in the Gr 3 in Oct, and only 4 lengths back of Inspirational Girl in the Gr 1 Railway last start, doing best work at the end. Place show.
T: Bernie Miller / J: Pat Carberry (59kg)
This is a very consistent, powerful finishing racehorse who particularly likes this track. He is also super fit. Got back to near last as they wheeled for home in the 1100m Reeves last start at Gr 3 level on that super heavy track yet charged home to miss by a wart. The extra 100m will help.
T: Ross Price / J: Jarrad Noske (59kg)
This bloke will be huge odds but I give him a place show here. He is very versatile, has drawn to get the run of the race and he will be near the speed all the way. He will give your money a good run.
T: Sharon Miller / J: Alan Kennedy (59kg)
Nice tough galloper who is in form. Not the best beginner at times but he has steadily and impressively improved every run this time up. After a strong 5th to the champion mare Inspirational Girl in the Gr 3 Asian Beau, he was seen hitting the line hard for 5th in the Gr 2 Lee Steere behind Kay Cee, then ran out of his skin when an eye-popping 3rd to Inspirational Girl in the Gr 1 Railway coming from last on the bend. Trip looks ideal.
T: Team Williams / J: Chris Parnham (59kg)
Oh, you must have this bloke in your numbers. He goes into this race as the back-up quarterback to Team Williams’ assault on the race behind Inspirational Girl. And yes, she thrashed him when they clashed last start in the Gr 1 Railway. But he will like this trip more than her. He will also appreciate the fact his favourite jockey is back on top…AND, he has a much better gate this time. Respect.
T: Team Williams / J: Willy Pike (57kg)
Interesting mare. She is closing in on $1million in stakes earnings and the way she rocketed home to pass everyone and win the Gr 1 Railway over a mile last start told us two things. 1) she will love this journey and 2) she may be the next big thing from WA. Has won 9 of her 11 starts and placed the other two. Looks very hard to beat again.
T: Nev Parnham / J: Brad Parnham (56.5kg)
Here’s the unknown factor. Will the real Kay Cee turn up? This time last year, with just 50kg on her back she stormed home to win this very race. And has won three of five starts since. One loss, however, was an 11th to Inspirational Girl in the Gr 1 Railway. She got back and just didn’t run on. At her best, she can win.
T: David Harrison / J: Jason Whiting (52kg)
Classy 3Yo who is on the way up. Will be a bit of an outsider here but he does have talent and does hit the line really well. was 4th in the Gr 2 Lee Steere over 1400m and last start rattled home from the back for 6th in the Gr 2 WA Guineas over 1600m. Could sneak a place if he gets the timing right.
T: Team Casey/ J: Peter Knuckey (52kg)
An outstanding 3YO and that age group do have a great record in this. Rattled home from well back to grab 3rd in the 1600m WA Guineas last start. Yet to win this trip but races like it would suit. Has place claims.
T: Steve Wolfe / J: Shaune McGruddy (50kg)
Is yet another star 3YO performer who will test these older horses. After her brilliant win in the Champion Fillies over a mile in the mud, some wondered if she could repeat it a week later on a dry track. Well, she did brilliantly winning the Gr 2 WA Guineas. Is fast enough to take a great spot, has no weight on her back and is in form. Big danger.
T: Team Gangemi / J: – (50kg)
Better than most 3YOs but she may be a length or so behind the very best. Saying that, she has no weight and can finish a race off. Rough hope in this.
T: Adam Durrant / J: Pat Carberry (58.5kg)
T: Team Williams / J: Jade McNaught (52kg)
Very talented 3YO who should develop into a star. Only a maiden at the moment from just three starts which means this is too hard. But Black Book this bloke.