The Gong is a 1600m 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 2020, it will be run on Saturday, November 21.
In 2019, the inaugural running of The Gong was won by the Chris Waller-trained Mister Sea Wolf. Rachel King rode Quackerjack to second place, meanwhile, Star Of The Seas finished third. Mister Sea Wolf did not race again in 2019, however, in 2020 he placed in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes.
Along with the likes of the Golden Gift and The Hunter, The Gong was added to The Everest carnival in a bid to bolster their spring offering. The carnival is now worth a total of $45 million, with The Gong being the final event of nine straights 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.
Mister Sea Wolf ran 1:34.52 to win The Gong in 2019, recording an average speed of 60.6km/h. The time also stands as the new Kembla Grange 1600m track record.
THE GONG RESULTS
1st – Mister Sea Wolf (1:34.52)
2nd – Quackerjack – 0.2L
3rd – Star Of The Seas – 0.5L
4th – Military Zone – 0.8L