The Gong 2019

Saturday November 23, 2019

The Gong is the final addition to the revamped Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that sees the festival offer over $45 million in prize money across the six weeks surrounding the world’s richest turf race, October’s $14 million The Everest (1200m) in October.

There are now 11 seven-figure Sydney spring races giving away at least $1 million in prize money, the last of which is the $1 million The Gong held at Wollongong in late November at the Kembla Grange track.

A week prior Newcastle hosts the $1 million The Hunter (1300m), which is proceeded by The Gong over the 1600m at another new stand-along metropolitan meeting outside of Sydney’s premier tracks – Rosehill and Randwick.

In 2019 jockey James McDonald rode the inaugural winners of both The Hunter and The Gong aboard Savatiano and Mister Sea Wolf respectively.

The addition of this new feature meeting for the Illawarra region – best known for their NRL club the Dragons – sees the spring racing spotlight stay on the greater Sydney area for far longer than in previous seasons as the attention tends to head south for the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Like The Hunter, The Gong is a quality handicap race with no class or gender restrictions open to horses aged three-years-old and above that offers a generous $580,000 to the winner.

On both The Hunter Race Day and The Gong Day meeting, all support races will carry a prize purse of $125,000.

This spring’s edition of The Gong ran on 2019 at Kembla Grange and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Mister Sea Wolf. 

2019 The Gong Results

The official The Gong 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 23, 2019.

  • 1st: #1 Mister Sea Wolf
  • 2nd: #15 Quackerjack
  • 3rd: #2 Star Of The Seas

Trainer Chris Waller continued his dominance over the spring in Sydney with yet another feature race win, this time his 59kg topweight Mister Sea Wolf atoning for a last start flop to score an upset at $21 in a thrilling 2019 The Gong result.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 59kg $21
2 15 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 0.2L 11 52kg $6
3 2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 0.5L 6 55.5kg $6.50
4 7 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 0.8L 7 53kg $5.50EF
5 4 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 1.3L 4 54kg $7.50
6 6 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Tim Clark 1.6L 5 53kg $5.50EF
7 8 SIR PLUSH (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 3.1L 13 53kg (cd 54kg) $31
8 3 NICOLETTA (NZ) Kris Lees Tommy Berry 3.6L 15 54.5kg $71
9 13 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 3.8L 2 52kg $31
10 10 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 4L 10 53kg (cd 54kg) $21
11 11 JONKER David Atkins Brock Ryan (a) 4.1L 9 53kg $51
12 9 NOBLE BOY Todd Blowes Brodie Loy 4.6L 3 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $12
13 5 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Bryan Dais Blaike McDougall 5.1L 12 53.5kg $31
14 17e ASTERIUS Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.2L 1 52kg $18
15 14 ARTICUS (FR) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 7L 14 52kg $101
16 16 TAMARACK (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 10.8L 16 52kg $101
19e ESTEEM SPIRIT Gwenda Markwell 0
20e ALL BUT GONE Damien Lane Serg Lisnyy 0
12 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli 0
18e RANIER James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 0

The Gong Info

  • Date: Saturday November 23, 2019.
  • Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 2019

The Gong Betting

Betting on The Gong is led by in-form spring gallopers coming off a good lead-up campaign in similar distance / class races.

Proven milers with a good 1600m record, any local hopes with previous form at Kembla Grange and the quality Group 1 runners down in grade dominate The Gong betting.

There are a number of key lead-up races that impact The Gong betting markets including the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) open only to NSW country-trained horses and held at Randwick in October’s The Everest Day and the recently revamped $500,000 Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes for mares.

In 2019 The Gong was won for the first time in an upset by $21 outsider Mister Sea Wolf.

2019 The Gong Odds

The season’s premier The Gong 2019 odds and betting market links will be provided below as soon as released.


The Gong Field

The Gong field features a line-up of quality spring gallopers, many stepping up to a mile off lead-up runs in shorter distance features over the 1400m distance range.

2019 The Gong Field

The official The Gong 2019 Final Field and Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The 2019 The Gong field will run at the 16 starter capacity. Already the Chris Waller-trained first emergency Asterius drawn the rails has gained a start after the early scratching of the widely-drawn Testashadow (15).

