Town racehorse Sydney Cup winner
Kingston Town was foaled in 1976, and was a champion racehorse in
the 1980s, who won 14 Group One races, including the WS Cox Plate
times. He was sired by Bletchingly (a successful Star Kingdom line
stallion), his dam the imported Ada Hunter (GER) by Andrea Mantegna
Town was bred by David Hains who eventually sold a share in him to
G Monsborough and his wife. He was trained by T. J. Smith, considered
one of Australia's greatest trainers, and was ridden by Malcolm Johnston
for 25 of his 30 victories.
He was famous for having run last at his first start before being
gelded and sent for a spell. He subsequently resumed from a spell
to win first up at 100/1!
Kingston Town Won 14 Group One races, the most by any Australian racehorse. He Won consecutive
Cox Plates (1980-1982).
The 1982 victory was marked by caller Bill Collins famous words: "Kingston
Town can't win........he might win yet the champ..Kingston Town's
swamping them...Kingston Town...".
Kingston Town tragically finished second to Gurner's Lane in the 1982
Cup. He took the lead in the straight but was caught in
the last few strides.
'The King' won some of Australia's greatest races including
Main Stakes and Chelmsford Stakes. His last race was also a win
when he took home the Western Mail Classic in Perth in November 1982.
Sadly, he never raced again although comebacks were attempted. Kingston
Town was even sent to America in an attempt to overcome his leg problems
but never made it to the post in the US.
aborted attempt at resurrecting his career was made in 1985 in Australia
but he was scratched from his scheduled race and he was then retired.
Kingston Town was one the inaugural inductees into the Australian
Racing Hall of Fame, alongside the other turf notables Carbine, Phar
Lap, Bernborough and Tulloch.
His record was 41 starts, for 30 wins and 7 placings. Kingston Town
became the first horse in Australia to win over a million dollars
in prize money.
He retired with earnings of $1,605,790 in prize money, an Australian
record at the time. Kingston Town was an incredibly versatile horse
he had the ability to win sprint races and staying races and everything
In March 1991, Kingston Town was put down after failing to recover
from a leg injury suffered while frolicking in a paddock.
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