Balmont Girl a Serious 2014 Kingston Town Classic Contender

December 5th, 2014

Returning to racing in typically strong form this season, trainer Paula Wagg is confident talented mare Balmont Girl is in the right form to secure a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.

Finishing outside the places only a handful of times over her 19 race career so far, Balmont Girl has arguably found career-best form over the 2014 Australian racing calendar, highlighted by a strong third in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m), victory in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and close second place finish to Elite Belle in the featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) this time in.

A proven performer over the distance, Wagg is confident the Balmont mare is more than capable of overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 16 and become only the fourth mare in 40 years to win the Kingston Town Classic.

“It’s not the worst barrier but it’s a bit wider than I wanted,” Wagg told Perth Racing.

“She gets back anyway but you don’t want to be three or four deep.

“She’s staying at her peak and I just have to hold her up. She’s giving me all the signs she’s still spot-on.

“She’ll love the 1800. I think her pet distance is between 1800 and 2200.

“The way she can relax over longer distances is a huge benefit.

“She’s got the motor to finish off and we just need the luck.”

Without doubt the standout performer for Wagg over the 2013/14 summer and autumn season this year, Balmont Girl placed third in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) on November 16th and continued to impress via close second place finishes in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) and Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m); returning to the winner’s circle in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) and Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) in March.

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