The Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is the last Group 1 for the calendar year and not surprisingly big guns Darren Weir and Chris Waller are chasing a share of the $1 million prizemoney.
Weir saddles Iconoclasm and Holy Snow, while Waller’s sole representative is Mister Sea Wolf.
Leading Perth training combination of Alana and Grant Williams has three key chances, Galaxy Star, Perfect Jewel and favourite Arcadia Queen.
Here’s a look at each of the runners.
TRAP FOR FOOLS – Racing in peak form and chases second Group 1 win in a row. Ran a great fifth to Winx in the Turnbull, was then second in MV Cup and latest won the McKinnon Stakes (2000m). Super fit, winner this track, will race on speed and should be hard to run down.
MATERIAL MAN – Enjoyed a great run in the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and after hitting the front a little early held on well for third to Galaxy Star. He should get the gun run again, extra distance will not be a problem and fitter for the first-up run.
GREAT SHOT – Raced on speed and was a disappointing 13th in the Railway Stakes. Placed three previous starts, but he is yet to win beyond 1600m.
GATTING – Won the G2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and then finished second to Galaxy Star in the Railway. He couldn’t sprint as quickly as Galaxy Star, but worked to the line strongly and extra distance in his favour.
STAR EXHIBIT – Has not fired in three runs this time in. Latest was midfield behind Galaxy Star in the Railway, so needs to show marked improvement.
MISTER SEA WOLF – Was held up slightly for a run, but once saw daylight worked home fairly and was beaten 3.25 lengths when fifth to Galaxy Star in the Railway. He rises 5.5kgs, under weight-for-age scale and also failed only run beyond 1600m.
HEART STARTER – Resumed from a break with third to Pinzu in Listed company (1400m). Massive step-up in grade and doubtful he is up to it.
PRYING TOM – Won four Benchmark races in a row, then hit the wall when sixth in Listed Carbine Club behind Pinzu. Wide gate no help and looks outclassed.
ACHERNAR STAR – Consistent four-year-old, but in much weaker grade. He was always near the rear behind Galaxy Star in the Railway. Would take a huge amount of improvement to turn his form around at this level.
ICONOCLASM – Had support and enjoyed a good run before being forced wide on the home turn. Took time to wind-up and was doing best work late when 8th in the Railway. Not won beyond 1600m, but gave the impression that the extra distance here will suit.
HOLY SNOW – Latest run worked home well for second to Fifty Stars in G3 Sandown Stakes (1600m). Three starts back was beaten 4.6 lengths behind Jungle Cat in the G1 Rupert Clarke. Weir trained so don’t dismiss lightly.
GALAXY STAR – Very smart mare, won 10 of 13 starts including last two. Finished powerfully and quickly put opposition to the sword when 1.75 length winner of the G1 Railway Stakes. Had all the favours last start and may not get them from barrier 14 here and Pike has jumped ship to ride stablemate Arcadia Queen.
ELEGANT BLAST – Scratched.
PERFECT JEWEL – At third run for almost a year she rattled home for fourth to stablemate Galaxy Star in the Railway. She was held up at a crucial stage in the straight, but once clear was working to the line as well as anything.
ARCADIA QUEEN – Smart three-year-old filly that has won four of her five career starts and is Pike’s pick for the race. Was impressive three length winner of G2 WA Guineas at most recent and carries just 50kgs under the WFA scale. She is smart, but meeting tougher opposition than local three-year-olds.
Best: Trap For Fools. Dangers: Perfect Jewel, Arcadia Queen.