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History of the Kingston Town Classic

Day 3 of the Ascot Masters 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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