Kingston Town Stakes
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The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 race run under Set Weights and Penalty conditions for open class horses at Randwick conducted by the Australian Turf Club.
The Kingston Town Stakes is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1948 and was won by Columnist.
The Kingston Town Stakes moves from its traditional home at Rosehill to Randwick in 2017.
The Kingston Town Stakes was at 2400m but came back to 2000m from 1992.
It was a Group 2 race until 1990 when it was downgraded to Group 3.
The race was previously known as the STC Cup and the legend Kingston Town won the race twice himself in 1980 and 1981.
Ready To Lift was the last mare to win the race in 2009.
Two recent winners McCreery and He's Your Man dropped back to feature mile G1s and performed so well. Chris Waller has a great record at doing that.
Waller trained the first four over the line in 2017 led by Libran and made it 5 of the last 6 runnings with the 2019 winner Finche.
In winning that race, Finche scored for three famous sets of owners including Khalid Abdullah (Frankel/Enable), Neil Werrett (Black Caviar) and Peter Tighe (Winx).
2018 winner Avilius would become a dual G1 winner the next Autumn winning the Ranvet and Tancred Stakes.
The 2007 race was not held due to the Equine Influenza break out.
The Kingston Town Stakes was worth $160,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Kingston Town Stakes include Finche (2019), Avilius (2018), McCreery (2016), He's Your Man (2014), Herculian Prince (2010), Dress Circle (2002), Vita Man (1999), Yobro (1996), Lord Revenir (1991), Kingston Town (1980/1981), Gold And Black (1976), Analie (1973), Tails (1969/1971) and Valerius (1959/1960).
The 2020 Kingston Town Stakes was won by Taikomochi from Shared Ambition and Brimham Rocks.
Previous Kingston Town Stakes Winners
| TAIKOMOCHI (AUS) 7G |
SNITZEL (AUS) - GEISHA (AUS) FUSAICHI PEGASUS (USA)
|TIM CLARK||56.0||G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT||5|
| FINCHE (GB) 5G |
FRANKEL (GB) - BINCHE (USA) WOODMAN (USA)
|K MCEVOY||56.0||CHRIS WALLER||4|
| AVILIUS (GB) 4G |
PIVOTAL (GB) - ALESSANDRIA (GB) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
|G SCHOFIELD||56.0||JAMES CUMMINGS||8|
| LIBRAN (IRE) 6G |
LAWMAN (FR) - TRUE CRYSTAL (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|G SCHOFIELD||57.0||CHRIS WALLER||5|
| MCCREERY (GB) 4G |
BIG BAD BOB (IRE) - DOLMA (FR) MARCHAND DE SABLE (USA)
|J MOREIRA||54.0||CHRIS WALLER||8|
| SILVERBALL (FR) 6G |
KAHYASI (IRE) - MIKALIA (FR) KALDOUN (FR)
|B AVDULLA||58.0||CHRIS WALLER||4|
| HE'S YOUR MAN (FR) 5G |
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - VIA SALERIA (IRE) ARAZI (USA)
|J BOWMAN||56.5||CHRIS WALLER||12|
| PRINCE CHERI (FR) 4H |
LANDO (GER) - PRINCESS CHERI (GER) MONDRIAN (GER)
|J FORD||54.0||DAVID VANDYKE||11|
| STOUT HEARTED (USA) 4G |
DYNAFORMER (USA) - SEEBE (USA) DANZIG (USA)
|G SCHOFIELD||54.0||CHRIS WALLER||8|
| LAMASERY (AUS) 5G |
COMMANDS (AUS) - VERSE (AUS) QUEST FOR FAME (GB)
|B AVDULLA||53.0||DAVID VANDYKE||9|
| HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) 5G |
YAMANIN VITAL (NZ) - SEA ISLAND (NZ) WOODMAN (USA)
|J BOWMAN||55.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||2|
| READY TO LIFT (AUS) 6M |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - ON THE RISE (NZ) CRESTED WAVE (USA)
|G SCHOFIELD||58.0||GERALD RYAN||1|
| HURRAH (NZ) 7G |
BAHHARE (USA) - SHOCK ATTACK (NZ) INVITING (IRE)
|J BOWMAN||55.0||CHRIS WALLER||10|
| MR MARTINI (AUS) 5H |
BIANCONI (USA) - POSY (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
|D MCLELLAN||52.5||MARC CONNERS||11|
| STORMHILL (AUS) 4H |
DANEHILL (USA) - TORRENTIAL STORM (NZ) SIR TRISTR (AUS)
|J BOWMAN||55.0||T R MARTIN||6|
| JUST POLITE (AUS) 5M |
DEHERE (USA) - POLLY'S POCKET (USA) PIRATE'S BOUNTY (USA)
|D BEASLEY||53.0||SHAUN DWYER||2|
| ARIANTE (AUS) 4G |
FILANTE (NZ) - ARIETTA (NZ) SNAADEE (USA)
|L BEASLEY||54.0||MS G WATERHOUSE||6|
| DRESS CIRCLE (NZ) 6G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - FLIGHT QUEEN (NZ) NOBLE BIJOU (USA)
|L BEASLEY||60.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||3|
| SWISS ECHO (AUS) 4G |
DON'T SAY HALO (USA) - BEDIMPLED (NZ) STATELY DON (USA)
|G BOSS||52.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||6|
| DASHING SCENE (AUS) 5G |
SCENIC (IRE) - ROSE BABU (AUS) TATTENHAM (AUS)
|L BEASLEY||52.0||MS G WATERHOUSE||3|
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Jockey Tim Clark will combine with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in two stakes races at Randwick and he expects both Tulloch Lodge gallopers to be competitive.
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A last chance for one in the Tips and Race Preview for the 2020 Kingston Town Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
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