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.

2022 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #6 Pretty Amazing
  • 2nd: #3 Hope In Your Heart
  • 3rd: #2 Gin Martini



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 $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 2022 ran on Friday March 11, 2022 but with the Kembla Grange meeting abandoned due to heavy rainfall around New South Wales, the race took place at Goulburn Racecourse and saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Pretty Amazing ($2.90F) salute for the punters. 

2022 Kembla Grange Classic
Date: Friday March 11, 2022
Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies / Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2022 Kembla Grange Classic Results

  • 1st: #6 Pretty Amazing ($2.90F)
  • 2nd: #3 Hope In Your Heart
  • 3rd: #2 Gin Martini

The decision to scratch the Chris Waller-trained American Pharoah filly Pretty Amazing ($2.90F) from Saturday’s Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington in favour of a run in the wet in Sydney on Friday paid dividends with the favourite dominating the Kembla Grange Classic 2022 results at Goulburn to take her record to three wins (on the trot) from four starts.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 PRETTY AMAZING Chris Waller Tommy Berry 11 54kg $2.90F
2 3 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker William Pike 1.04L 2 54kg $4
3 2 GIN MARTINI (NZ) John Sargent Robbie Dolan 1.57L 6 54kg $11
4 12 DALCHINI Lee & Cherie Curtis Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.68L 3 54kg $16
5 10 CHARITY SPIRIT Gary Portelli Ms Alysha Collett 2.16L 9 54kg $26
6 4 LEKVARTE (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 2.73L 8 54kg $9
7 8 ELLENMAC Matthew Smith Jason Collett 5.17L 12 54kg $12
8 15 YOUTHFULL Brad Widdup Brock Ryan 5.29L 13 54kg $81
9 9 EMPRESS EL (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6.02L 5 54kg $20
10 16 CHANCE REWARD Nell Foley Ms Winona Costin 6.54L 10 54kg $101
11 5 MISS MADISON (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 7.62L 7 54kg $51
12 14 ULTIMATE PRIDE (NZ) Chris Waller Tom Sherry (a) 11L 1 54kg $31
13 7 SUMMERBEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11.31L 4 54kg $11
1 ROOTS Chris Waller 0
11 SANSTOC (NZ) Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 0
13 YASAMINE Richard & Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Kembla Grange Classic Betting Odds

The autumn’s best Kembla Grange Classic 2022 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.

2022 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 2022 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 2022 final field will face off at a new location, Goulburn Racecourse, with the Kembla Grange meeting on Friday abandoned due to heavy rainfall and the lightly-raced Chris Waller-trained Press Statement filly Roots is favourite to win.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 123×1 ROOTS Chris Waller (late alt) 2 54kg 71
2 6238×2811 GIN MARTINI (NZ) John Sargent Robbie Dolan 7 54kg 68
3 74x141x336 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker William Pike 3 54kg 68
4 62x3451x12 LEKVARTE (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 10 54kg 68
5 27418983 MISS MADISON (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 8 54kg 67
6 811 PRETTY AMAZING Chris Waller Tommy Berry 13 54kg 65
7 8×711 SUMMERBEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 54kg 63
8 131 ELLENMAC Matthew Smith Jason Collett 15 54kg 63
9 1×3 EMPRESS EL (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 62
10 24x8521x42 CHARITY SPIRIT Gary Portelli Ms Alysha Collett 11 54kg 61
11 31 SANSTOC (NZ) Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 14 54kg 61
12 342×31 DALCHINI Lee & Cherie Curtis Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 54kg 60
13 6×165 YASAMINE Richard & Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller (a) 9 54kg 56
14 453×2 ULTIMATE PRIDE (NZ) Chris Waller (late alt) 1 54kg
15 0x3723x5 YOUTHFULL Brad Widdup Brock Ryan 16 54kg
16 3×3 CHANCE REWARD Nell Foley Ms Winona Costin 12 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Kembla Grange Classic Nominations

Early nominations for the Kembla Grange Classic in 2022 will be provided below the week of the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2111026×71 HINGED F 3 Chris Waller 1 58kg 100
2 4x3111x15 FANGIRL F 3 Chris Waller 2 57kg 93
3 1x23204x54 HERESY F 3 James Cummings 3 56kg 84
4 11×23 ESPIONA F 3 Chris Waller 4 55kg 94
5 36×7217110 SWEET RUBY F 3 Kim Waugh 5 54kg 76
6 123×1 ROOTS F 3 Chris Waller 6 54kg 71
7 6238×2811 GIN MARTINI (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 7 54kg 68
8 62x3451x12 LEKVARTE (NZ) F 3 Joseph Pride 8 54kg 68
9 4211x FINEPOINT F 3 Chris Waller 9 54kg 70
10 74x141x336 HOPE IN YOUR HEART F 3 Kerry Parker 10 54kg 68
11 24x8521x42 CHARITY SPIRIT F 3 Gary Portelli 11 54kg 61
12 811 PRETTY AMAZING F 3 Chris Waller 12 54kg 65
13 131 ELLENMAC F 3 Matthew Smith 13 54kg 63
14 342×31 DALCHINI F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 14 54kg 60
15 8×711 SUMMERBEEL (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15 54kg 63
16 8x3x232 RUINART F 3 John O’Shea 16 54kg
17 x8209x6483 GALACTIC ANGEL F 3 Anthony Cummings 17 54kg
18 31 SANSTOC (NZ) F 3 Mark Newnham 18 54kg 61
19 27418983 MISS MADISON (NZ) F 3 Bjorn Baker 19 54kg 67
20 7×10 I’M DIVINE F 3 Edward Cummings 20 54kg 61
21 453×2 ULTIMATE PRIDE (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 21 54kg
22 6×165 YASAMINE F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 22 54kg 56
23 0x3723x5 YOUTHFULL F 3 Brad Widdup 23 54kg
24 1×3 EMPRESS EL (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 24 54kg 62
25 3×3 CHANCE REWARD F 3 Nell Foley 25 54kg
26 4 NAUTICAL MISS (NZ) F 3 Gwenda Markwell 26 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
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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