Chris Waller preparing Asterius for The Gong

The state’s top trainer will have a presence in Wollongong’s richest race, with Chris Waller’s Asterius preparing to head to Kembla Grange in a fortnight’s time.

Asterius claimed a close victory over stablemate Mr Reckless at Rosehill on Saturday and Waller had options for where to run him next.

Rather than sending him to Melbourne to race on Stakes Day, Waller told reporters on Saturday the gelding will instead contest The Gong on November 23.

“He’s entered for the greys race at Flemington but he will go to The Gong in three weeks,” Waller said.

“It’s a million dollar race over 1600 metres in three weeks which suits.

“He likes his races three weeks apart and is a horse I think might get to the Villiers in December.”

Asterius joins Happy Clapper as a likely starter in the inaugural edition of the 1600m handicap race, with Pat Webster declaring his group one-winning horse will also head to Kembla Grange. – Cameron Mee, The Illawarra Mercury.

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