Saturday marks the final Group 1 race of the calendar with the $1 million Kingston Town Classic at Ascot Racecourse, Perth. Champion Bets pro punter Cameron O’Brien – the man behind our Key Bets and Key Race Insights services – has put together his thoughts on this year’s race below.
Kingstown Town Classic: Speed map
The pace fairly true here. DANCE MUSIC should run along okay, and there’s a chance that TOO CLOSE THE SUN could press on and take it up, too. TRAP FOR FOOLS historically also likes to lead. There’s some issue on the gate for WESTERN EMPIRE, but in reality he’ll probably drop in somewhere around midfield. The run-on horses can get their chance, too.
Kingstown Town Classic: Key runners
No real surprises here. WESTERN EMPIRE was outstanding in the Railway Stakes and if he holds that form, he wins. Daylight second. He rated 117 eased down (which is effectively 118), that makes him well clear of these runners. If he repeats that 118 he just wins, nothing in this race can go near that, and being third-up and him being so genuine I can’t see any reason to oppose him repeating the figure. Gate 9 is a little concern, that’s the only issue.
That was arrogant! Western Empire absolutely dominates the Group 1 Railway Stakes! Another feature for William Pike 🧙♂️ pic.twitter.com/VQMxeZnFMr
— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) November 20, 2021
KISSONALLFORCHEEKS is the logical danger to the fave for me… although in a different class, she was okay in the Railway. She’ll obviously need Western Empire to fail in order for her to win, but I think we could see her top here. Should run well.
REGAL POWER would be some chance here on his older form, but he’s just struggling to find it – however he has shown a little bit this prep. He’s closing out his races okay and maybe he’s set to find that older form. Still, his best rating of 113 puts him 2.5 lengths behind the fave’s last start figure, and he has slightly more weight than him too.
NOTORIOUS ONE has a nice pattern for a new peak here, with a let-up prior to his good run in the Asian Beau, then fourth in the Railway,. Very consistent this prep and can run a race.
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