The $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is the youngest of Perth’s three summer Group 1s but has been won by some of the greatest gallopers to grace the Australian turf.
Since 1976 the race has been regarded as one of Perth’s greatest races and has undergone many facelifts since its inception and be known under various names. It picked up its current name in 2007 when named after the famous 1982 winner of the race.
As well as a few name changes the race has had a couple of distance changes throughout the years and in 1999 and 2000 the race was run over 1600m and in 2003 was run over 2000m.
Its first running in 1976 was won by 70’s superstar Family of Man and its illustrious history has grown since then to make it one of Perth’s most revered Group 1 races.
Since its inception, three horses have managed to go back-to-back, with Summer Beau (1976-77), Old Comrade (2000-01) and Playing God (2010-11) achieving the stunning double.
Family of Man (1976 and 1978) and Niconero (2006 and 2008) managed to win two Kingston Town Classics but not in consecutive years.
The 1800m event has been won by some of Australia’s best gallopers with Family of Man, triple Cox Plate winner Kingston Town (1982), who it is now named after, Military Plume (1986), Vo Rogue (1988) and Better Loosen Up (1989) being the most popular winners.
Kingston Classic form usually comes via the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m), Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), all staged earlier during the Perth Summer Carnival. Snipers Bullet landed the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic double in 2009.
Runners may head onto the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) after contesting the Kingston Town Classic.