2017 Kingston Town Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds


Every year the Sydney Spring Carnival is host to a great range of exciting racing events. Held from August through until December the state of New South Wales sees some fantastic race days conducted by the main governing race body, the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

The 2017 Kingston Town Stakes will be held on Saturday, September 16th. Kingston Town Stakes

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In mid September the prestigious Rosehill Gardens Racecourse holds the Golden Rose Stakes Day, which sees the Gr.1 Golden Rose Stakes, Gr.2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr.3 Sheraco Stakes and the Gr.3 Kingston Town Stakes light up the track.

The Kingston Town Stakes is a staying race for horses three-years-old and up run under quality handicap conditions over 2000m.

With stakes set at $150,000 it is the first group race of the carnival at this distance and is a real test for the eager contenders who have come via some of the shorter distanced events.

Good guides for the Kingston Town Stakes include Gr.3 Premier’s Cup (1800m) held a fortnight before at Rosehill. In the past many horses have finished in the top three at the Premier’s Cup before taking victory in the Kingston Town Stakes including Mr Martini (2006) and Stormhill (2005).

Entries tend to be consistently handy stayers, and although the higher quality horses are not often part of the field for this event, there are still top-level betting opportunities on the Kingston Town Stakes!

Runners from the Kingston Town Stakes may continue on to the Gr.3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap, held on George Main Stakes Day that is raced under the same conditions but is a step up in distance at 2400m.

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Entries may also have their sights set on the more lucrative and higher stakes races held at the end of the carnival on the Epsom Handicap Day. A number of great Gr.1 races are held at Randwick at this meeting in early October including the Epsom Handicap (1600m) and The Metropolitan (2400m).

The Kingston Town Stakes is an excellent lead-up to these other handicap events for three-year-olds and up, and punters should keep an eye on the winner and placegetters in the Kingston Town when getting in on the lively betting action these other races provide.

In 2005 the runner-up in the Kingston Town Stakes, Railings, went on to win the Colin Stephen Quality, The Metropolitan and later on the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup.

Also, as many trainers choose to run their horses in The Metropolitan as a lead-up to the illustrious Melbourne Cup in November, the Kingston Town may in fact produce a Cup winner in the process!


Inaugurated in 1948, the race was originally registered under the name the STC Cup and was a principal race run over 12 furlongs.

The race distanced was changed to 2400m in 1972, when Australia was adopting the metric system. For one year in 1979, the race was known as the STC Gold Cup, this is also the year the event reached Group 3 status.

The following year in 1980 saw the first win by the legendary Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Kingston Town. He followed this win up the next year as well in 1981, when the status of the race elevated to a Group 2 event.

From 1984 the event was called the Kingston Town Stakes. In 1990 the race status was demoted back to a Group 3 event, and for one year was run over 1900m.

The next year saw the race distance change again to 2000m.

For three years, 1992-1994 the race name became the Kingston Town Quality Handicap, before reverting back to the Kingston Town Stakes in 1995.

The Kingston Town Stakes is the perfect race to bet on in the lead-up to the end of the Sydney Spring Carnival and the start of some of the esteemed Victorian Spring Carnival events. So make the most of this opportunity and place your bet through one of the many online bookmakers offering attractive odds on the Kingston Town Stakes!

Kingston Town Stakes – Race Information

  • Date: Mid September
  • Track Location: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
  • Track Distance: 2000m
  • Race Type: 3YO & Over – Quality Handicap
  • Weights: Low 53kg – High 61kg
  • Race Status: Group 3
  • Stakes: $150,000
  • First Run: 1948

Kingston Town Stakes Betting

Punting on all the races on Golden Rose Day is very popular. However, Kingston Town Stakes betting tends to take on a nature of its own. If you’re interested in placing some bets on the Kingston Town Stakes, there are a few important things you should note.

Look for a horse that has ran out the 2000m without too much difficulty at Rosehill at some point in the past. Those horses which have ran the distance at the track tend to make better bets. Next, look for a horse that’s having a pretty solid campaign. If they’ve had a few starts, how have they gone? If they’ve had a rough run, look to past years. Does it take them a few starts to get going?

Another important factor to consider is whether a horse is good first up, as a lot of your major betting options might have low odds because they run well fresh, but this can still be a dodgy punt to make.

Overall, when you’re formulating your Kingston Town Stakes betting choices, you need to find solid stayers who can throw on a fantastic burst at the end of a race.

Kingston Town Stakes News

Eleven runners remain in contention for Saturday‚Äôs Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) in Sydney; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Godolphin runner Allergic remains a clear $2.60 favourite in 2016 Kingston Town Stakes betting markets with leading online…