This Weekend in Racing: Kingston Town Classic

Dec 4, 2020

By Terry Kennedy


 In breaking news…due to popular demand the deadline for trainer pitches has been extended for The Racing League.

Videos from leading trainers around the country continue to roll in to TRL headquarters and in an effort to allow all owners from all teams time to digest the pitches we’ve extended the deadline.

Trainers want YOU to VOTE for them to train for YOUR team.

The window for trainers will now be closed off on Sunday, January 3.

As an owner in the TRL, you’ll have a week to VOTE (starting on Monday, January 4)  on who trains for your team, with the winning trainers announced on Monday, January 11, the day before the Magic Millions starts on the Gold Coast.

WA trainers need to get a wriggle on

It’s probably no surprise that champion Fremantle player Hayden Ballantyne has been the quickest off the mark to throw his hat into the ring to train for YOU as part of the WA Black Hearts.

We’ll be making his video pitch public very soon, but he’s only one of six trainers needed for the Black Hearts team. Jim Taylor has also had the cameras in action down at his farm.

WA Ambassador and Black Hearts team manager Brittany Taylor is marshalling the troops. Expect pitches from Adam Durrant, the Pearce Brothers and Todd Harvey.

But you can also TAG your favourite trainer and encourage him or her to pitch.

Just a reminder each team is made up of 4 yearlings and 2 tried horses…so get your favourite WA trainers involved.


Micro-ownership On A Roll

There’s nothing better than lifeless racetracks being brought alive through micro-ownership groups who turn out in numbers to add some tremendous atmosphere to an otherwise dull meeting.

The miRunners organisation is on a serious roll and certainly playing it’s part in revitalising some lack lustre meetings.

Five of the last six runners for miRunners have been winners and there could be another one this weekend.

Dusty Tycoon is looking to add to the impressive tally when she takes on a strong field in Race 9 at  Doomben on Saturday.

Trainer Rob Heathcote is delighted with her progress and with the blinkers added stands a great chance of adding some black type to her pedigree.

Rob Heathcote wants to train for you in The Racing League, check out his pitch.


WA’s champion jockey William Pike will be looking for redemption in this Saturday’s Group One Kingston Town Classic aboard the very talented Inspirational Girl.

It doesn’t happen often but Pike failed to deliver last weekend when he was beaten on an odds-on favourite in Trekking in the Group One Winterbottom.

Pike will have to be at his best on Inspirational Girl in the Kingston Town, she has drawn barrier 18, but remains the short priced favourite and is coming off that super impressive last start win in the Group One Railway.

Inspirational Girl is looking to become the first horse since Sniper’s Bullet in 2009 to win both the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic in the same year.



7 time champion Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan, who’s pitched to be a trainer in The Racing League for the Queensland Rogues has a strong hand in the feature event at Doomben this Saturday the $200,000, Group 3, George Moore Stakes at Doomben.

Gollan worked his magic to have Jonker break a long drought last start, while Outback Barbie, who was disappointing in two starts in Sydney is extremely good fresh.

Punters believe Jonker can now go back to back and is a firm favourite, while Outback Barbie is around the $18 mark.

Click here to watch Tony Gollan’s trainer pitch.



Magic Millions Get In Quick

Now “the Queensland Wall” has fallen and the border is open, there are still plenty of restrictions for fans wanting to attend the Magic Millions Carnival in January.

The crowd for Gold Coast Turf Club’s biggest day of the year will be restricted to approximately 14,000 people instead of the normal 24,000.

You may well say, how did the Queensland Government allow 50,000 people for the Origin decider only last month. Well, strangely enough football stadiums in Queensland are classed as outdoor venues while racetracks are considered indoor venues…go figure.