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Keith F Nolan Classic

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 2017 Keith F Nolan Classic was taken out by Dawn Wall from Lubiton with Faraway Town 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.

Keith F Nolan Classic info

Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Track: Kembla Grange racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weight + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2017 Winner: Dawn Wall

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 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.

Dwan Wall (2017) scored in a 3YO BM71 race over 1800m at Rosehill for the Chris Waller stable before winning this event and recent Keith F Nolan Classic winners include Single Gaze (2016) and Slightly Sweet (2015).

Kembla Grange Track Map

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.

kembla grange track map

2017 Keith F Nolan Classic result

1. $4.80 Dawn Wall 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $3.30 Lubiton 54.0 Glyn Schofield
3. $6.00 Faraway Town 54.0 Corey Brown

then followed
4. $21.00 Perfect Rhyme 54.0 Andrew Adkins
5. $81.00 Concessions 54.0 Ms Jess Taylor
6. $18.00 Siren’S Fury 54.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
7. $3.60 Hussterical 54.0 Tim Clark
8. $41.00 Fleeting Stryke 54.0 Jay Ford
9. $11.00 Ceylon 54.0 Luke Currie
10. $19.00 Foxy Housewife 54.0 Jeff Penza
11. $91.00 Hold All Tickets 54.0 Grant Buckley

Margins: 0.4 len, 4 len
Time: 1:36.60

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Keith F Nolan Classic recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2014 Zanbagh Role Model Metaphorical 1:37.8
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
2010 Slapstick Mirrasalo Spinnawitch 1:35.8
2009 Allez Wonder Above Perfection Miss Darcey 1:34.6
2008 Bernicia Raise Heavenly Glow 1.37:5

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.