El Dorado Dreaming drawn gate five leads early The Gong betting after her lead-up third in the Hot Danish Stakes, while fellow mare Luvaluva (6) on her outside presents as a danger looking to improve on a fifth last start in the same lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x1200x610 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 59kg 108
2 13211×4939 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 7 55.5kg 101
3 7x67714x06 NICOLETTA (NZ) Kris Lees Tommy Berry 19 54.5kg 103
4 033x432x73 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5 54kg 102
5 4121116832 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Bryan Dais Blaike McDougall 16 53.5kg 97
6 x823854x25 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Tim Clark 6 53kg 98
7 1x6121x757 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 8 53kg 96
8 387421×060 SIR PLUSH (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 17 53kg 95
9 141116×443 NOBLE BOY Todd Blowes Brodie Loy 4 53kg 94
10 882x728x39 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 13 53kg 93
11 3923×56080 JONKER David Atkins Brock Ryan (a) 11 53kg 93
12 6×95593034 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli 15 53kg 90
13 4x221400x3 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 3 52kg 94
14 x375561276 ARTICUS (FR) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 18 52kg 91
15 0x13216x31 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 14 52kg 89
16 10x1798x52 TAMARACK (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 20 52kg 88
17e 720x312x71 ASTERIUS Chris Waller TBA 1 52kg 88
18e 564×031042 RANIER James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 52kg 87
19e 45118×2861 ESTEEM SPIRIT Gwenda Markwell TBA 2 53kg 74
20e 0378701×71 ALL BUT GONE Damien Lane Serg Lisnyy 12 53kg 64

2019 The Gong Nominations

The early 2019 The Gong nominations will close on the Monday of race week and the list of potential runners in the seven-figure feature will be available below.

A bumper 25 early entries were received for The Gong 2019 nominations including four for Newcastle’s Kris Lees led by pre-race favourite El Dorado Dreaming, the mare a last start third in the Hot Danish Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x1200x610 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 1 59kg 108
2 7x67714x06 NICOLETTA (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 2 54.5kg 103
3 033x432x73 EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 3 54kg 102
4 13211×4939 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 4 55.5kg 101
5 2421218211 DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 54.5kg 99
6 x823854x25 LUVALUVA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 6 53kg 98
7 4121116832 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 5 Bryan Dais 7= 53.5kg 97
8 110×600771 THE CANDY MAN G 6 Barry Baldwin 7= 53.5kg 97
9 1x6121x757 MILITARY ZONE G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 53kg 96
10 387421×060 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 10 53kg 95
11 141116×443 NOBLE BOY G 5 Todd Blowes 11= 53kg 94
12 4x221400x3 TAIKOMOCHI G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11= 53kg 94
13 882x728x39 GOODFELLA H 5 Bjorn Baker 13= 53kg 93
14 3923×56080 JONKER H 4 David Atkins 13= 53kg 93
15 x375561276 ARTICUS (FR) G 8 Kris Lees 15 53kg 91
16 6×95593034 TESTASHADOW G 8 Gary Portelli 16 53kg 90
17 0x13216x31 QUACKERJACK G 4 Mark Newnham 17 53kg 89
18 720x312x71 ASTERIUS G 5 Chris Waller 18= 53kg 88
19 10x1798x52 TAMARACK (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 18= 53kg 88
20 564×031042 RANIER G 4 James Cummings 20= 53kg 87
21 6x1213x941 STROME M 5 Gary Portelli 20= 53kg 87
22 x7243333x4 GRESHAM G 5 Chris Waller 22 53kg 86
23 3151545×03 TURNBERRY G 5 Kris Lees 23 53kg 85
24 45118×2861 ESTEEM SPIRIT G 5 Gwenda Markwell 24 53kg 74
25 0378701×71 ALL BUT GONE G 8 Damien Lane 25 53kg 64

The Gong Form

The Gong Form Guide details the full race field, horse statistics including track / distance records for all the runners, the race track conditions for the day and early betting previews.

Following The Gong form on the in-form milers that get in well weight-wise under the handicap conditions will be key to picking The Gong winner in the spring.

2019 The Gong Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Gong 2019 Form Guide and race selections will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Gong Tips

The Gong betting tips center around the spring’s best performing metropolitan milers coming off good lead-up campaigns in earlier races over at least 1400m.

Any stakes performers staying in Sydney to target The Gong over a trip to Melbourne will make good The Gong race tips as they are being set specifically for the $1 million feature.

2019 The Gong Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Gong 2019 race tips will be detailed below once the final field is out so stay tuned for the milers to back and sack in the lucrative Illawarra feature race.

The Gong Results

The Gong results detail the full finishing order of the sprinter – milers in the 1600m feature, the official The Gong trifecta results plus the winning time / margin for the end-of-spring feature.

The Gong Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2019 Mister Sea Wolf Quackerjack Star Of The Seas 1:34.52