Capacity Field Confirmed for 2014 Kingston Town Classic

December 2nd, 2014

A talented and capacity field of 16 plus four emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival’s standout performers.

Smokin' Joey has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Kingston Town Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Smokin’ Joey has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Kingston Town Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Charging home to secure a credible third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) last time out, Chris Waller has confirmed talented gelding Moriarty in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic final field.

Securing 12 wins and a further 13 minor places from his 52 competitive starts so far, Moriarty was a standout for Waller over the Winter Carnival this year; running fifth in each of the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) on May 31st.

Having returned to the paddock after running a close second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 7th, the Clodovil gelding steadily built to the task over spring; running fifth in both the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before taking out the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) on October 4th.

Running on to finish a credible fourth in the Railway Stakes last time out, trainer Wez Hunter has been thrilled with the work produced by Smokin’ Joey over the last fortnight and is confident of a return to the winner’s circle in the Kingston Town Classic.

Unlucky not to claim a maiden Group 1 victory when charging home late to finish a nose behind Boban in the 2013 Emirates Stakes, Smokin’ Joey appeared out of sorts when finishing eighth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) first-up this year before failing to beat a single runner home in the Lister Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) in March.

Beginning to find competitive form when third amongst classy competition in the Macaulay Handicap (1400m), the Encosta De Lago gelding ran sixth in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) before displaying an exceptional turn of foot to take out the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 10th.

Placing mid-pack in each of his four black type starts leading into the Railway Stakes, a favourable barrier could mean the difference in success for Smokin’ Joey in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic.

Breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of racing in the Railway Stakes, Elite Belle arguably headlines the local contingent confirmed for the 2014 Kingston Town Classic which will also include the likes of Mr Moet and classy three-year-old Rommel.

Securing nine wins and eight minor places over her 23 race career so far, Elite Belle won the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before a luckless fourth in the Group 2 Waroa Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) leading into her most recent triumph.

While unable to figure when fourteenth in the Railway Stakes first-up this time, Mr Moet is a proven performer in the Kingston Town Classic having placed second and fifth in the two most recent editions of the Group 1 feature respectively.

Finding exceptional form leading into the Kingston Town Classic, Rommel is aiming to emulate the feats of classy stable mate Playing God, who finished second in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and won the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) before taking out the headline race in 2010.

A barrier draw for the 2014 Kingston Town Classic is due to be completed and released on Tuesday evening.

Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on all Ascot races this weekend, including the Kingston Town Classic!