Kembla Grange Classic Race Information

The Kembla Grange Classic is a 1600 metre set weights plus penalties race for three-year-old fillies run by the Illawarra Turf Club in March. It is held at Kembla Grange as the feature event of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 3YO fillies
  • Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse, Kembla Grange, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Friday 12 March 2021

Kembla Grange Classic Race History

The race was first held as a Listed race over 1600m called the Keith F Nolan Classic in 2003 when it was won by Ain’t Seen Nothin’ trained by Barbara Joseph and ridden by John Scorse. Keith Nolan was the founding chairman of the Illawarra Turf Club, and he passed away in 2005. It was upgraded to the current Group 3 status in 2010. and in 2011 it was held over 1800m at Rosehill because the Kembla Grange track was unsuitable for racing. From 2016 it has been known as the Kembla Grange Classic.

Useful Facts

Fastest time (1600m): Allez Wonder (2009) 1:34:62

Leading trainers: Guy Walter with 4 wins (Zanbagh 2014; Appearance 2012; Slapstick 2010, Bernicia 2008)

Interesting trivia: 2019 winner Pohutukawa and 2020 winner Asiago were both sired by Medaglia D’oro.

Past winners of the Kembla Grange Classic

Winners of past Kembla Grange Classics include Single Gaze (2016), Appearance (2012), Brazilian Pulse (2011), Allez Wonder (2009) and Hot Danish (2007).

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Miravalle Elizabeel Pippali
2020 Asiago Shout The Bar All Saints’ Eve
2019 Pohutukawa Frankely Awesome Scarlet Dream
2018 Luvaluva Torvill Wedgie
2017 Dawn Wall Lubiton Faraway Town
2016 Single Gaze Dixie Blossoms Asinara
2015 Slightly Sweet Wine Tales Heavens Above
2014 Zanbagh Role Model Metaphorical
2013 Cameo Royal Descent Gold Epona
2012 Appearance She Goes To Rio Aliyana Tilde
2011 Brazilian Pulse Fibrilation Honor Net
2010 Slapstick Mirrasalo Spinnawitch
2009 Aleez Wonder Above Perfection Miss Darcey
2008 Bernicia Raise Heavenly Glow
2007 Hot Danish Miss Pageantry Rose Of Sharon
2006 Pasikatera No Name For A Lady China Jade
2005 Ponte Piccolo Pleasure Ground Villa Bled
2004 La Nikita Timbourina Touched By God
2003 Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Domielle Huit