Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

November 24, 2023

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in The Gong 2023 betting to take out the final $1 million feature of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival this weekend.

2023 Hobartville Stakes Winner Osipenko

Osipenko is favourite to take out The Gong 2023 at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Seven-figure racing in New South Wales for the carnival comes to a close on Saturday with the $1 million The Gong (1600m) headlining the racing action at Kembla Grange Racecourse.

A capacity field of end of year milers faces off in the fifth edition of the event with the latest The Gong odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Osipenko at $3.60.

James McDonald partners the entire on 58.5kg from barrier 10 with the horse fifth-up and ready to fire.

He has had a little freshen-up after a disappointing 10th last time out behind last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip in Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The run before however he was solid at big odds finishing third behind Mr Brightside over the mile at headquarter sin the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

The former Group 2 winner is down in grade now and should be improving at this distance in Sydney.

The danger occupying the second line of The Gong betting this season is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained market mover Detonator Jack ($6.50 into $5).

Jason Collett continues associations with the in-form Jakkalberry five-year-old who drew a treat in gate nine.

He is unbeaten at the distance with a two-from-two mile record and will relish coming back to the 1600m off a close last start third over further.

After running second in the $1 million Five Diamonds Prelude (1500m) by a nostril flare two back he was good on November 11 in the $2 million Five Diamonds (1800m) only a half-length off the winner Unspoken.

Despite a full field only two other The Gong contenders are under double-figures for the win with the 61kg top-weight Cepheus ($7.50) and the Waller-trained Waterford ($7).

The Matthew Dunn-trained Cepheus may be giving all the weight away but he remains a chance in gate four with Nash Rawiller on the in-form Sea The Stars seven-year-old.

The galloper won the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) – $1.5 million Alan Brown (1400m) double at Rosehill earlier this prep before his last start second with 62kg in the $3 million The Big Dance (1600m) at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

Waterford meanwhile is out to break a lengthy drought chasing his first win since October last year.

The Awtaad five-year-old has been solid this prep coming via the Shannon Stakes (3rd), Alan Brown (9th), Five Diamonds Prelude (3rd), and Five Diamonds (5th).

Other runners at longer The Gong odds chasing an upset include the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Surf Dancer ($12), Communist ($12) in gate five for jockey Rachel King, and Kris Lees’ last start Randwick winner with plenty more weight Loch Eagle ($16).

The Gong 2023 is set to run as Kembla Grange Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s bumper 10-race card with full markets available from Ladbrokes.com.au here.

2023 The Gong Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0234215112 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 4 61kg 111
2 x9187x0771 NEW MANDATE (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 8 58.5kg 106
3 51761×5730 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 58.5kg 106
4 6460x010x8 SURF DANCER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 14 58.5kg 106
5 1043×20033 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Tom Sherry 6 58kg 105
6 69x04x7604 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 19 57kg 103
7 3110×72617 PALMETTO (NZ) John Sargent Koby Jennings 12 57kg 103
8 37160×0008 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 5 56.5kg 102
9 2123×43723 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 9 56kg 101
10 112x19x007 BANJU Lyle Chandler Ashley Morgan 20 55kg 99
11 x520x33935 WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 2 54.5kg 98
12 7x593x3001 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tyler Schiller 1 54kg 97
13 85210×5351 SPANGLER (IRE) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 17 53kg 95
14 x5x6003x05 ART CADEAU Terry Robinson Jett Stanley (a) 7 52.5kg 94
15 5x45137x30 WICKLOW (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 3 52.5kg 94
16 377×562064 CUBAN ROYALE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 13 52kg 93
17e 8795×96318 SUPERIUM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Zac Lloyd (a) 18 52kg 93
18e 61250×9931 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Reece Jones 16 52kg 89
19e 38910×5173 SUPER HELPFUL Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 11 52kg 88
20e 4713164×51 I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ Matthew Kelley 15 54kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 


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