Held under weight-for-age conditions the George Ryder Stakes is run over 1500m. It is the only race on the Australian turf calendar at Group level held over that distance, or 7½ furlongs in the old measurement that is open to both sexes and held at WFA.
Held at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day, the only race day in Australia with 5 Group 1 races, the 2016 edition will carry stakes of $1m with the winner to receive $600,000 and more importantly, a ballot exemption to the Doncaster mile. Past winners include Pierro, Weekend Hussler, Lonhro, Schillaci and Emancipation.
The George Ryder Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|George Ryder Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 19th March 2016|
|Race Time:||14:10 AEST|
|Race Type||Weight for Age|
|2016 George Ryder Stakes Odds|
|8||PRESS STATEMENT||3RD||$1.30 (p)|
|1||TURN ME LOOSE||-||-|
Three stallion prospects against Australia's two best mares at weight-for-age – it shapes as the race of the season!
TURN ME LOOSE is likely to get an uncontested lead, crossing over from the outside barrier. The only scenario that may see him take a trail is if HUCKLEBUCK races keenly as he did last start in the Futurity Stakes. If that doesn’t occur, the key question is how fast Opie Bosson allows Turn Me Loose to run along in the lead? Turn Me Loose ran his rivals ragged when successful in the Seymour Cup, Crystal Mile and Emirates Stakes - all over 1600 metres - but will such bold tactics be adopted in a tougher contest? PRESS STATEMENT and FIRST SEAL should settle in trailing spots while Chris Waller’s KERMADEC is likely to settle ahead of stablemate WINX away from the rail.
Gone with FIRST SEAL who resumed with an impressive Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) win against her own sex before just failing to reel in all-the-way winner Haptic, who obtained a soft lead, in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m). She’s third up, rising to her pet distance, on a track that’s likely to be slightly rain-affected (can’t hurt a horse that missed the spring carnival with a hoof aliment) drawn to get the trailing run she desires and boasts a five-nil record over WINX from their clashes last season.
WINX has gone to another level since those defeats behind First Seal, winning her past seven starts, four of those at Group 1 level. You can expect Winx, at the very least, to loom up ominously at the top of the straight. Whatever beats her should win.
TURN ME LOOSE will control how the race is run and is certainly not an easy horse to run past. KERMADEC was strong through the line when third in the Canterbury Stakes and further will suit. PRESS STATEMENT is the other key winning hope. Press Statement won the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) easily first up and then found traffic problems from a wide barrier in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and just couldn’t reel in Le Romain.
1st up in the Apollo Stakes, she delivered an arrogant winning performance and served notice of what her competitors will be up against this Autumn. Taking on a field of 12 in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes she became just the 3rd mare to win the race in the past 30 years, joining Tuesday Joy and Heat Of The Moment. The win took her over $4m in stakes, moving her to 6th of all-time Australasian dollar earners and winning this week will see her leapfrog Alinghi into 5th position within $15,000 of Ethereal who sits 4th. A quality mare who looks untouchable at present, Winx should continue on her winning ways.
The 3 time Group 1 winner has now won 4 of his last 5 appearances after producing a stylish performance racing on the speed to run away with the G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. That was his 2nd up effort after beginning his campaign as favourite in the C F Orr Stakes and going under by 1¾ lengths. 4 of his wins have been over 1600m and with the Futurity over 1400m, he should be right at home over the 1500m distance of this. He was poised to be a player in the Autumn Carnival of 2015 and had trialled at Warwick Farm, before a virus ended his campaign, meaning his race this week in Rosehill will be his first in Sydney and first right handed.
Was he outridden or a victim of circumstance? Those that backed Press Statement at the short quote in the G1 Randwick Guineas may have felt that Hugh Bowman was beaten by a better ride, when he was a fast finishing 2nd behind Le Romain. Caught in a pocket for a good portion of the home straight, when he finally bullocked his way into open space the race was effectively over and the sectional time report card revealed how well he sprinted once in the clear. That was his 2nd up run after a dominant 1st up win in the G2 Hobartville Stakes, pulling away to win by 2.3 lengths. He is a 3 time winner at Rosehill and is 1 from 1 at the track and distance, winning the 2015 G2 Stan Fox Stakes.
The George Ryder Stakes is a Group 1 race held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. One of the premier races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, it covers a distance of 1500m and is raced at weight-for-age. With a prize pool of $1 million, it attracts some of the best competitors from across not only the country but across the world. Although it has been known as the George Ryder Stakes for 40 years, it has gone through a few name changes over the years. The race with origins dating back to 1903 is named after George E. Ryder who was a racing administrator, stud master and businessman.
Starting off as the Railway Stakes (1903 – 1914), it has gone by the Railway Handicap (1915 – 1945), the Railway Quality Handicap (1946 – 1973) and the CP Air Quality (1968 – 1970). Originally a Principal Race, it gained Group 1 status in 1980. The winner of the Ryder Stakes is exempt from the ballot for the much sought after Doncaster Mile. Many of our elite gallopers have won the George Ryder including; Pierro (2013), Weekend Hussler (2008), Lonhro (2003/4), Schillaci (1993) and Campaign King (1988).
|2016||WINX||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:28.7|
|2015||REAL IMPACT||JAMES MCDONALD||NORIYUKI HORI||01:28.2|
|2014||GORDON LORD BYRON||CRAIG WILLIAMS||TOM HOGAN||01:30.9|
|2013||PIERRO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:31.0|
|2012||METAL BENDER||MICHAEL RODD||CHRIS WALLER||01:28.8|
|2011||RANGIRANGDOO||COREY BROWN||CHRIS WALLER||01:28.9|
|2010||DANLEIGH||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:30.2|
|2009||VISION AND POWER||JIM CASSIDY||JOE PRIDE||01:31.5|
|2008||WEEKEND HUSSLER||BRAD RAWILLER||ROSS MCDONALD||01:31.7|
|2007||HARADASUN||GLEN BOSS||TONY VASIL||01:29.2|
|2006||RACING TO WIN||GLEN BOSS||JOHN O’SHEA||01:27.8|