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Kingston Town
Australia Crest

Champion racehorse in the late ' 70s, early ' 80s, trained by T J Smith at Tulloch Lodge. Kingston Town was the only horse that T J would consider comparing to his great champion, Tulloch .

The King was owned and bred by banker David Hains when he put the German mare Ada Hunter to sire sensation-to-be Bletchingly. The mare had been found for Hains by champion golfer Norman Von Nida. At his first race start the future champion ran stone-motherless last, prompting a decision to take away his manhood.

Winner of 21 consecutive races in Sydney, including the AJC Derby, it was Melbourne where Kingston Town had his greatest and lowest moments.

Kingston Town winning Cox Plate
Kingston Town winning Cox Plate

Kingston Town won the 1980,' 81 and ' 82 Cox Plate and in ' 82 racecaller Bill Collins said at the turn into the straight at Moonee Valley - "And Kingston Town can't win!" - a most regrettable gaffe as the horse found another gear and swamped the field to win. A few weeks later and The King was narrowly beaten by Gurners Lane in the Melbourne Cup. Some say the jockey took the horse to the front too early in the run home.

For a horse who invariably raced carrying an injury of some sort it was remarkable that he could win 30 races, never mind including a score of high-class victories.

When he died in the ' 90s he was buried on his owners property, Kingston Park, in Victoria.

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