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.

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Queen Of Dragons
  • 2nd: #11 Our Gold Hope
  • 3rd: #10 Waikato



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.

*Note: The 2022 Kembla Grange Classic ran at Goulburn Racecourse due to the Kembla Grange meeting being abandoned. 

The event is a 1600m mile event for three-year-old fillies at set weights plus penalties and offers $250,000 in total prize money as of 2024.

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.

More recently, Frankely Awesome ran second in both the Kembla Grange Classic and Vinery Stud Stakes in 2019. The Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) during Royal Randwick’s The Championships in April is another later option.

The 2022 Kembla Grange Classic form was franked with the runner-up Hope In Your Heart returning in the spring to win a number of races before a fourth in the $10 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill and second in the $1 million The Gong (1600m) which is the richest race held annually at Kembla Grange.

Gin Martini meanwhile ran third in both the Kembla Grange Classic and Group 1 ATC Oaks in 2022.

In 2023 the Kembla Grange Classic form was franked with the winner Pavitra running second next start in the Vinery Stud Stakes results, while runner-up So Dazzling also finished second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks that prep.

The Kembla Grange Classic 2024 ran on Friday March 15, 2024 as a key lead-up to the Vinery Stud Stakes and was won in an impressive upset by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Queen Of Dragons ($12). 

2024 Kembla Grange Classic
Date: Friday March 15, 2024
Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies / Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Queen Of Dragons ($12)
  • 2nd: #11 Our Gold Hope
  • 3rd: #10 Waikato

A gun ride by Tyler Schiller saw the progressive Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pierro filly Queen Of Dragons ($12) celebrate her second career successive driving through to beat home local roughie Our Gold Hope ($26) by a length in the 2024 Kembla Grange Classic results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 QUEEN OF DRAGONS Peter & Paul Snowden Tyler Schiller 4 54kg $12
2 11 OUR GOLD HOPE Robert & Luke Price Dylan Gibbons (a) 1L 7 54kg $26
3 10 WAIKATO GIRL (NZ) Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 1.2L 1 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $21
4 7 PRIVATE LEGACY Gregory Hickman Ms Rachel King 2L 5 54kg $11
5 1 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 2.2L 9 55kg $5.50
6 15 GOOD BANTER (NZ) John O’Shea Jason Collett 2.4L 11 54kg $13
7 2 TUTTA LA VITA Chris Waller Tom Marquand 2.5L 14 54kg (cd 55kg) $2.80F
8 9 SEAFALL Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 4.3L 6 54kg $26
9 6 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 4.8L 3 54kg $14
10 13 GLOBAL PIVOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5.3L 10 54kg $31
11 3 HARLOW MIST (NZ) John Sargent Reece Jones 6.1L 2 54kg $9.50
12 14 COLOURS OF AUTUMN Brad Widdup Chad Schofield 9.1L 8 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $21
13 17e ABOUT A GIRL (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 9.2L 13 54kg $41
14 16 NOBLE TESS Brad Widdup Ms Alysha Collett 12L 12 54kg $201
8 LAST STRAW John Sargent Brock Ryan 0
12 ZARROSE Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 0
4 MARE OF MT BULLER Chris Waller Tom Marquand 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Betting Odds

The autumn’s best Kembla Grange Classic 2024 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Pretty Amazing ($2.90 in 2022) was the last favourite in Kembla Grange Classic betting to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 KEMBLA GRANGE CLASSIC ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 KEMBLA GRANGE CLASSIC FORM GUIDE

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Kembla Grange Classic 2024 Tips on the Friday Group 3 this March.

  • To Win: #7 Private Legacy ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Look for a potential upset from Gregory Hickman’s well-bred The Autumn Sun filly, Private Legacy. Despite already having nine races under her belt, she’s clearly on an upward trajectory. Coming off an impressive maiden win at Kembla Grange, she dominated by 1.3 lengths while carrying a significant weight of 58.5kg. Here, she receives a welcome weight reduction to 54kg. A Group 1 performer, she enters the race in peak condition and has drawn a favourable barrier five. Private Legacy offers significant value and could surprise again.

