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Kingston Town racehorse Sydney Cup winner

Kingston Town racehorseRacehorse 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 (FR).

Kingston 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 Melbourne 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 the AJC Derby, Sydney Cup, George 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.

An 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 between.

In March 1991, Kingston Town was put down after failing to recover from a leg injury suffered while frolicking in a paddock.


Bletchingly Biscay Star Kingdom
Magic Symbol
Coogee Relic
Last Judgement
Ada Hunter Andrea Mantegna Ribot
Angela Rucellai
Almah Alycidon
Gradisca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingston Town's career highlights:

AT 2
 
 
   
30-June-79
Won
15 ran
33-1
M Johnston
48
Rosehill
1200m
Round Table Hcp Just Sunday
1:13.4G
28-July-79
Won
17 ran
2-1 ef
M Johnston
52.5
Rosehill
1200m
Sir Ivor Handicap Benboka Yacht
1:12.8G
AT 3
 
 
   
11-Aug-79
Won
13 ran
2-5 f
M Johnston
55
Warwick Farm
1200m
Commisionaire Hcp Manfilou
1:11.7F
1-Sep-79
Won
10 ran
9-4
J Duggan
53
Rosehill
1500m
Peter Pan Stakes Spear
1:30.6G
15-Sep-79
Won
9 ran
4-6 f
M Johnston
53
Rosehill
1850m
Gloaming Stakes Shogun
1:53.7G
29-Sep-79
Won
11 ran
7-4
M Johnston
55.5
Randwick
2000m
Spring Champion Mighty Kingdom
2:03.4G
13-Oct-79
3rd
13 ran
1-1 f
M Johnston
55.5
Caulfield
1600m
Caulfield Guineas Runaway Kid
1:40.8S
20-Oct-79
4th
18 ran
8-1
W Treloar
48 cd 48.5
Caulfield
2400m
Caulfield Cup Mighty Kingdom
2:29.9G
3-Nov-79
2nd
17 ran
9-4
R Higgins
55.5
Flemington
2500m
Victoria Derby Big Print
2:35.0F
9-Feb-80
Won
10 ran
4-6 f
M Johnston
55.5
Randwick
1200m
Expressway Stakes Lady Manina
1:09.7G
23-Feb-80
Won
9 r an
1-4 f
J Duggan
54
Rosehill
1500m
Heritage Stakes Moulton
1:31.5G
22-Mar-80
Won
13 ran
4-5 f
M Johnston
54
Rosehill
2000m
Rosehill Guineas Polo Player
2:04.5F
29-Mar-80
Won
12 ran
4-7 f
M Johnston
52
Rosehill
2400m
HE Tancred Stakes Double Century
2:28.8G
7-Apr-80
Won
12 ran
2-9 f
M Johnston
55.5
Randwick
2400m
AJC Derby Mr Independent
2:34.3G
12-Apr-80
Won
17 ran
8-11 f
M Johnston
52.5
Randwick
3200m
Sydney Cup Double Century
3:28.2F
24-May-80
Won
3 ran
1-16 f
M Johnston
58
Eagle Farm
2200m
Grand Prix Stakes Red Kilt
2:21.8G
7-Jun-80
Won
5 ran
1-20 f
M Johnston
55.5
Eagle Farm
2400m
Queensland Derby Red Kilt
2:31.3G
AT 4
 
 
   
30-Aug-80
Won
10 ran
1-3 f
M Johnston
57
Randwick
1400m
Warwick Stakes Blockbuster
1:23.2F
13-Sept-80
Won
4 ran
1-20 f
M Johnston
57
Randwick
1800m
Chelmsford Stakes Ming Dynasty
1:49.3F
27-Sept-80
Won
11 ran
1-10 f
M Johnston
57
Rosehill
2400m
STC Cup Over The Ocean
2:29.9F
11-Oct-80
2nd
9 ran
1-2 f
M Johnston
57
Caulfield
2000m
Caulfield Stakes Hyperno
2:03.3G
18-Oct-80
3rd
18 ran
11-4 f
M Johnston
60
Caulfield
2400m
Caulfield Cup Ming Dynasty
2:28.7F
25-Oct-80
Won
14 ran
4-6 f
M Johnston
57
Moonee Valley
2050m
WS Cox Plate Prince Ruling
2:07.3G
AT 5
 
 
   
15-Aug-81
Won
9 ran
1-3 f
M Johnston
58
Rosehill
1200m
Premiere Stakes More Mink
1:11.3G
22-Aug-81
Won
7 ran
2-7 f
M Johnston
59
Randwick
1400m
Warwick Stakes Belmura Lad
1:25.2G
5-Sep-81
Won
5 ran
2-9 f
M Johnston
59
Randwick
1800m
Chelmsford Stakes Belmura Lad
1:52.2S
19-Sep-81
Won
5 ran
1-8 f
M Johnston
59.5
Rosehill
2400m
STC Cup Lord Warden
2:31.8F
26-Sep-81
Won
8 ran
9-10 f
M Johnston
58.5
Randwick
1600m
George Main Arbogast
1:34.3F
10-Oct-81
Won
6 ran
4-7 f
M Johnston
59
Caulfield
2000m
Caulfield Stakes Sovereign Red
2:02.9F
24-Oct-81
Won
10 ran
4-6 f
R Quinton
59
Moonee Valley
2050m
WS Cox Plate Lawman
2:06.7G
31-Oct-81
2nd
9 ran
2-5 f
R Quinton
59
Flemington
2000m
LKS Mackinnon Belmura Lad
2:02.0F
AT 6
 
 
   
21-Aug-82
Won
10 ran
4-7 fav
M Johnston
58.5
Warwick Farm
1400m
Warwick Stakes Rare Form
1:23.60G
4-Sep-82
4th
8 ran
4-11 fav
M Johnston
59
Randwick
1800m
Chelmsford Stakes Rare Form
1:51.20G
18-Sep-82
2nd
4 ran
4-9 fav
M Johnston
59
Rosehill
1750m
Hill Stakes Cossack Prince
1:48.20G
25-Sep-82
Won
6 ran
2-5 fav
M Johnston
58.5
Randwick
1600m
George Main Northern Reward
1:40.00G
9-Oct-82
Won
8 ran
4-7 fav
P Cook
59
Caulfield
2000m
Caulfield Stakes Debs Mate
2:02.30G
23-Oct-82
Won
14 ran
7-4 fav
P Cook
59
Moonee Valley
2050m
WS Cox Plate Grosvenor
2:05.50G
2-Nov-82
2nd
23 ran
6-1
M Johnston
59
Flemington
3200m
Melbourne Cup Gurner's Lane
3:22.10F
27-Nov-82
Won
14 ran
9-10 f
M Johnston
58.5
Ascot
1800m
Western Mail Classic Getting Closer
1:50.78G

 

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