The Gong 2023 Race Details

Race 7 at Kembla Grange Racecourse on Saturday the 25th of November 2023.

The Gong is a feature race held at Kembla Grange Racecourse and is run over 1600 metres. It is run under handicap conditions. The total prize money is $1,000,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on The Gong page.

The Gong 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Osipenko comes up favourite and looks hard to hold out in this affair. Drawn wide but is the class runner of the race and should give this a shake. Cepheus gets the gun run from barrier 4 and will be hard to beat. Detonator Jack has good claims despite the wide draw while Waterford maps for a lovely run from barrier 2 and should give this a shake. Spangler comes up with a wide draw but has sound claims.

The Gong 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Cepheus (1)

Having a very consistent prep and goes in the mix from the kind draw and strong rider Nash aboard.

2. New Mandate (8)

Would have to find a few lengths to be taking this out.

3. Osipenko (10)

Seems to have the right form for this race and despite the wide draw will take plenty of beating in this winnable race. From around the likes of A.Blood and Mr Brightside trumps what these bring to the table.

4. Surf Dancer (14)

Pass mark first up run and is a market watch to its chances in this from the wide barrier.

5. Skyman (6)

Can’t gave.

6. Kirwan’s Lane (19)

Mixing form too much to consider.

7. Palmetto (12)

Prefer in something easier.

8. Communist (5)

Form doesn’t read much but comes out of some strong races and gets the in form King doing the steering. Solid claims.

9. Detonator Jack (9)

Sticky barrier but does bring in some solid form and may well be suited drawn wide as it is a horse that likes to go through its gears.

10. Banju (9)

Can’t have.

11. Waterford (2)

Has been around the mark all prep but it’s D-Day for another win and looks under the odds.

12. Wild Planet (1)

Surprise last start winner but looks unlikely in this.

13. Spangler (17)

Good last start win but has a task from the wide draw. Respect any market moves.

14. Art Cadeau (7)

Can’t have.

15. Wicklow (3)

Prefer in something easier.

16. Cuban Royale (13)

This looks too tough.

17e. Superium (18)

Can’t have.

18e. Loch Eagle (16)

Goes in the mix off a good last start win and will need luck from the draw but is well placed in this.

19e. Super Helpful (11)

Can’t have.

20e. I’ve Bean Tryin’ (15)

Prefer in something easier.

The Gong 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Bryce Parker’s Tips
3 Osipenko
1 Cepheus
4 Surf Dancer
9 Detonator Jack

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Railway Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1600m)

Group 2 WA Guineas 2023 (Ascot 1600m)

Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1400m)

Listed A.J. Scahill Cup 2023 (Ascot 2100m)

The Warra 2023 (Kembla Grange 1000m)

Listed Cranbourne Cup 2023 (Cranbourne 1600m)

Listed Recognition Stakes 2023 (Doomben 1350m)

Listed Eureka Stud Classic 2023 (Doomben 1200m)

Listed Kilmore Cup 2023 (Kilmore 1600m)  – Sunday

The Gong 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 9 Detonator Jack
2nd 18e Loch Eagle 2.3 lengths
3rd 3 Osipenko 2.5 lengths
4th 2 New Mandate 4.8 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 8.

Scratchings: 1. Cepheus, 6. Kirwan’s Lane, 10. Banju, 13. Spangler, 17e. Superium, 19e. Super Helpful, 20e. I’ve Bean Tryin’.