2024 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 2024 Kembla Grange Classic field and barriers are set for release the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

A class line-up of three-year-old fillies face off in the Kembla Grange Classic 2024 final field with markets led by Tutta La Vita who is a dual acceptor also in the mix for Saturday’s Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes at Rosehill.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 32x1165x70 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 10 55kg 77
2 221x6734x3 TUTTA LA VITA Chris Waller Tom Marquand 17 54kg 55kg 90
3 111338×4 HARLOW MIST (NZ) John Sargent Reece Jones 2 54kg 76
4 4×111 MARE OF MT BULLER Chris Waller Tom Marquand 13 54kg 55kg 73
5 46x51972x6 QUEEN OF DRAGONS Peter & Paul Snowden Tyler Schiller 4 54kg 72
6 24x4012x9 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 3 54kg 70
7 2428067×21 PRIVATE LEGACY Gregory Hickman Ms Rachel King 5 54kg 68
8 1x06x28 LAST STRAW John Sargent Brock Ryan 7 54kg 65
9 531 SEAFALL Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 6 54kg 65
10 31×27 WAIKATO GIRL (NZ) Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg 55kg 65
11 13×513 OUR GOLD HOPE Robert & Luke Price Dylan Gibbons (a) 8 54kg 64
12 215×1376 ZARROSE Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 15 54kg 64
13 43158×2 GLOBAL PIVOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 54kg 63
14 68x417x2 COLOURS OF AUTUMN Brad Widdup Chad Schofield 9 54kg 55kg 62
15 81x4x44 GOOD BANTER (NZ) John O’Shea Jason Collett 12 54kg 60
16 79×53514 NOBLE TESS Brad Widdup Ms Alysha Collett 14 54kg 58
17e 1×45 ABOUT A GIRL (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 16 54kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.  

2024 Kembla Grange Classic Nominations

Early nominations for the Kembla Grange Classic in 2024 will be provided below the week of the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 221x6734x3 TUTTA LA VITA F 3 Chris Waller 1 54kg 90
2 32x1165x70 ARCTIC GLAMOUR F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 2 55kg 77
3 111338×4 HARLOW MIST (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 3 54kg 76
4 46x51972x6 QUEEN OF DRAGONS F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 54kg 72
5 24x4012x9 KIND WORDS F 3 Kris Lees 5 54kg 70
6 4×111 MARE OF MT BULLER F 3 Chris Waller 6 54kg 73
7 2428067×21 PRIVATE LEGACY F 3 Gregory Hickman 7 54kg 68
8 31×27 WAIKATO GIRL (NZ) F 3 Michael Freedman 8 54kg 65
9 215×1376 ZARROSE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 54kg 64
10 531 SEAFALL F 3 Chris Waller 10 54kg 65
11 13×513 OUR GOLD HOPE F 3 Robert & Luke Price 11 54kg 64
12 68x417x2 COLOURS OF AUTUMN F 3 Brad Widdup 12 54kg 62
13 1x06x28 LAST STRAW F 3 John Sargent 13 54kg 65
14 43158×2 GLOBAL PIVOT F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14 54kg 63
15 79×53514 NOBLE TESS F 3 Brad Widdup 15 54kg 58
16 81x4x44 GOOD BANTER (NZ) F 3 John O’Shea 16 54kg 60
17 16x60586x FIRESTORM (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 17 54kg 68
18 8×78253 BUSH GIRL F 3 Kerry Parker 18 54kg
19 1×45 ABOUT A GIRL (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 19 54kg 60
20 0x67 EPIC STATEMENT F 3 Peter Green 20 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

In 2022 the event was moved to Goulburn Racecourse due to heavy rainfall and an unsuitable track at Kembla Grange.

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
2024
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Queen Of Dragons TBD
2nd Our Gold Hope
3rd Waikato
2023
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Pavitra 1 minute 34.35 seconds
2nd So Dazzling
3rd Pierossa
2022
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Pretty Amazing 1 minute 39.21 seconds
2nd Hope In Your Heart
3rd Gin Martini
2020
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Miravalle 1 minute 35.76 seconds
2nd Elizabeel
3rd Pippali
2020
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Asiago 1 minute 36.10 seconds
2nd Shout The Bar
3rd All Saints’ Eve
2019
Kembla Grange Classic
1st Pohutukawa 1 minute 37.57 seconds
2nd Frankely Awesome
3rd Scarlet Dream
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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