The Keith F Nolan Classic is a Group 3 race for 3yo Fillies that generally takes place in March each year at Kembla Grange racecourse in New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and offers $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Keith F Nolan Classic was taken out by Luvaluva from Torvill with Wedgie third.
Kembla Grange Racecourse is located around 95 kilometres South of Sydney on the Princes Highway and the Kembla Grange track is built almost identical to Randwick racecourse.
|Date:||Friday 16th March 2018|
|Track:||Kembla Grange racecourse, Kembla Grange|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weight + Penalty|
The Keith F Nolan Classic is a more than handy 3yo fillies event on the provincial circuit at Kembla Grange that tends to attract above average females each year during the Sydney autumn racing carnival, which resulted in the race being upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2009/2010 racing season.
Fillies from this race will more than likely head on to the Gr1 Storm Queen Stakes on Golden Slipper day which is the ideal lead up race to the premier fillies event of the autumn, the Gr1 ATC Australian Oaks at Randwick.
The step up to the 2000 metres of the Storm Queen gives fillies a chance to test their staying abilities with an eye on tackling the Oaks. Single Gaze (2017) is the last filly to snare the Keith F Nolan Classic & Storm Queen Stakes double, while Purple (9th in 2009) took out the Storm Queen Stakes after finishing unplaced in this event.
This race has proven to be a good guide to feature fillies & mares races in recent times with Luvaluva (2018), Candlebra (7th in 2015), Arabian Gold (11th in 2014) and Royal Descent (2nd in 2013) all taking out the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick after contesting this race. Royal Descent went on to win the Gr1 ATC Australian Oaks as well.
In previous years Brazilian Pulse (2012) won the Gr1 VRC Oaks at Flemington the following spring, while Appearance (2012) managed to take out the Gr1 Myer Classic at Flemington and the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill.
Luvaluva (2018) finished sixth in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill in Sydney before heading to Kebla grange to score a stylish victory in this event and recent Keith F Nolan Classic winners include Dawn Wall (2017) and Single Gaze (2016).
Kembla Grange race track has a circumference of 2200 metres and a good size straight of 420 metres, with a track width of 25 metres. The Kembla Grange racecourse itself was built to the same dimensions as Randwick Racecourse and therefore suits horses who prefer bigger tracks and have the ability to finish a race off with purpose.
1. $5.00 Luvaluva 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $3.50 Torvill 55.0 Christian Reith
3. $11.00 Wedgie 54.0 Corey Brown
4. $6.50 Rimraam 56.0 Damien Oliver
5. $41.00 Dancers 54.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
6. $31.00 Mandylion 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $4.00 Pandemonium 54.0 Tim Clark
8. $91.00 Aonair 54.0 Jay Ford
9. $71.00 Stella Victoria 54.0 Andrew Adkins
10. $81.00 Burden Of Proof 54.0 Ms Jess Taylor
11. $11.00 Touch Of Mink 54.0 Jason Collett
12. $61.00 To Your Health 54.0 Glyn Schofield
13. $101.00 Just Gorgeous 54.0 Adam Hyeronimus
14. $101.00 Grand Theft Auto 54.0 Jean Van Overmeire
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.5 len
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|2017||Dawn Wall||Lubiton||Faraway Town||1:36.6|
|2016||Single Gaze||Dixie Blossoms||Asinara||1:37.3|
|2015||Slightly Sweet||Wine Tales||Heavens Above||1:35.4|
|2013||Cameo||Royal Descent||Gold Epona||1:35.1|
|2012||Appearance||She Goes To Rio||Aliyana Tilde||1:38.0|
|2011||Brazilian Pulse||Fibrillation||Honor Net||1:52.0|
|2009||Allez Wonder||Above Perfection||Miss Darcey||1:34.6|
In 2011 the Keith F Nolan Stakes was held at Rosehill racecourse over a distance of 1800 metres due to Kembla Grange racecourse being unfit for racing at the time.