The Gong 2020

Saturday November 21, 2020

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 $15 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 2020 at Kembla Grange and was won in an upset by seven-year-old Archedemus.   

2020 The Gong Results

The official The Gong 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 21, 2020 .

  • 1st: #13 Archedemus
  • 2nd: #7 Dawn Passage
  • 3rd: #8 Think It Over

The 2020 The Gong results saw the Hawkes Racing-trained seven-year-old Archedemus ($18) score a narrow upset to break a lengthy winning drought defeating the favourite Dawn Passage ($5).

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 13 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford   13 52.5kg   $18
  2 7 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.2L 1 56.5kg   $5F
  3 8 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Brenton Avdulla 1.7L 3 56.5kg   $41
  4 12 RELOADED Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2.7L 7 54kg   $51
  5 3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.8L 9 58kg   $6.50
  6 6 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 3L 15 56.5kg   $41
  7 11 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 3.2L 5 55.5kg   $6
  8 1 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.7L 6 60kg   $26
  9 5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Koby Jennings 4.8L 10 56.5kg   $51
  10 16 AL MAH HAHA Tash Burleigh Ms Louise Day (a) 5.3L 12 52kg   $61
  11 15 BOTTEGA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 5.4L 16 52kg   $9.50
  12 4 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5.9L 11 57kg   $9
  13 14 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.4L 4 52kg   $8
  14 9 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Robbie Dolan 7.7L 14 56kg   $51
  15 10 POSITIVE PEACE Bjorn Baker Tom Sherry (a) 7.8L 2 55.5kg   $41
  16 2 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8.2L 8 58.5kg   $16

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Gong Info

  • Date: Saturday November 21, 2020 .
  • 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 and there was another upset in 2020 with Archedemus ($18). 

2020 The Gong Odds

The season’s premier The Gong 2020 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.

2020 The Gong Field

The official The Gong 2020 Final Field and Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The Gong 2020 field features a capacity 16 starters led in betting by the rails-drawn Dawn Passage last seen running third in the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x300x5106 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 60kg     110
2 420142x8x6 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 58.5kg     107
3 5319×44082 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 9 58kg     106
4 150x3x5173 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 57kg     104
5 x60434x300 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Koby Jennings 10 56.5kg     103
6 13437×0387 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 15 56.5kg     103
7 x281117x33 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56.5kg     103
8 448×232510 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg     103
9 1410×00290 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Robbie Dolan 14 56kg     106
10 1117×04013 POSITIVE PEACE Bjorn Baker Tom Sherry (a) 2 55.5kg     105
11 5x0803x211 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 5 55.5kg     101
12 x82435x350 RELOADED Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 54kg     96
13 70x447x372 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 13 52.5kg     95
14 1679×17953 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 52kg     98
15 742218×335 BOTTEGA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 16 52kg     91
16 0x2222x461 AL MAH HAHA Tash Burleigh Ms Louise Day (a) 12 52kg     90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Gong Nominations

The early 2020 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.

The Gong 2020 nominations attracted 24 hopefuls – one less than the inaugural edition in 2019 – including the defending champion Mister Sea Wolf and Sandown Stakes winner from last weekend Junipal.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x300x5106 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 1 60kg 60kg   110
2 420142x8x6 OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 58.5kg   107
3 5319×44082 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 3= 58kg 58kg   106
4 1410×00290 NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche 3= 56kg 56kg   106
5 1117×04013 POSITIVE PEACE M 5 Bjorn Baker 5 55.5kg 55.5kg   105
6 1037×31191 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6= 57kg 57kg   104
7 150x3x5173 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6= 57kg 57kg   104
8 x60434x300 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 8= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
9 13437×0387 BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent 8= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
10 x281117x33 DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
11 10x115x348 RANIER G 5 James Cummings 8= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
12 448×232510 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 8= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
13 7428418×95 IRITHEA M 7 Bjorn Baker 8= 54.5kg 54.5kg   103
14 5x0803x211 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson 14 55.5kg 55.5kg   101
15 1679×17953 ASIAGO M 4 James Cummings 15 54kg 52kg   98
16 422×164363 SAVACOOL (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 16 54kg 51.5kg   97
17 x82435x350 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller 17 54kg 53kg   96
18 70x447x372 ARCHEDEMUS G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 54kg 52.5kg   95
19 0x663104x4 NOBLE BOY G 6 Clare Cunningham 19= 54kg 52kg   94
20 6327×15522 TRICKY GAL M 5 Matthew Smith 19= 54kg 50kg   94
21 742218×335 BOTTEGA H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 21 54kg 50.5kg   91
22 0x2222x461 AL MAH HAHA G 6 Tash Burleigh 22 54kg 50kg   90
23 8231493111 SUPER G 5 Mark Minervini 23 54kg 42kg   74
24 8x9228040x MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 6 Gwenda Markwell 24 54kg 39kg   68

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

2020 The Gong Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Gong 2020 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.

2020 The Gong Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Gong 2020 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 Archedemus Dawn Passage Think It Over 1:35.27
2019 Mister Sea Wolf Quackerjack Star Of The Seas 1:34.52