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Kingston Town Classic Day Preview, Races 1-4

Terry Leighton | Metropolitan Racing | Fri 8 December, 2017

Race 1 - Street's Ahead

It's going to be stinking hot on Saturday, which will see the suit and tie replaced by the shorts and thongs. The ‘Sports Hub Of The Northern Suburb’s’ (the Kingsley Tavern for all the uneducated), won’t know what hit them.

Unsurprisingly we kick off the day with a William Pike favourite. The only difference here is he’ll be swapping the cerise and white for the red and blue of the Pearce yard. Street Fury looks to be a very talented conveyance, who if he can negotiate the sticky barrier, will take a stack of beating. His recent win (when he was only ever under hands and heels riding from Pike) over Tango Ora, was franked at Bunbury on Wednesday when that galloper toyed with his rivals for an effortless victory.

Hard Of Heart has put in three big runs this campaign and drops out of a harder race. Hasn’t been given any favours with the barrier draw, but does look the best placed to knock off the favourite. Arrum Boy, Pearl Trade and Dainty Pat the other hopes.

Suspect the money comes hard for Street Fury and she starts in the red. Will probably steer clear at that price due to the sticky gate.


10 Street Fury
2 Hard Of Heart
1 Arrum Boy

Suggested Bet: No bet.

Race 2 – Maley’s Push

Ashley Maley must be one of the most underrated trainers floating around the Western Australia ranks. He had two runners on Railway Stakes day (Red Publisher - $17 & Push To Pass - $100) who ran second and first respectively, but he still doesn’t seem to get the accolades he deserves. Push To Pass is an extremely honest galloper and the $100/1 he drifted to late in betting was quite an amazing price. He sat deep throughout and was too strong for Mosseratti. He steps up to the 1800m here, which should suit. Is a horse who when he finds form, holds form and from a good draw he should get every chance to win again. Speed map wise, the worry after the scratching of I Done It, is that Alan Kennedy gets caught leading or in the breeze alongside Couleur Bizarre. Far better horse with cover. He won’t be $100 here, but I suspect $8-10 will be available on the day which is again considerable overs.

We found Not Again Ken when he demolished his rivals at his most recent effort and there is no reason a similar effort cannot be repeated. He is a horse who tends to mix his form, so purely for that reason we won’t be following up. Can win.

Juicing Carrots appears to be ready to win. Chanelle O’Grady went on last start over the 2100m when she could not get him to settle at all and he tired horribly in the straight. Back to the 1800m here with Dan Staeck from a good gate, I expect significant improvement. A very open race.


5 Push To Pass
9 Juicing Carrots
6 Mosseratti

Suggested Bet: 30 wins and 30 places Push To Pass (5).

Race 3 – The Quick Brown Fox

This does look like a race where we should see the enigmatic Bob Peters collecting the trophy. Celebrity Dream was aided by a perfect, patience William Pike ride in the Jungle Mist, when comfortably defeating a less patient Jason Whiting on Volkoff. The step up to 1400m doesn’t appear to be a massive issue and the barrier draw should ensure she gets a soft run.

I cannot see much pace in the race so I suspect country galloper, Awesome As to take up the running. Due to it being a small field, Pike should be able to extricate off the fence quite easily, but if he does find any problems in doing so, we could see a boil over here. Fancy Fox was more than creditable three starts back when only a length off Celebrity Dream. Has had excuses at her most recent outings and meets Celebrity Dream 2.5kgs better here on that run. Will need a lot of things to go her way, but at $21 in a small field I am prepared to have a small win bet (only 7 runners). She probably jumps even longer on the day.

Top Of The Class will appreciate a less chequered passage and rounds out the chances.


1 Celebrity Dream
3 Fancy Fox
4 Top Of The Class

Suggested Bet: 20 wins Fancy Fox (3).

Race 4 – Godolphin v Peters

An intriguing affair here with world super power, Godolphin going head to head with WA’s own super power in Bob Peters. This does look a genuine race in two. Gaulois drops out of the WA Guineas where he was afforded minimal luck and was one of the best runs in the race. His best form has been with racing closer to the speed and I suspect we will see him race a lot handier here. I am quite surprised they didn’t opt to throw caution to the wind with a late nomination for the Kingston Town. With the history of dominance of three-year olds in the event, he would have been a live hope.

Truly Belong was a slashing effort in the Placid Ark. Has not put a foot wrong this campaign and should get every hope from barrier one. I genuinely cannot split them.

Salubrious, In Love With Paris & War Room should be fighting it out for third spot.


1 Gaulois
8 Truly Belong
2 Salubrious

Suggested Bet: No bet.


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