West Aussie gun Inspirational Girl remains a firm favourite for the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot despite being handed a wide draw in Saturday’s feature.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained five-year-old stuck solid as the $2.10 favourite with TAB.com.au after drawing barrier 18 on Tuesday night.
It will likely see Inspirational Girl jump one from the outside (gate 15) in the final field of 16 this weekend once emergencies are taken out.
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.
The daughter of Reliable Man was outstanding winning the Railway Stakes a fortnight ago by 1-3/4 lengths.
Jockey William Pike will continue his partnership with the Bob Peters-owned mare this weekend.
Her main rivals according to the bookies drew side-by-side with the Lindsey Smith-trained Too Close The Sun ($8) in gate 10 and Neville Parnham’s Kay Cee ($9) outside her.
Kay Cee is hoping to become the first horse since Playing God in 2010 and 2011 to secure back-to-back victories in the weight-for-age classic.
The Sean and Jake Casey-trained Dom To Shoot received some support, shortening from $11 to $10 after drawing barrier 7.
Last year’s Kingston Town Classic runner-up Gailo Chop, trained by Matthew Williams, has drawn barrier four but is a $35 outsider.
He will be ridden by Winterbottom Stakes champion jockey Brad Rawiller.
The full field can be found on Racenet HERE.
Originally published asKingston Town Classic: Favourite draws wide
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