We have expert betting tips for the 2020 The Gong this Saturday, which runs at Kembla Grange for $1 million.
Some of Australia’s best milers do battle and punters are getting premium value with bookmakers.
We have a runner-by-runner guide for The Gong.
The Gong 2020 final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for The Gong 2020
Dawn Passage @ $4.60 Bet @ Sportsbet
Best Each Way Bet:
Rock @ $7 Bet @ Sportsbet
Bottega @ $14 Bet @ Sportsbet
The Gong Trifecta Tips
Punters should have five runners on their ticket for The Gong trifecta. It is an open contest with value throughout the field.
- Dawn Passage
- Purple Sector
The Gong First-Four Tips
We have included six runners in our first-four selections for The Gong. We add Mister Sea Wolf in selections, because he has a tendency to show up in big races.
- Dawn Passage
- Purple Sector
- Mister Sea Wolf
The Gong Form Guide & Tips
1. Mister Sea Wolf ($14) Bet @ Sportsbet
Punters should always respect a Chris Waller-trained runner, especially one that owns 12 career wins. Not in our top selections, but he’s worth including.
2. Olmedo ($11) Bet @ Sportsbet
Another Waller-trained runner that hasn’t found his best form since arriving in Australia. However, the talent is there and Hugh Bowman is a key booking.
Worth including and he has been heavily backed to score at odds.
3. Cascadian ($11) Bet @ Sportsbet
Coming off a big effort for second in Melbourne and that form should stack up nicely for this race.
Likely to get back in the run and rely on luck, which can often be his downside.
4. Rock (Best Each Way – $7) Bet @ Sportsbet
Rock had little luck in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes but he still battled on nicely for third. He is a smart type and running at Kembla won’t be an issue.
Punters get value odds and those odds could shorten.
5. Best of Days ($35) Bet @ Sportsbet
Out of form and not running well enough this season. He would need to recapture his confidence to figure in the placings.
6. Brandenburg ($21) Bet @ Sportsbet
He showed plenty of ability as a younger horse, but he hasn’t quite matured this season.
It’s not an easy race and drawing barrier 15 could see him struggle.
7. Dawn Passage (Best Bet – $4.60) Bet @ Sportsbet
The son of Dawn Approach is classy at best and he produced a tough effort for third in the Golden Eagle.
Conditions are better here and the five-time winner looks ready to get back to his best form.
$4.60 is a fair each-way price for punters.
8. Think It Over ($41) Bet @ Sportsbet
He didn’t fire last start but his form prior was good enough to warrant attention. Consider at long-shot odds.
9. Nettoyer ($34) Bet @ Sportsbet
She has been taking on extremely tough fields and struggling. This is slightly easier, but not by much.
10. Positive Peace ($23) Bet @ Sportsbet
Opened at shorter odds and the betting drift is concerning. Drawn barrier two and it won’t need much luck from there.
Chance with the right run in transit.
11. Purple Sector ($5.50) Bet @ Sportsbet
Excellent form coming into this race after scoring wins at Randwick and Flemington. He had to do it tough last start, but he hit the line nicely.
Carrying 55.5kg is ideal and although not in our top selections, he won’t be getting left out of multiples.
12. Reloaded ($27) Bet @ Sportsbet
Continues to disappoint punters and he’s only a one-race winner. That form isn’t good enough to compete at this level.
13. Archedemus ($26) Bet @ Sportsbet
Improved effort for second last start and he’s coming off a solid effort for second at Hawkesbury.
The seven-year-old has experience on this track, which is ideal, so he shouldn’t be too far away from the money.
14. Asiago ($12) Bet @ Sportsbet
Mixing her form this season and dropping down to 52kg is ideal. She should get a nice run from the draw and there is confidence with punters.
15. Bottega (Best Roughie – $14) Bet @ Sportsbet
Talented at best and punters are getting value worth taking. He hasn’t been far behind some nice types and that form bodes well.
He will likely get back in the run, but watch for a superior turn-of-foot. Take the $14, as those odds should firm.
16. Al Mah Haha ($51) Bet @ Sportsbet
Comes into this race having won at Goulburn, but provincial form shouldn’t come into play.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.