The Kingston Town is the third and final Western Australian group one for the carnival and a big field of 14 runners will line up.
Running for $1 million and some black type beside their names, some of the best middle-distance thoroughbreds do battle over the 1800m and there has been some intrigue with punters over the course of the week.
Everyone’s favourite Tom Melbourne has attracted attention at each way odds, but Black Heart Bart remains the solid favourite.
We have picked out our best Kingston Town Classic bet, along with our best each way and roughie selection.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Kingston Town Classic final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Kingston Town Classic
Tom Melbourne @ $8.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Life Less Ordinary @ $14 – BET NOW
Pounamu @ $23 – BET NOW
Kingston Town Classic 2018 form guide and tips
Black Heart Bart ($2.80) – BET NOW
It has been a long time between drinks for Black Heart Bart, but the multiple group one winner is class personified.
Trained by Darren Weir, the 16-time winner of over $4 million deserves to be top weight in this race and although he hasn’t been winning lately, he did finish a close second in the Railway Stakes.
His form prior came behind the likes of Bonneval and Humidor, but we are hoping that he hasn’t lost his winning edge.
The $2.80 is too short to recommend.
It’s Somewhat ($6) – BET NOW
Hollindale Stakes winner It’s Somewhat looks like a strong each way play here following his third placing in the Group 1 MacKinnon last start.
The James Cummings-trained seven-year-old isn’t the most consistent type which has frustrated punters over the last few years, but he’s got enough talent to win this race.
Expect jockey Brenton Avdulla to look for some cover from out wide in barrier 11 and he should be putting in the big bounds late.
Great Shot ($18) – BET NOW
An upset winner of the Group 1 Railway Stakes, Great Shot caused the boil over last start, but circumstances change dramatically for this.
He has to carry an extra 5.5kg and he comes up against the same field. That doesn’t bode well and we can’t see him winning another group one this preparation.
Tom Melbourne (Best Bet – $8.50) – BET NOW
It’s fair to say we have fallen in love with Tom Melbourne, but he’s been a great each way bet for punters this season and that shouldn’t change here.
The Chris Waller-trained runner is again paying great win and place odds, but he’s more than just a solid place chance this week.
Waller believes he’s capable of winning the group one and Damien Oliver should give him every chance to do so.
He will sit on the pace and kick his customary kick at the top of the straight.
Pounamu (Best Roughie – $26) – BET NOW
Pounamu is a solid each way place at $26 after finished close in behind Great Shot last start.
The Alan Mathews-trained son of Authorized is better suited over this distance and his win in the Asian Beau Stakes prior to the Railway was a good form guide.
Not everything went his way last start and he represents value at odds.
Material Man ($27) – BET NOW
Material Man is a 10-time winner from 17 starts and he ran well for fifth in the Railway Stakes.
That was an encouraging effort for a six-year-old gelding which hadn’t taken on the best in the west prior to that run.
He’s another runner that has been framed at long odds and his real odds should be around the $15 mark.
All Our Roads ($26) – BET NOW
The former New Zealand runner has done his fair share of travelling this season and we’re not sure he measures up as a group one horse.
The Waller-trained import won six races in New Zealand before heading to Australia, where he has placed in the October Handicap at Randwick and finished fourth in the Cantala Stakes at Flemington.
That run was good form guide for this, but he didn’t enjoy racing on the pace in the Railway and different tactics will be needed here.
Life Less Ordinary (Best Each Way – $14) – BET NOW
Another Chris Waller import, the Irish-bred runner looks a strong each way play here.
The six-year-old has been knocking on the door throughout the season with close-up finishes in the Cup Day Plate at Flemington and he finished on well behind Winx in the Chelmsford.
Punters have been taking much shorter odds than this recently and there’s good value with his current quote.
Gatting – Scratched
Silverstream – Scratched
Cosmic Storm ($41) – BET NOW
A seven-time winner from 17 starts, Cosmic Storm looked a mare on the rise last season, but she hasn’t come of age since.
She finished 10th in the Railway Stakes, which followed a sixth in the Asian Beau Stakes and we’re not sure that will be the best form guide for this.
There’s no doubting her ability, but maybe at lower levels.
Royal Star ($35) – BET NOW
Royal Star was the beaten short favourite last week, but she didn’t get all favours during the run.
The Williams-trained four-year-old was held up behind runners and she darted late at them, but punters should note the grade she raced in.
Rating 72 form won’t stack up well here and a win would surprise.
Achernar Star ($10) – BET NOW
Simon Miler lines up this talented three-year-old which has attracted some support at double-figure odds.
The gelding has finished second in consecutive stakes-graded races, which included a second placing in the W.A. Guineas last start.
Whether or not age-group form will stand up well here is the question and only the 52kg on his back brings him into contention.
Money Maher ($21) – BET NOW
This three-year-old colt looks to have a nice future, but this will be too tough for him.
He looked good winning the Fairetha Stakes in front of Achernar Star, but his effort for seventh in the Guineas wasn’t flattering.
Perfect Jewel ($6) – BET NOW
Three-year-old filly Perfect Jewel has won four of her five starts and William Pike sticks with her after winning the Guineas.
The Willams-trained runner has been defeated only once and that’s a good record to have, but facing weight-for-age horses is another kettle of fish.
The 50kg is obviously a big bonus, but the $6 is too short.