Kembla Grange Races, Track & Betting Odds
Kembla Grange race track has a 420 metre straight and runs in a clockwise direction, the track has a 2,200 circumference. Kembla Grange is a large roomy race track with wide turns and very long straights.
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About the Kembla Grange Races
Kembla Grange Races are one of the widely anticipated horse races in New South Wales. Being the premiere racecourse south of Sydney, the Kembla Grange racecourse is located 95 kilometres south of Sydney and nine kilometers south of Wollongong. This horse racing track is nestled at the foothills of the Illawarra Escarpment.
Before horse racing even began at the famous Randwick racecourse in 1860, history shows that horse races have been staged at the original Illawarra Turf Club as early as 1834. Back then, the racing track of the Illawarra Turf Club is located in what is now the Wollongong Golf Course.
However, the Honorable Joseph Carruthers bought the Kembla Grange estate earlier this century and he designed a course that is equal in size and shape with the Randwick Racecourse. This gave birth to the Kembla Grange race track.
Since then, a number of organizations have managed and maintained the Kembla Grange racetrack but since 1976, the track is maintained and controlled by the modern-day inception of the Illawarra Turf Club. In December 18, 1976, the new Illawarra Turf Club conducted their first race meet.
With dimension that are similar to the Randwick racecourse, the Kembla Grange racecourse is tagged as the “Royal Randwick of the South”. The race turf has a circumference of 2200 metres and a straight length of 420 metres. The track is also 25 metres wide which suit horses that run strongly.
In 1984, the Kembla Grange Racecourse was granted with a full TAB service due the improvements on the track, stables, grandstand and various facilities with a total cost of $10 million. Nowadays, the Kembla Grange horse racing track is hauling an annual income of $6.5 million. Out of this amount, $2.5 million is used as prize money for the 30 race meetings that are held in its track in one year.
In 1997, the A.J “Bert Lillye lounge was opened to cater to Kembla Grange horse racing fans. The lounge can accommodate 400 patrons. Aside from this, the Kembla Grange racing facility has a function centre that can be used for parties, receptions, trade shows, conferences and other events.
The most famous race in the Kembla Grange horse racing calendar is the Keith F. Nolan Classic. It is participated by three-year old fillies and it has been upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2009-2010 racing season. The winners of this race usually compete next at the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes which is held every Golden Slipper day or the AJC Australian Oaks.
The Keith F. Nolan Classic is held yearly every March. For the 2010 edition of the race, Slapstick and jockey M. Rodd won the 1600-metre race. Coming in at second is Mirrasalo and jockey N. Berry. Rounding up the top three is jockey J. Penza and Spinnawitch.
Kembla Grange races are certainly exciting to watch. However, its facilities are worth visiting as well. If you wish to do so, the Kembla Grange racecourse is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. On race days, it is open from 7:30 in the morning up until the late hours of the evening.