Keith F Nolan Classic 2012 Field & Barriers

Following Friday night’s William Reid Stakes meeting at Moonee Valley and Saturday’s Coolmore Classic Day at Rosehill, Kembla Grange will host a top day’s racing on Sunday headlined by the 2012 Keith F Nolan Classic.

Due to run as Race 6 at 4:16pm (NSW time) on Sunday afternoon, the $150,000 Group 3 Illawarra Mercury Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) has attracted a final field of 10 three-year-old fillies.

Heading the entries and sure to open the Keith F Nolan Classic betting favourite through bookmaker.com.au is Anthony Cummings’ in-form Captain Rio filly She Goes To Rio.

Out for her third win on the trot She Goes To Rio was last seen beating a smart field including the Peter Snowden-trained favourite Detours in the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) on March 11.

For Sunday jockey Peter Robl, aboard for her past two wins, will continue his association on She Goes To Rio from barrier five.

Another piping hot filly looking to extend a winning streak on Sunday in the Keith F Nolan Classic is the Peter Moody-trained Chateau Margaux.

Drawing widely in barrier nine with Luke Nolen to ride the nicely bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice out of Red Ransom mare Kylikwong has won three straight this time in including back-to-back victories over the Moonee Valley mile.

Chateau Margaux is going to relish her 54kg allocation under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the Keith F Nolan having carted a much heftier 59kg and then 60kg to victory at her two most recent appearances.

Drawn one inside of She Goes To Rio in barrier four with Nathan Berry booked to ride is then the other major Keith F Nolan Classic player for this year, the David Payne-trained Happy Hussy.

The Hussonet filly is well-tried having won three of her nine career starts to date.

At her last two runs Happy Hussy has finished third firstly to Punch On in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast and more recently to Think Mink in a 1400m Rosehill features on February 11.

Other notable chances in the 2012 Keith F Nolan Classic not without their claims include:

The John O’Shea-trained Colorado Claire out to bounce back after a last start eighth in the Canberra Guineas

Kerry Parker’s Snitzel filly Aliyana Tilde drawn on the rails and coming off a win at Gosford over the mile

The Guy Walter-trained Appearance also drawn nicely in gate two and who was last seen finishing fourth to Saturday’s 2012 Coolmore Classic favourite Streama in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm

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2012 Keith F Nolan Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Kembla Grange Race 6 – 4:16pm – 25/03/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11X211 SHE GOES TO RIO (NZ) Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 5 56kg 87
2 525X121133 HAPPY HUSSY David Payne Nathan Berry 4 54kg 81
3 1114X18 COLORADO CLAIRE John O’Shea Michael Rodd 8 54kg 76
4 44X111 CHATEAU MARGAUX Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 54kg 75
5 12X144 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Rod Quinn 2 54kg 74
6 5X69X14251 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker 1 54kg 69
7 3X11X84 CALINE Peter Snowden Christian Reith 7 54kg 68
8 100 PINEAPPLE Kerry Parker 3 54kg 66
9 32 PLUMM Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 6 54kg 61
10 7X05756 PEDRINATE Gwenda Markwell 10 54kg 52