|The Gong Race Day
|Kembla Grange Racecourse – Princes Hwy, Kembla Grange NSW 2526
|Saturday, November 25, 2023
New South Wales metropolitan racing heads to Illawarra on Saturday afternoon, with The Gong (1600m) and its $1 million purse headlining a massive 10-race program at Kembla Grange. The rail is set in the true position for the entire circuit, and with consistent showers likely to hit the course in the lead-up, expect the current Good 4 surface to be downgraded into the Soft range on Saturday. The first race is scheduled for 12:20pm AEDT.
The Gong: Osipenko
Osipenko brings the strongest form to this year’s edition of The Gong after contesting in elite Group 1 company. The son of Pierro ran third in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 16 before being outmatched in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 7. The four-year-old only had one official jump-out since, and as James McDonald takes the reins for the first time, The Gong must be considered the last chance for Osipenko to secure victory this campaign.
Race 7 –
4yo Horse | T: Chris Waller | J: James McDonald (58.5kg)
The Warra: Dragonstone
Dragonstone returns from a 98-day spell as the Joseph Pride-trained galloper tackles The Warra (1000m). The gelding by Mikki Isle held ground behind Buenos Noches in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 19 before being tipped out for spell, and he looks set for a first-up peak after two strong jump-outs. Tim Clark will ride the five-year-old, and with a strong tempo likely, Dragonstone should get the last crack at his rivals.
Race 8 –
5yo Gelding | T: Joseph Pride | J: Tim Clark (55.5kg)
Best Bet at Kembla Grange: Headwall
Headwall has never missed the frame in six career starts, and we’re confident that trend will continue as he returns after 224 days off the scene. The now four-year-old has been terrific at the barrier trials, going on to score in his latest at Rosehill on November 6. Blake Spriggs will be searching for a soft run in transit from barrier four, and provided he can gain a mid-field position with cover, Headwall will be producing a stunning turn of foot late in the afternoon.
Race 9 –
5yo Gelding | T: Matthew Smith | J: Blake Spriggs (58kg)
Next Best at Kembla Grange: Touristic
Touristic is building nicely to a third-up victory as he heads to Kembla Grange for the first time. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained five-year-old hasn’t been far off the pace in his two runs back from a spell, with the latest a grinding effort over the 1800m at Rosehill on November 11. Getting to the 2000m is ideal for this son of Frankel, and with the Soft track conditions only a positive, Touristic should be close to grabbing his second Australian win.
Race 1 –
5yo Gelding | T: Peter & Paul Snowden | J: Tom Sherry (61kg)
Best Value at Kembla Grange: Leandra
Leandra produced a solid return at Rosehill on November 4, bounding into third place in a competitive BM78 for the fillies & mares. She meets a similar field on Saturday, with a few key rivals backing up from that race, and we’re surprised by the each-way price available with online bookmakers. There should be a stronger tempo for the daughter of Choisir to sprint off, and with her run just as impressive first-up as the likes of Junqueira and Shohei, Leandra can do a job at a big price.
Race 4 –
4yo Mare | T: Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard | J: Jason Collett (54kg)
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