2022 Kingston Town Stakes Race Details

Race 9 at Randwick on 17th September Saturday 2022.

The Kingston Town Stakes is a Group 3 2000 metre set weights plus penalties race for the three-year-olds and upwards that is run by the Australian Turf Club in September. It is normally run at Randwick during the Spring.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Kingston Town Stakes page.

Kingston Town Stakes 2022 Preview

Track: Soft  Weather: Partly Cloudy.

Fourteen runners have accepted for the $200,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes and there has been one early scratching. The Chris Waller stable has six runners entered for the event, the Waterhouse/Bott stable has two runners entered, whilst the rest of the trainers have just one entry each.

Benaud has opened the $4.20 favourite. He was good first up and even better second up in the Chelmsford Stakes. He is ready to rock and roll over the 2000m and should put in a bold performance.

Surefire is on the second line of betting at $4.50. He got too far back in the Chelmsford Stakes which wasn’t the place to be and really struggled to replicate his first run. He should be able to improve nicely and be running on up to 2000m.

Gold Trip rounds out the top three in betting at $4.60. Hit the line brilliantly over an unsuitable distance first up when coming off a long break. He is entered for Caulfield also, so wherever he goes, he will be competitive.

Kingston Town Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Knights Order (4)

Won the Chelmsford Stakes first up in atrocious conditions, he was just too good. Looks to get a soft lead again and could be hard to run down.

2. Kukeracha (8)

Didn’t look comfortable in the conditions last start. A dryer track suits and so does 2000m. Should get a nice run throughout and be around the mark.

3. Stockman (6)

He has had two good runs this preparation now despite the form guide reading ninth and sixth. Finally gets to 2000m which suits, he is drawn nicely and he is back into Group 3 company. Watch for him late.

4. Elephant (7)


5. No Compromise (5)

Ran a nice third in the Chelmsford Stakes. He has once against drawn nicely and maps well, and the step up to 2000m is ideal. Good chance.

6. Gold Trip (9)

I have been waiting for his second-up run but he has entered for Caulfield also, so we will have to wait to see if he gets scratched. His first-up run in the Winter Challenge was amazing, considering he wanted further and he was first up in over a year. 2000m is much better for him, Collett riding again is a good choice and despite his draw, I expect him to be smashing the line.

7. Alegron (2)

He was poor in the Chelmsford Stakes, but the distance was unsuitable and he was against the older horses for the first time. I am expecting improvement here and he should be hitting the line nicely.

8. Crystal Pegasus (1)

He was ordinary in the Chelmsford Stakes and he will appreciate the step back up to 2000m, especially with a run under his belt. He is also entered for Caulfield, but if they remain here, he will be fighting out the minors only.

9. Benaud (10)

He had another good run second up in the Chelmsford Stakes, racing wide without cover and still finishing fourth. He will relish the step up to 2000m though he has drawn worse than last start, so he will likely be giving them a start.

10. Sacramento (12)

Was found to be lame post-race last start in a benchmark 94. Entered for Newcastle on Friday as well, regardless, I don’t think he will bother these.

11. Angel of Truth (3)

He ran well enough on resumption and the step up to 2000m is going to be right up his alley. Ran third behind Montefilia and Verry Elleegant in the Ranvet Stakes last preparation when second up. Big chance from a nice draw.

12. Surefire (14)

After winning first up, he raced three wide when in the second half of the field in the Chelmsford Stakes, which wasn’t the place to be. Poor draw here but if he races up to his first-up run, he could be hard to beat.

13. Aleas (11)

I black booked this bloke after his third placing in a benchmark 100 over a very unsuitable distance. He has been entered for Caulfield also, so there is a chance he goes there, but he will love the 2000m and the drying track helps his chances.

14. Francesco Guardi (13)

Been nothing but consistent this preparation. He was a solid second behind Arapaho in the Premier’s Cup and has since had a trial. Drawn poorly. Place chance.

Kingston Town Stakes 2022 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this year’s race.

Josh’s Tips
Jo’s Tips
6 Gold Trip 1 Knights Order
12 Surefire 9 Benaud
1 Knights Order 7 Alegron
9 Benaud 12 Surefire

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup 2022 (Newcastle 2300m)  – Friday

Group 3 Cameron Handicap 2022 (Newcastle 1500m)  – Friday

Group 3 Tibbie Stakes 2022 (Newcastle 1400m)  – Friday

Group 1 George Main Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 2 The Shorts 2022 (Randwick 1100m)

Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap 2022 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Naturalism Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 2000m)

Group 3 How Now Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 1200m)

Listed W H Wylie Handicap 2022 (Morphettville 1100m)

Feature Pink Ribbon Cup 2022 (Gold Coast 1200m)

Listed Boulder Cup 2022 (Kalgoorlie 2100m)  – Sunday

2022 Kingston Town Stakes Final Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 7 Alegron
2nd 9 Benaud 0.49 length
3rd 1 Knights Order 1.29 lengths
4th 3 Stockman 1.57 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 7.

Scratchings: 4. Elephant, 6. Gold Trip, 8. Crystal Pegasus, 10. Sacramento.