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2019 Kingston Town Classic Day Tips & Preview

The Group 1 Kingston Town Classic is the feature race of the day at Ascot on Saturday with a field of quality gallopers assembled for the 1800m race.

We’ve given our thoughts on the main race of the day and all others on the card below. 

Race 1: Tourism WA Trophy (1000m) 12:24pm
#1 Starfield Impact

Starfield Impact broke through for her maiden race win at her third start last time out at Ascot and she again looks well placed in the opening event of the day. She won her last start by 2.8 lengths and has drawn perfectly in barrier four for this assignment. 

Race 2: One Metro Win Handicap (1100m) 1:04pm
#12 This'll Testya

Another short on is on offer in the second race of the day at Ascot. William Pike will steer the four year old mare This’ll Testya who won her debut by a whopping 4.5 lengths at Bunbury. Looks tough to beat again. 

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Race 3: Amelia Park Handicap (1600m) 1:44pm
#6 Avidus

I think Avidus can run a cheeky race in this event at a nice price. The eight year old ran very well first up in open company and the step up to 1600m will suit. He has drawn well in barrier five and is worth a little each way play. 

Race 4: Quayclean Handicap (1200m) 2:24pm
#6 Rebel Knight

Rebel Knight has been racing consistently of late without winning however he finds another race that is winnable. William Pike will be steering again and the step up to 1200m at this stage in his preparation looks ideal. 

Race 5: Listed Lee Steere Classic (1400m) 3:00pm
#8 Sanabreanna

Sanabreanna ran second to Tuscan Queen last time out at Ascot, beaten only 1.3 lengths and the three year old filly gets in well at the weights for this contest. She has drawn to get a lovely run in transit and she represents good value to my eye. 

Race 6: Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) 3:35pm
#10 Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind returned to the race track first up with just a fair run however her runner up effort behind Electric Light at Ascot last start was very impressive. She gets out to a more suitable distance for this assignment and is clearly a horse with plenty of untapped ability. 

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Race 7: Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) 4:10pm
#12 Flirtini

Flirtini won back to back group 3 races leading into her first test at Group 1 level where she was far from disgraced. No one was catching Hey Doc in the Winterbottom Stakes and she will appreciate the step back in grade for this. Drawn well. 

Race 8: Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) 4:50pm
#16 Tuscan Queen

It really is tough to go passed the three year old filly after her dominant win at Group 3 level last time out and she maps to get a lovely run in transit from barrier three. The Fastnet Rock filly is a horse with plenty of ability and the 1800m does not look like it will create any issues for her. With William Pike in the saddle and only the 50kg on her back, she can add a Group 1 to her growing CV in the feature race of the day. 

Race 9: Crown Perth Handicap (2100m) 5:30pm
#8 British Bessy

British Betty was rocketing home late at Ascot last Saturday and with even luck she would have won. She has managed just three wins from her 18 race starts to date however she really does look well placed to take out the last race of the afternoon.