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In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about The Gong:
|Date||Saturday, 20th November, 2021|
|Racecourse||Kembla Grange Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
|Grade||Not a Group 1|
The Gong is a recently added race on the NSW calendar to compete with the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. While this race isn’t technically a Group 1, the amount of prizemoney available means that some of the best regional horses in Australia come to compete. The race in 2021 will be held on Saturday 20th November at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2020, it was won by Archedemus.
The Gong is a 1,600m handicap race held at Kembla Grange in New South Wales. The handicap has a prize pool of $1 million and is named after the Wollongong region. In 2021, it will be run on Saturday, November 20.
Along with the likes of the Golden Gift and The Hunter, The Gong was added to The Everest carnival in a bid to bolster the NSW Spring offering. The carnival is now worth a total of $45 million, with The Gong being the final event of nine straight Saturdays of million-dollar races.
The Gong is the feature race of what is a stand-alone metropolitan Saturday meeting for Kembla Grange. It’s a huge win for local trainers and jockeys, as well as the region’s economy.
Archedemus ran 1:35.27 to win the 2020 installment of The Gong, however Mister Sea Wolf still holds the record for the fastest ride in The Gong’s two year history, passing the post with a time of 1:34.52 in 2019.
The Gong is a new addition to The Everest carnival at Kembla Grange Racecourse, however it is not a Group 1 race. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of The Gong tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
As nominations for the 2021 The Gong are still open, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, as the Spring Carnival gets going, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after horse tips for The Gong, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!
Unfortunately no betting agencies are currently providing 2021 The Gong odds, but we will continue to keep on top of information when it comes in and bring it to you as early as we can. When looking for The Gong tips, we have indicated some key factors to success in the betting section below!
We will list The Sharks’ The Gong best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for The Gong in 2021 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for The Gong is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2021 The Gong.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
As it is just the third year of the race’s history, we don’t have heaps of results to draw correlations from when looking at The Gong. However, there are a lot of important factors to consider before betting at this race. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Should I Bet On The Favourite in The Gong?
From what we’ve seen in the two previous meetings of The Gong, this race has not been kind to punters. Luvaluva was the $5 pre-race favourite in 2019 and Dawn Passage was the $5 pre-race favourite in 2020. Luvaluva ran fifth and Dawn Passage finished in second. Our two winners have both been roughies, with Mister Sea Wolf winning at $21 in 2019 and Archedemus running victorious at $18.
Is Previous Form in The Gong a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Like any race, the form and success of a horse entering The Gong is important. When looking at the field for The Gong, it is important to look for horses that have the proven ability to run the 1,600m distance and renowned performers at the Kembla track. The Golden Eagle (1,500m) and the Hot Danish (1,400m) are both strong Set Weight races that are held prior to The Gong.
In the first two runs of The Gong geldings have run victorious on both occasions, with Mister Sea Wolf winning in 2019 and Archedemus winning in 2020.
Weight is something to strongly consider when it comes to horse racing. We’ve seen two very different winners win the two meetings of The Gong when looking at weight, as Mister Sea Wolf won with 59kgs in 2019 and Archedemus won the quality handicap with 52.5kgs in 2020.
Although The Gong is a quality handicap race with no class or gender restrictions open for three-year-olds and upwards, we have seen two very experienced horses passing the post first at Kembla Grange. Mister Sea Wolf won as an eight year old in 2019 and Archedemus won the quality handicap at seven years of age in 2020.
Our The Gong best bets for 2021 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Once the bookies release The Gong odds for 2021, they will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which horses will be targeting the race and if they have had a first up run prior to challenging the meeting.
Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2021 The Gong, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
Unfortunately, betting odds for The Gong 2021 are yet to be released, but you can rest easy knowing that we will provide them for you as soon as they are released!
When looking at a horse racing field, it is essentially just the lineup of horses that will be taking part in any given race. As it is one of the newest feature races announced by added to NSW’s iconic The Everest carnival, The Gong will consist of 16 high calibre horses contesting the event.
With The 2021 Gong field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2020 field, headlined by winner Archedemus:
|1. Mister Sea Wolf (IRE) (60kg)||6||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|2. Olmedo (FR) (58.5kg)||8||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|3. Cascadian (GB) (58kg)||9||Nash Rawiller||James Cummings|
|4. Rock (57kg)||11||Tommy Berry||M, W & J Hawkes|
|5. Best Of Days (GB) (56.5kg)||10||Koby Jennings||James Cummings|
|6. Brandenburg (NZ) (56.5kg)||15||Regan Bayliss||John Sargent|
|7. Dawn Passage (56.5kg)||1||Tim Clark||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|8. Think It Over (56.5kg)||3||Brenton Avdulla||Kerry Parker|
|9. Nettoyer (56kg)||14||Robbie Dolan||Wendy Roche|
|10. Positive Peace (55.5kg)||2||Tom Sherry (a)||Bjorn Baker|
|11. Purple Sector (NZ) (55.5kg)||5||Rachel King||John Thompson|
|12. Reloaded (54kg)||7||Glyn Schofield||Chris Waller|
|13. Archedemus (52.5kg)||13||Jay Ford||M, W & J Hawkes|
|14. Asiago (52kg)||4||Kathy O’Hara||James Cummings|
|15. Bottega (52kg)||16||James Innes Jnr||G Ryan & S Alexiou|
|16. Al Mah Haha (52kg)||12||Louise Day (a)||Tash Burleigh|
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what The Gong results for 2021 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.
Looking back at last year, Positive Peace and the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes trained Archedemus jumped well, with Positive Peace leading at the turn. However, once Archedemus hit the straight the seven year old gelding began to pull away.
The pre-race favourite Dawn Passage threatened to close the gap, however Archedemus held on to win by 0.2 lengths. Dawn Passage finished in second place, while Think It Over closed out the podium.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at The Gong race in 2020:
Here are the results from The Gong in 2020:
|1st||13. Archedemus (52.5kg)||Jay Ford||–|
|2nd||7. Dawn Passage (56.5kg)||Tim Clark||0.2L|
|3rd||8. Think It Over (56.5kg)||Brenton Avdulla||1.7L|
|4th||12. Reloaded (54kg)||Glyn Schofield||2.7L|
|5th||3. Cascadian (GB) (58kg)||Nash Rawiller||2.8L|
|6th||6. Brandenburg (NZ) (56.5kg)||Regan Bayliss||3L|
|7th||11. Purple Sector (NZ) (55.5kg)||Rachel King||3.2L|
|8th||1. Mister Sea Wolf (IRE) (60kg)||James McDonald||4.7L|
|9th||5. Best Of Days (GB) (56.5kg)||Koby Jennings||4.8L|
|10th||16. Al Mah Haha (52kg)||Louise Day (a)||5.3L|
|11th||15. Bottega (52kg)||James Innes Jnr||5.4L|
|12th||4. Rock (57kg)||Tommy Berry||5.9L|
|13th||14. Asiago (52kg)||Kathy O’Hara||6.4L|
|14th||9. Nettoyer (56kg)||Robbie Dolan||7.7L|
|15th||10. Positive Peace (55.5kg)||Tom Sherry (a)||7.8L|
|16th||2. Olmedo (FR) (58.5kg)||Hugh Bowman||8.2L|
The results for the upcoming The Gong are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2020||Archedemus||Dawn Passage||Think It Over|
|2019||Mister Sea Wolf||Quackerjack||Star Of The Seas|
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