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The Gong 2020 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • Feature NSW racing heads to Kembla Grange on Saturday, November 21
  • The Gong, a $1 million dollar race over the mile is the headline event
  • Preview and Tips below
The Gong Tips
Is Dawn Passage set to peak in The Gong? (Getty)

The Gong Information

  • DateSat 20 Nov, 2021
  • Race Time05:00
  • RacecourseKembla Grange
  • Race Distance1600 metres
  • ConditionsQuality Handicap
  • StatusSpecial Conditions
  • Prize Money$1,000,000

The Gong is a mile race run at the Kembla Grange Racecourse and was introduced in 2019 to further the feature cards for the main Provincial circuits in New South Wales post the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Worth $1 million in total, a strong field has been assembled for the 2020 edition with many entrants coming from group one attempts over the Melbourne Cup Carnival along with those that have been contesting strong Sydney races such as The Golden Eagle.

We list the full field and market below along with our best bets ahead of Saturday's feature.

The Gong 2020 Field & Odds

1Mister Sea Wolf (IRE)Chris WallerJames McDonald660kg$13
2Olmedo (FR)Chris WallerHugh Bowman858.5kg$12
3 Cascadian (GB)James CummingsNash Rawiller958kg$10
4RockMichael, Wayne & John HawkesTommy Berry1157kg$7
5Best Of Days (GB)James CummingsKoby Jennings1056.5kg$34
6Brandenburg (NZ)Regan BaylissRegan Bayliss1556.5kg $21
7Dawn PassageTim ClarkTim Clark156.5kg $4.80
8Think It OverKerry ParkerBrenton Avdulla356.5kg $41
9NettoyerWendy RocheRobbie Dolan1456kg$34
10Positive PeaceBjorn BakerTommy Sherry (a)255.5kg $26
11Purple Sector (NZ)John ThompsonRachel King555.5kg $5
12Reloaded Chris WallerGlyn Schofield754kg $26
13ArchedemusMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford1352.5kg $26
14AsiagoJames CummingsKathy O'Hara452kg $12
15BottegaGerald Ryan & Sterling AlexiouJames Innes Jnr1652kg $15
16Al Mah HahaLouise DayLouise Day (a)1252kg $51

Odds are provided by bookmaker.com.au & correct at 2pm on 19/11/2020

The Gong Tips 2020

The Gong 2020 Best Bet - Dawn Passage

This Waterhouse & Bott-trained entire has the best platform for this feature as he is one of the very few that hasn't been knocked around by a big spring and as we saw in the autumn, the peak performances came a little deeper into his preparation which started with a big win in the Hawkesbury Guineas.

Dawn Passage can count himself a little unlucky not to have taken out the Golden Rose where he was covering ground and after being forced for home early, was only reeled in by a pair of gun wet trackers in Colette and Icebath whereas he is far adept on firmer going.

If there's a query, it's perhaps a strongly run mile although he was three-wide throughout when exploding third-up last campaign over 1400m and from barrier one under Tim Clark who stayed aboard for a recent tick-over trial, he'll get every chance to run it out.

The Gong 2020 Value Bet - Asiago

As far as losing rides go, the steer by Kathy O'Hara aboard this Godolphin mare in The Hunter last week was good as it gets where she was able to find cover and get into the running line with relative ease from a wide gate, however, the eventual crawling nature of that affair was against her.

With front-runner Special Reward entitled to kick-on for his eventual second, the sprint home from an economical passage in transit proved ideal for the winner at 1300m with this daughter of Medaglia d'oro not quite as sharp dropping back from a mile, but was clearly the pick of the chasers when running into third.

Asiago is better suited now getting back up to the mile and from barrier four where she can land at least midfield if not a shade closer, she's the pick of those down in the weights at 52kg that can sprint hard if she gets a sniff late.

The Gong FAQ

What date is The Gong in 2020?

The Gong is scheduled to run on Saturday, November 21.

How can I live stream the The Gong?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the The Gong and all other Australian horse races.

What distance is The Gong?

The Gong is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

Where is The Gong held?

The Gong is held at the Kembla Grange Racecourse in New South Wales,

What's the best bet in The Gong?

We're with Dawn Passage as the best bet in The Gong.

What's the The Gong worth?

The Gong is worth $1 million dollars.

$580,000 goes to the winner.

Who won the Gong in 2019?

Mister Sea Wolf won The Gong in 2019.



Dawn Passage appears well on his way to another third-up peak via The Gong.

Saving on Asiago who was brave last week in The Hunter and is better suited back up to a mile.

Best Bet: Dawn Passage To Win @380.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Asiago To Win @1100.0 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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