Kingston Town Classic Tips & Betting Advice

Kingston Town Classic 2019

Date Saturday 7 December
Track Ascot Racecourse
Distance 1800m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prize Money $1 million
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Kingston Town Classic betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Kingston Town Classic pointers are:

  • A run in Perth prior to starting is a must
  • Fillies and mares have a poor record
  • Concentrate on horses towards the top of the betting


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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.

Kingston Town Classic Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Old Comrade
2001 Old Comrade
2002 Blevvo
2003 True Steel
2004 Modem
2005 Early Express
2006 Niconero
2007 Megatic
2008 Niconero
2009 Sniper’s Bullet
2010 Playing God
2011 Playing God
2012 Luckygray
2013 Ihtsahymn
2014 Moriarty
2015 Perfect Reflection
2016 Stratum Star
2017 Pounamu
2018 Arcadia Star

2019 Kay Cee


Regarded as the ‘grand old lady’ of Australian racecourses, Perth’s Ascot Racecourse is a well-drained turf track with a 300 metre inclining straight regarded by experts as the most severe test of stayers in Australia.

Ascot is one of the smaller racecourses in Australia and inside barriers can be an advantage.

Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.


Perth Racing (formerly the Western Australian Turf Club) has been hosting thoroughbred race meetings at Ascot Racecourse for over 150 years.

Although the course hosts three Group 1 events throughout the year, the time-honoured Perth Cup (2400m) remains one of Perth’s feature races and is held on New Year’s Day.

The racecourse is situated approximately 8 kilometres east of the Perth City Centre with the head office of The Western Australian Turf Club positioned directly opposite.