Kembla Grange Classic

The Kembla Grange Classic is a Group 3 event run in March at Kembla Grange Racecourse in New South Wales by a field of three-year-old fillies with ATC Oaks potential.

2018 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Luvaluva
  • 2nd: #3 Torvill
  • 3rd: #10 Wedgie



The Keith F Nolan Classic – now run as the Kembla Grange Classic – is a Group 3 race run at Kembla Grange Racecourse each March by the Illawarra Turf Club during the autumn.

The event is a 1600m mile event for three-year-old fillies at set weights plus penalties and offers $200,000 in total prize money.

Fillies in the Kembla Grange Classic field may come off a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up in a race like the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).

The best out of the race may back-up in a tougher Sydney race including the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens at the end of the month and Single Gaze (2016) was the last filly to complete the Keith Nolan Classic – Vinery Stud Stakes double. The Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) during Royal Randwick’s The Championships in April is another later option.

The Kembla Grange Classic 2018 ran on Friday March 16, 2018 and was won in impressively by the John Sargent-trained Luvaluva.

2018 Kembla Grange Classic
Date: Friday March 16, 2018
Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies / Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Luvaluva
  • 2nd: #3 Torvill
  • 3rd: #10 Wedgie

Check out the official Kembla Grange Classic 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the diving late win by Luvaluva who has secured top spot in futures ATC Oaks betting for next month.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 3 57kg $5
2 3 TORVILL Clarry Conners Christian Reith 0.2L 9 55kg $3.50F
3 10 WEDGIE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 0.7L 6 54kg $11
4 2 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 1.7L 4 56kg $6.50
5 9 DANCERS Brad Widdup Ms Katelyn Mallyon 1.9L 5 54kg $41
6 12 MANDYLION Gwenda Markwell Brenton Avdulla 2.3L 7 54kg $31
7 4 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.5L 11 54kg $4
8 6 AONAIR Chris Waller Jay Ford 3.5L 13 54kg $91
9 5 STELLA VICTORIA David Payne Andrew Adkins 3.7L 2 54kg $71
10 7 BURDEN OF PROOF Theresa Bateup Ms Jess Taylor 4.7L 8 54kg $81
11 8 TOUCH OF MINK Matthew Smith Jason Collett 5.5L 12 54kg $11
12 13 TO YOUR HEALTH Anthony & Edward Cummings Glyn Schofield 7L 10 54kg $61
13 15 JUST GORGEOUS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 7.1L 14 54kg $101
14 11 GRAND THEFT AUTO Edward O’Rourke Jean Van Overmeire (a) 14.9L 1 54kg $101
14 SEMARI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brenton Avdulla 0

2018 Kembla Grange Classic Odds

The autumn’s best Kembla Grange Classic 2018 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Kembla Grange Classic Field

The Keith F Nolan Classic field – now the Kembla Grange Classic – features a classy line-up of three-year-old fillies progressing to tougher and or longer distance races during the autumn in Sydney.

The official 2018 Kembla Grange Classic field and barriers are set for release the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

The Kembla Grange Classic 2018 Final Field attracted 15 fillies but the early scratching of Semari leaves 14 hopefuls for Friday’s Group 3 feature. One of the early favourites in ATC Oaks betting, Luvaluva, is in the mi drawn well in barrier three with Kerrin McEvoy riding the Wakeful Stakes winner. One on her outside in barrier four is the in-form Lindsay Park-trained Rimraam who won the Group 3 Vanity Stakes (1400m) at Flemington first-up before a third to Shoals in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m). Runner-up in that Group 1 race and also backing-up in the Kembla Grange Classic field is Torvill for Clarry Conners.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1776214×6 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 3 57kg 83
2 x221237x13 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 4 56kg 90
3 0212310×32 TORVILL Clarry Conners Christian Reith 9 55kg 91
4 9x41199x31 PANDEMONIUM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12 54kg 75
5 233×233125 STELLA VICTORIA David Payne Andrew Adkins 2 54kg 65
6 33x14921x8 AONAIR Chris Waller Jay Ford 14 54kg 70
7 3711455×41 BURDEN OF PROOF Theresa Bateup Ms Jess Taylor 8 54kg 65
8 43x3253x27 TOUCH OF MINK Matthew Smith Jason Collett 13 54kg
9 1321×37 DANCERS Brad Widdup Ms Katelyn Mallyon 5 54kg 66
10 0x11 WEDGIE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 6 54kg 66
11 5336×13532 GRAND THEFT AUTO Edward O’Rourke Ms Rachel King (a) 1 54kg 57
12 21 MANDYLION Gwenda Markwell Brenton Avdulla 7 54kg 67
13 14 TO YOUR HEALTH Anthony & Edward Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54kg 63
14 2×41 SEMARI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brenton Avdulla 10 54kg 62
15 7046×32 JUST GORGEOUS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 15 54kg

 

Keith F Nolan Classic History

The Keith Nolan Classic – officially the Keith F Nolan Classic – is named in honour of the Illawarra Turf Club’s founding chairman Keith F. Nolan who passed away in 2005. The event has been run and won since 2003 and the inaugural winner was Ain’t Seen Nothing. Since then plenty of quality fillies have won the race including Hot Danish (2007), Allez Wonder (2009), Brazilian Pulse (2011), Appearance (2012) and Single Gaze (2016).

The race began as a Listed event and gained its current Group 3 status in 2010. For one year in 2011 the Keith Nolan Classic ran at Rosehill Gardens due to the unsuitable conditions at Kembla Grange Racecourse, which is one of New South Wales’ leading provincial race tracks.

Recent Keith F Nolan / Kembla Grange Classic Winners

See below for the full list of Keith Nolan Classic winners and results going back to the inaugural edition in 2003.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Kembla Grange Classic
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Luvaluva 1 minute 35.55 seconds
2nd Torvill
3rd Wedgie
2017
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Dawn Wall 1 minute 36.6 seconds
2nd Lubiton
3rd Faraway Town
2016
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Single Gaze 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Dixie Blossoms
3rd Asinara
2015
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Slightly Sweet 1 minute 35.4 seconds
2nd Wine Tales
3rd Heavens Above
2014
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Zanbagh 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Role Model
3rd Metaphorical
2013
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Cameo 1 minute 35.1 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Gold Epona
2012
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Appearance 1 minute 38 seconds
2nd She Goes To Rio
3rd Aliyana Tilde
2011
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Brazilian Pulse 1 minute 52 seconds
2nd Fibrilation
3rd Honor Net
2010
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Slapstick 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Mirrasalo
3rd Spinnawitch
2009
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Aleez Wonder 1 minute 34.6 seconds
2nd Above Perfection
3rd Miss Darcey
2008
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Bernicia 1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Raise
3rd Heavenly Glow
2007
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 37.21 seconds
2nd Miss Pageantry
3rd Rose Of Sharon
2006
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Pasikatera 1 minute 36.81 seconds
2nd No Name For A Lady
3rd China Jade
2005
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Ponte Piccolo 1 minute 36.28 seconds
2nd Pleasure Ground
3rd Villa Bled
2004
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st La Nikita 1 minute 35.21 seconds
2nd Timbourina
3rd Touched By God
2003
Keith F Nolan Classic
1st Ain’t Seen Nothin’ 1 minute 34.80 seconds
2nd Domielle
3rd Huit

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