History Of The Kingston Town Classic

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Day 3 of the Ascot Maters continues on Saturday with the running of the Drummond Golf Kingston Town Classic.

 

KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC OVERVIEW

  • The race is named after the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame champion, Kingston Town, who won the race in 1982.
  • The Kingston Town Classic was first run in 1976 and won by Family Of Man, trained by George Hanlon and ridden by David Brosnan.
  • Notable winners include Old Comrade (2000-01), Summer Beau (1996-97), Better Loosen Up (1989), Vo Rogue (1988), Kingston Town (1982) and Stormy Rex (1977).
  • There have been five multiple winners of the race: Family Of Man (1976-78), Summer Beau (1996-97), Old Comrade (2000-01), Niconero (2006-08) and Playing God (2010-11).
  • It has held Group 1 status since 1979.
  • Stakemoney was increased to $1 million in 2015

DISTANCE

  • 1976-1998: 1800m
  • 1999-2000: 1600m
  • 2001-2002: 1800m
  • 2003: 2000m
  • 2004-Onwards: 1800m

NAME

  • 1976-1979: Marlboro 50,000
  • 1980-1983: Western Mail Classic
  • 1984-1987: Rothwell Stakes
  • 1988-1991: Winfield Stakes
  • 1992-1994: Beat Diabetes 2 Stakes
  • 1995-2006: Fruit ‘N’ Veg Stakes
  • 2007-Onwards: Kingston Town Classic

 LEADING WINNING TRAINERS

  • David Hayes (3): Niconero (2006-08), Credit Account (1993)
  • His father Colin won the race with Military Plume (1986).
  • Grant & Alana Williams (3): Perfect Reflection (2015), Arcadia Queen (2018) & Truly Great (2020).
  • Neville Parnham (3): Playing God (2010-2011) & Kay Cee (2019).
  • George Hanlon, Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith, Albie Beckett, Bob Taylor and Lindsey Smith are dual winners.
  • Hanlon: Family Of Man (1976-1978).
  • Cummings: Stormy Rex (1977) & Bounty Hawk (1983).
  • TJ Smith: Mighty Kingdom (1979) & Kingston Town (1982).
  • Albie Beckett: Old Role (1991) & Megatic (2007).
  • Bob Taylor: Summer Beau (1996-1997).
  • Lindsey Smith: Old Comrade (2000-2001).

LEADING WINNING JOCKEYS

  • Paul Harvey (4): Megatic (2007), Modem (2004) & Old Comrade (2000-2001).
  • Steven Parnham (4): Playing God (2010-2011), Ihtsahymn (2013) & Kay Cee (2019).
  • William Pike (2): Perfect Reflection (2015) & Arcadia Queen (2018).
  • Brad Rawiller (2): Niconero (2006-2008).
  • Shaun O’Donnell (2): Summer Beau (1996) & Luckygray (2012).

BARRIERS

  • Gate 10 has recorded six wins
  • Barrier 1 has been successful on five occasions
  • Gates 2, 7 & 8 have four wins
  • Barriers 11 & 15 the least successful with no wins.

AGE

  • 3YO’S have recorded the best success with 18 wins.

RAILWAY STAKES-KINGSTON TOWN

  • Sniper’s Bullet (2009), Modem (2004), Old Comrade (2001), Island Morn (1994), Better Loosen Up (1989).

WA GUINEAS-KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC

  • Arcadia Queen (2018), (Ihtsahymn (2013), Playing God (2010), Megatic (2007), Old Nick (1998), Summer Beau (1996), Importune (1984).

WA CHAMPION FILLIES’ STAKES-KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC

  • Arcadia Queen (2018) & Perfect Reflection (2015),
  • HISTORY SINCE 2000
YEAR HORSE JOCKEY TRAINER
2020 Truly Great Chris Parnham G & A Williams
2019 Kay Cee Steven Parnham Neville Parnham
2018 Arcadia Queen William Pike G & A Williams
2017 Pounamu Pat Carbery Alan Mathews
2016 Stratum Star Damian Lane Darren Weir
2015 Perfect Reflection William Pike G & A Williams
2014 Moriarty Douglas Whyte Chris Waller
2013 Ihtsahymn Steven Parnham Fred Kersley
2012 Luckygray Shaun O’Donnell Gino Poletti
2011 Playing God Steve Parnham Neville Parnham
2010 Playing God Steve Parnham Neville Parnham
2009 Sniper’s Bullet Damien Oliver Tracy Bartley
2008 Niconero Brad Rawiller David Hayes
2007 Megatic Paul Harvey Albie Beckett
2006 Niconero Brad Rawiller David Hayes
2005 Early Express Jason Whiting Peter Giadresco
2004 Modem Paul Harvey Trevor Andrews
2003 True Steel Clint Harvey Maxine Payne
2002 Blevvo Peter Farrell David Harrison
2001 Old Comrade Paul Harvey Lindsey Smith
2000 Old Comrade Paul Harvey Lindsey Smith

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