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.

2020 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Asiago
  • 2nd: #14 Shout The Bar
  • 3rd: #8 All Saints' Eve



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. 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 Kembla Grange Classic 2020 ran on Friday March 13, 2020 and was won narrowly by the Godolphin-raced Asiago.

2020 Kembla Grange Classic
Date: Friday March 13, 2020
Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies / Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Asiago
  • 2nd: #14 Shout The Bar
  • 3rd: #8 All Saints’ Eve

The James Cummings-trained Asiago ($12) made it two wins from as many starts at the track scoring a narrow victory over Shout The Bar ($10) in a narrow Kembla Grange Classic 2020 result. In a thrilling finish under a length separated the first six over the line, jockey Hugh Bowman holding on to take it out with Godolphin’s Group 1-bound daughter of Medaglia D’Oro.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 ASIAGO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 56kg $12
2 14 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.1L 15 54kg $10
3 8 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.3L 5 54kg $14
4 2 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.5L 7 55kg $3.70F
5 4 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0.6L 14 54kg $4.20
6 9 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Christian Reith 0.8L 1 54kg $51
7 3 AKARI Brad Widdup James McDonald 1L 3 55kg $5
8 7 DOROTHY OF OZ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 1.5L 9 54kg $31
9 6 GAME OF THORNS Kris Lees Tim Clark 1.6L 12 54kg $12
10 5 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 1.8L 10 54kg $18
11 10 STRANGE CHARM Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.6L 13 54kg $101
12 13 BUBA Gerald Ryan Ms Rachel King 5.6L 6 54kg $81
13 15 PIERRO ROSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 7.6L 11 54kg $101
14 12 DONNACHIARA Anthony Cummings Mitchell Bell 9.1L 8 54kg (cd 55kg) $101
15 16 SORRIDERE Kerry Parker Jay Ford 12.4L 4 54kg $201
17e LADY TAVISTA (NZ) Brad Widdup 0
11 DARLING POINT Brad Widdup 0

2020 Kembla Grange Classic Odds

The autumn’s best Kembla Grange Classic 2020 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 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 2020 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 2020 final field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old fillies led in betting by the Team Snowden-trained Thousand Guineas runner-up Missile Mantra dropping back in grade after her fifth in the Group 1 Surround Stakes last start.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 87x11181x3 ASIAGO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 56kg 78
2 11x5552x05 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg 92
3 23x2111x77 AKARI Brad Widdup James McDonald 3 55kg 81
4 1x2160x12 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 16 54kg 78
5 7x61231x5 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 54kg 76
6 154x832x1 GAME OF THORNS Kris Lees Tim Clark 14 54kg 76
7 442x151x5 DOROTHY OF OZ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 9 54kg 67
8 5×4121 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 68
9 859x2x11 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Christian Reith 1 54kg 65
10 8725×5531 STRANGE CHARM Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 15 54kg 63
11 2x163x95 DARLING POINT Brad Widdup TBA 11 54kg 61
12 98×4811 DONNACHIARA Anthony Cummings Mitchell Bell 8 54kg 59
13 415×1 BUBA Gerald Ryan Ms Rachel King 6 54kg 64
14 11 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 17 54kg 67
15 645x37x1 PIERRO ROSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 13 54kg 60
16 8x530x031 SORRIDERE Kerry Parker Jay Ford 4 54kg 56
17e 37×14 LADY TAVISTA (NZ) Brad Widdup TBA 12 54kg 59

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
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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