Classy German galloper Magic Artist is among the final field of sixteen for the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) to be run at Perth’s Ascot racecourse on Saturday.
Champion Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver has taken the ride on the Andreas Wohler trained Magic Artist in a bid to ride a Group 1 winner back in his home city of Perth.
Oliver can see the 1800m of the Kingston Town Classic as being ideal the German five year old who has raced twice during the Melbourne Spring Carnival in the top company for two Group 1 fourth placings.
Brenton Avdulla was aboard Magic Artist when fourth to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day and Blake Shinn held the reins when fourth to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) on the final day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“It looks a really nice race for him,” Oliver told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN.
“He ran a couple of huge races in the spring in the Mackinnon and the Emirates.
“The 1800m trip for him after a month off looks fantastic for him in Perth.
“They say he likes firm ground too, so he’s got a lot going for him going over there.”
Oliver was aboard the Adam Durrant trained Real Love last start when seventh to Good Project in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 21 but Chris Parnham takes over on the five year old mare this weekend.
Durrant will saddle up two runners with Joseph Azzopardi getting back on Tower Of Lonhro.
Top local trainer Grant Williams has accepted with three runners for the weight for age Group 1, the well performed Delicacy, improving four year old Neverland and the undefeated three year old filly Perfect Reflection.
Delicacy proved to be the top three year old last year and heads into the Kingston Town Classic on the back of a sixth in the Railway Stakes.
Neverland has been working her way up through the classes and made it a hat trick of wins with a last start victory in the Listed $100,000 Carbine Club Of W.A. Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 21.
While Perfect Reflection is stamping herself as the glamour Perth galloper of the future after winning all her four racetrack appearances including a last start win in the Group 3 $200,000 Breast Cancer Care- W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 14.
Glenn Smith will stick with the Vaughn Sigley trained Black Heart Bart who was undefeated from three Perth Spring Carnival runs before his last start fourth to Good Project in the Railway Stakes.
Final acceptances for the Kingston Town Classic: 1 Extra Zero, 2 Black Heart Bart, 3 Tower Of Lonhro, 4 Magic Artist, 5 Bass Strait, 6 Woodsville, 7 Hazzabeel, 8 Dark Musket, 9 Balmont Girl, 10 Real Love, 11 Delicacy, 12 Neverland, 13 Man Booker, 14 London Line, 15 Blackwood, 16 Perfect Reflection.
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