Kingston Town Classic Preview and Betting Tips – Ascot 09/12/2017
Black Heart Bart has drawn the inside rail as he is set to start favourite in Saturday’s Group 1 $1million Kingston Town Classic.
Bart favourite for Kingstown Town Classic
The Ascot feature race is the final Group 1 of the year in Australia and has attracted a field of fourteen. The Darren Weir-trained seven-year-old is 3.0 favourite with Ladbrokes following his excellent run in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last month. The son of Blackfriars was beaten narrowly on his return to Perth racing.
He is going up in trip to 1800m this weekend but is a previous winner at the distance. His record at Ascot is six wins and nine places from 21 previous visits. Black Heart Bart will take his career earnings past the $4million mark if he places at the weekend. Regular rider Brad Rawiller retains the ride. He was successful in this race twice aboard Niconero for David Hayes in 2006 and 2008. Ironically, Weir sent out Stratum Star to win the Kingston Town Classic from barrier one twelve months’ ago.
It’s Somewhat is next best in the betting for James Cummings and the Godolphin stable, despite being drawn out wide in barrier 11. The seven-year-old son of Dynaformer finished a good third to Weir’s Tosen Stardom in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington last month. It’s Somewhat is approaching the $3.5million mark in career earnings and is one from three at the distance. This will be his first run at Ascot and he has been sharpened up by a barrier trial in Perth.
Jewel the local hope in Kingston Town Classic
The local Karnup yard of Grant and Alana Williams have high hopes of a local victory with Perfect Jewel. Grant trained Perfect Reflection to win this race as a three-year-old in 2015 and his filly with start from barrier nine. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice won the Group 2 WA Guineas over 1600m last month. Perfect Jewel looks the pick of three runners from the yard. She is joined by outsiders Cosmic Storm and Royal Star.
The frustrating Tom Melbourne will start from barrier seven with Damien Oliver in the saddle. Chris Waller won the Kingston Town Classic in 2014 with Moriarty who had finished third in the Railway Stakes previously. Tom Melbourne has had an identical build-up but continues to find one or two to beat him.
This is a new trip for the consistent Achernar Star, trained locally by Simon Miller. The three-year-old has yet to finish out of the frame in five visits to Ascot.
Ascot Betting Tips 09/12/2017
Race 8 – Kingston Town Classic
Black Heart Bart @3.0 Ladbrokes