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.
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 runs on 2019 at Kembla Grange in a new initiative from Racing NSW.
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 will be 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 will dominate The Gong betting.
There are a number of key lead-up races that will also 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.
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 will feature 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 Gong Form
The Gong Form Guide will detail 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 will 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 will 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.
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.
The Gong Winners