16/11/2020 Waller aiming for back-to-back Gongs

Chris Waller could have up to four runners in his bid for consecutive wins in the $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday, headed by defending champion Mister Sea Wolf (Amadeus Wolf). The oldest horse in Waller's stable, nine-year-old Mister Sea Wolf proved he still has something to offer with a Chelmsford Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) victory during the Sydney spring carnival. Waller's right-hand man, Charlie Duckworth, believes Mister Sea Wolf is going as well as he was when he won the inaugural The Gong last year, although he is likely to shoulder a hefty weight. "The only negative is, we thought last year it was going to be incredibly tough carrying 59 kilograms and chances are he's probably going to get lumbered with 60 kilograms this year," Duckworth said. "But the fact James McDonald is happy to stick with him and ride him again is a positive." Hugh Bowman returns from Melbourne and will partner stablemate Olmedo (Declaration Of War), who will be having just his third start for the Waller yard. The stable also has Reloaded (Snitzel) and Savacool (Savabeel) among entries for The Gong, which has attracted strong interest with 24 nominations in total.

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