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Timeform Recap: Kingston Town Classic

Local trainer Alan Matthews landed a surprise upset in the Kingston Town Classic with Pounamu reigning supreme in the staying feature.

Timeform Recap: Kingston Town Classic

Local trainer Alan Matthews landed a surprise upset in the Kingston Town Classic with Pounamu reigning supreme in the staying feature.

While an eye catcher late in the Railway Stakes, even Matthews felt he was up against it under the weight-for-age conditions.

Star galloper Black Heart Bart Horseform was sent out the warm favourite, but after suffering heavy interference shortly after the start, he was quickly put out of play.


Ridden patiently by regular rider Patrick Carbery, Pounamu Horseform settled towards the rear, before pulling one of the widest runners on straightening.

Unleashing a good turn of foot, Pounamu worked home strongly down the outside, edging out Material Man Horseform and three-year-old Achernar Star Horseform in the shadows of the post.

An impressive winner first up defeating Variation Horseform, Pounamu closed off well in the Railway Stakes and was sure to relish the step up in trip.

Although unproven at the top level, Pounamu relished the strong tempo and returned a Timeform rating of 115.

A new career peak for the six-year-old, Pounamu has come a long way since joining Matthews' care in January 2016.

Previously trained by Alan Denham, Pounamu was a 13 start maiden, placing at four attempts before transferred West, .

Group 3 placed twice behind Sweynesse Horseform as a three-year-old, Pounamu had certainly displayed his fair share of ability and now remains on an upward spiral for Matthews.

In 24 starts in West Australia, Pounamu has notched up nine wins and nine minor placings - not a bad record for a galloper once labelled a non-winner.

You can't fluke time and Pounamu's effort on Saturday typified that, his strongest against the clock.

His performance locks in well with previous local winners of the race, Perfect Reflection Horseform (113), Ihtsahymn Horseform (115), Luckygray Horseform (118) and Playing God Horseform (118 & 115).

Eastern raiders failed to fire a shot, It's Somewhat Horseform the best performed finishing fifth.

Three-year-olds Achernar Star and Perfect Jewel both performed admirably and create plenty of interest for their next preparation.

From a Perth Cup perspective the Team Williams trained Royal Star Horseform is one to follow (along with the first two home).

Racing And Sports



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R8 ASCOT 9 December 2017
Mm-Kingston Town Classic 3U , 1800m
Race Synopsis: Pounamu, a first up winner of the Asian Beau Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) here on 4 November, stepped up two runs later to register his first Group One victory in 37 starts here. He settled back in second last place, tracking a good tempo, before improving nicely (with cover) rounding the home turn. He sprinted well nearing the 200m, hit the front at the 50m and then went on to record a very good win. Material Man raced in seventh place, between runners, moved up nicely at the home turn, challenged at the 100m and then battled gamely for a good second. The three-year-old Achernar Star raced in fifth place, on the rails, was shuffled back a bit at the home turn, got a split at the 200m, challenged shortly afterwards and then fought on gamely for a very good third. The filly Perfect Jewel raced in third place, on the rails, got along the inner and briefly hit the front at the 200m before fighting on for (1.5 lengths) fourth. It’s Somewhat had a good trip in fourth place, one out and one back, briefly looked the winner when he moved up well to challenge at the 200m and then battled on for (2 lengths) fifth after seeming to have had every chance. The multiple Group One winner and favourite Black Heart Bart raced back in tenth place, on the rails, but was blocked nearing the home turn and then kept fighting on in restricted room in the straight for (5.3 lengths) ninth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
5. POUNAMU (AUS)
6yo Gelding
A D MATHEWS
PATRICK CARBERY
59.0
$21.00
 
AUTHORIZED (IRE) - TANGIWAI (AUS)
Thommo's Syndicate(Mgr: J L Thompson), Mrs P M Thompson, Ms R C Thompson, Ms A J Thompson, G Hilton
2nd  
6. MATERIAL MAN (AUS)
6yo Gelding
JUSTIN WARWICK
M PATEMAN
59.0
$31.00
 
VITAL EQUINE (IRE) - DEL LIRIO (AUS)
M J Mac Dermott, Mrs J Mac Dermott
3rd  
13. ACHERNAR STAR (AUS)
3yo Gelding
SIMON A MILLER
CHRIS PARNHAM
52.0
$8.50
 
GINGERBREAD MAN (AUS) - MORINE (AUS)
P V Walsh, A L Harrod, J Hardy, D Jancec, A Walker, R W Walker, M Gelmi, C Cowcher, S C Cowcher
 Feb 16, 2016 Perth Yearling Sale, $75000, ASTUTE BLOODSTOCK, NSW
 
4th  15. PERFECT JEWEL (AUS)
3yo Filly
G & A WILLIAMS
WILLIAM PIKE
50.0
$5.50
5th  2. IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA)
7yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
BRENTON AVDULLA
59.0
$7.00
6th  12. ROYAL STAR (AUS)
4yo Mare
G & A WILLIAMS
JARRAD NOSKE
56.5
$41.00
7th  14. MONEY MAHER (AUS)
3yo Colt
DANIEL & BEN PEARCE
J AZZOPARDI
52.0
$41.00
8th  3. GREAT SHOT (AUS)
5yo Gelding
RHYS RADFORD
CRAIG STAPLES
59.0
$41.00
9th  1. BLACK HEART BART (AUS)
7yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
BRAD RAWILLER
59.0
$3.25
10th  11. COSMIC STORM (AUS)
6yo Mare
G & A WILLIAMS
G SMITH
57.0
$41.00
11th  4. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
DAMIEN OLIVER
59.0
$9.00
12th  8. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
DOUGLAS WHYTE
59.0
$13.00
13th  7. ALL OUR ROADS (NZ)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL WALKER
59.0
$41.00


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