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 2019 Keith F Nolan Classic was taken out by Pohutukawa from Frankely Awesome with Scarlet Dream 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 15th March 2019|
|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 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.
The best guide to this race of late has been the Gr1 Surround Stakes held during the Sydney autumn racing carnival in Sydney. Pohutukawa (2019), Slightly Sweet (2015), Zanbagh (2014) and Cameo (2013) all finishing unplaced in that race before tasting success in the Keith F Nolan Classic.
Pohutukawa (2019) ran fifth in the Surround Stakes over 1400m at Randwick before scoring a comfortable victory in this event for the James Cummings stable. Recent Keith F Nolan Classic winners include Luvaluva (2018) and Dawn Wall (2017).
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. $1.65 Pohutukawa 55.0 James McDonald
2. $41.00 Frankely Awesome 54.0 Jason Collett
3. $10.00 Scarlet Dream 54.0 Robbie Dolan
4. $15.00 Romani Girl 54.0 Tommy Berry
5. $31.00 Welsh Legend 54.0 Jay Ford
6. $41.00 House Of Cartier 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $26.00 Lady Of Shalott 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $41.00 Almerheri 54.0 Andrew Adkins
9. $51.00 Liveinthefastlane 54.0 Jye McNeil
10. $17.00 Greysful Glamour 54.0 Tim Clark
11. $151.00 Lolita Gold 54.0 Adam Hyeronimus
12. $5.50 Sister Sledge 54.0 Glyn Schofield
13. $151.00 All Tiara 54.0 Yusuke Ichikawa
14. $51.00 Zourhea 54.0 Corey Brown
15. $71.00 I Like It Easy 55.0 Sam Clipperton
Margins: 1.3 len, 0.5 len
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|2019||Pohutukawa||Frankely Awesome||Scarlet Dream||1:37.5|
|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.