Small field but an interesting race for this year’s edition of the Kingston Town Stakes, the first of four Group races on the Rosehill program this Saturday. Trainer Chris Waller is sticking to a tried and true formula with his representative and current favourite, Silverball ($1.90). Waller won this race last year with He’s Your Man who like Silverball, is an imported galloper that at his start prior to the Kingston Town Stakes, and ran third in the Premier’s Cup. Silverball finished a narrow second in this year’s Premier’s Cup to Magic Hurricane, who he gave 4kgs to. Second to He’s Your Man last year was Kingdoms ($14) who has also followed the same preparation to that of 12 months ago as he looks to go one better. The Queensland trained galloper has a great record when visiting Sydney in recent times, having finished third in the G1 Metrop, second in this race last year and winning the Tatt’s Club Cup (2400m).
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1. SILVERBALL – B Avdulla (4) 58kgs
In need of the run over 1400m first up from a spell behind Centre Pivot and took good benefit from it, running a narrow second to Magic Hurricane at his following and most recent, the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m). Last Friday’s Wyong Gold Cup winner Beyond Thankful finished fourth in the Premier’s and third up from a spell over 2000m looks ideal for this former import. Will prove very hard to beat.
2. FOUNDRY – J McDonald (1) 57kgs
Another who was on the sidelines for an extended period of time before making a return to racing in an Open class 1500m event at Moonee Valley three weeks ago. With 58.5kgs and settling back in the field around the tight Valley circuit, he did all he could do in the run home finishing eighth (4 lengths) behind stable-mate The United States – who was good again last weekend. Ran second to Lidari in the G2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) his second run on Australia soil and stable is all about Spring time however, would think he’ll need this run as well and would be looking to others.
3. KINGDOMS –T Angland (8) 56.5kgs
Resuming from a forty-four week and over a mile three weeks ago at Doomben but still sent out favourite for the Open class race, and almost landed the cash. The 6yo finished secured a lovely run in the race but was shaded by the race-fit Epic late and finished a close third. Ran second in this race last year off a seven week freshen-up and will strip much fitter with the run now under his belt.
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4. HAVANA COOLER – J Moeira (7)
An imported galloper from the Godolphin yard, the 6yo gelding produced a real eye-catching effort in his local debut when finishing sixth (0.5 lengths), behind Beyond Thankful and Orbec in a BM 95 (1800m) at Rosehill. He was then installed $4F for the Wyong Gold Cup – where he would many of the same horse again, but punters were left perplexed as he finished a disappointing last of thirteen. Two completely contrasting runs and it’s a matter of which one you put more faith in but for mine, just too much to turn around in the space of week to be confident with him here.
5. MAURUS – J Collett (2) 54.5kgs
Despite the ten week break and 60.5kgs, the lightly raced stayer from the David Vandyke yard continued his good form by narrowly winning a BM 75 (1900m). That was his fourth win from ten starts and whilst he is showing promising over distance races, would think a race of this quality may be upon him just a bit too soon.
6. KING KINSHASHA – (6) 54.5kgs
An imported galloper who interestingly, was taken to Hawkesbury for a BM 75 (1600m) for his first local start by trainer Gai Waterhouse. He romped in, beating a small field by 2.5 lengths and connections couldn’t have ask for anything more of the lightly raced 5yo. Gai has often produced a progressive stayer this time of year and whilst he faces an astronomical rise in class, and his previous form in Europe is only fair, continues to create an impression on the training track and creates a bit of interest.
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7. SKYLINE BLUSH – T Clark (3) 54.5kgs
Made it three wins in a row, five from ten overall, with a painless 2.3 lengths win at Wyong a fortnight ago in Open fillies and mares company. Continues to meet each challenge put before here by trainer Anthony Cummings but this one is a decent step up in grade – especially when she is only weighted 0.5kg better than at Wyong. Likely to find a few here too good.
8. TEMPS VOLEUR – (5) 54.5kgs
Has improved with each run this preparation for trainer Robbie Laing and was nutted on the line by Shenzhou Steeds last time out in a BM 90 (2040m) at Moonee Valley. The son of Time Thief, who did all his early racing over much shorter distances, his developing well as his races increase in length but not at a quick enough rate to be considered a leading hope here.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Small field but think the pace should be pretty even with King Kinshana and Maurus prominent, Silverball handy with Skyline Blush from the handy draw. Most could put forward a strong case here – King Kinshana and Maurus are nice types, still untapped, Havana Cooler’s first up run was a beauty – if he produces similar here, he’ll win, and Silverball and Kingdoms have the runs on the board.
Going to suggest that King Kinshana will measure up here and give a real good account of himself. Gai always produces a progressive stayer this time of year and think this bloke is the one for 2015. Sliverball gets the run of race and is perfectly prepared whilst Havana Cooler, on the performance of his first run in Oz, earns another go.
2. KING KINSHANA
3. HAVANA COOLER