The Kingston Town Classic is the final Group 1 of 2018 and it runs this Saturday at Ascot in Perth.
A talented field of middle-distance thoroughbreds will take part in the $1 million race over 1800m and we have picked out our best bet, best each way and best roughie selections.
Arcadia Queen is a red-hot favourite but there’s a host of chances at good money.
2018 Kingston Town Classic final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Kingston Town Classic
Arcadia Queen @ $2.30 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Trap For Fools @ $8 – BET NOW
Gatting @ $12 – BET NOW
2018 Kingston Town Classic form guide and tips
Trap For Fools (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
Scored a win in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes last start and that form is tough to go past. Unwanted for the Cox Plate, Trap For Fools proved punters wrong by beating a truly international field at Flemington.
This race is significantly easier and he carries the same 59kg in which he carried in the Mackinnon. That bodes well for this and he’s a massive play at the odds.
Material Man ($7) – BET NOW
Third behind Galaxy Star in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last start and that’s good enough form to be considered for this.
The seven-year-old had been running well prior to that, winning his last four starts and although not suited by the weight-for-age weights, he could be around the mark and have an impact on the place-bearing positions.
Great Shot ($35) – BET NOW
13th against a similar field last start and it’s tough seeing him finding enough to turn the tables on that result. Odds should be a little longer than $35.
Gatting (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Didn’t lose any admirers when running second in the Group 1 Railway Stakes behind Galaxy Star and he was found to be mildly lame following the run.
That was an incredible effort from an underrated five-year-old which always puts himself in the race and needs to be respected again here.
Star Exhibit ($34) – BET NOW
Ran at triple-figure odds last start and although finished within 3.8 lengths of the winner, he never really threatened the win.
From a good stable, which is a positive but we couldn’t have him in our top picks.
Mister Sea Wolf ($35) – BET NOW
Punters can never rule out a Chris Waller-trained runner in a big race but he looks better suited to provincial racing, such as his win at Hawkesbury earlier this season.
He ran fifth in the Railway Stakes and 12th in the Kennedy Mile but he’s not suited by the 59kg and we’d prefer to see him racing back in Sydney.
Heart Starter ($101) – BET NOW
Hasn’t come close to racing at this level and carrying 59kg just makes it even harder. Has little chance of running in the first half of the field.
Prying Tom ($101) – BET NOW
2.8 lengths behind the winner last start in a much easier race. Has a good winning record but drawing barrier 15 and carrying a big weight makes it tough for him to win.
$101 is about the right price.
Achermar Star ($35) – BET NOW
Had some supporters in the Railway but he didn’t let down fully in the straight when running 10th of 15 runners.
Simon Miller lines up the four-time winner which isn’t suited by the weights and giving Arcadia Queen 8.5kg will make it too tough.
Iconoclasm ($20) – BET NOW
We expected more from the Victorian last start but eighth in the Railway Stakes could be good enough form to see him contend here.
His form in Melbourne was good, which included consecutive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley. He was also good enough to win three straight races at Flemington and this Ascot track isn’t too dissimilar.
Chance at nice odds.
Holy Snow ($19) – BET NOW
Having his first start in Perth and although his two trials in preparation for this were only fair, he typically improves come race day.
His most recent race day start came at Sandown when running second behind Fifty Stars and that form should be solid for this.
Hasn’t quite shown up on the big stage but he’s not the worst here.
Galaxy Star ($4.60) – BET NOW
Winner of the Railway Stakes last start and the 10-time winner is one of the better horses in this field, but she will have to give his stablemate 7kg.
After running second to kick off this preparation, she has rebounded with two quality wins and if she can handle the rise in weight from 53kg to 57kg, she’s a real threat and the $4.60 could look silly post-race.
Perfect Jewel ($18) – BET NOW
Hasn’t shown her best form this campaign but the rise in distance will help her cause, being by High Chaparral.
Place chance but will find it tough to win.
Arcadia Queen (Best Bet – $2.30) – BET NOW
Winner of four of her five starts and she didn’t look tested against easier company in the W.A. Guineas last start.
Her biggest attribute is the weight of 50kg, which is a significant weight advantage for the favourite. The three-year-old filly has yet to take on a field of this class, however, and that’s the big worry but we can’t overlook her chances at the weights.