What can her opponents do to beat the great mare? She will be third-up this prep here as she goes in search of back-to-back Ryder Stakes and victory will see her become one of a select group of champion thoroughbreds that have won the same two Group 1 races in successive years after she annexed the Chipping Norton/George Ryder double in 2016. Victory here will see her repeat that same double after she trounced her rivals in the Chipping Norton last start. It is hard to see how they beat the wonder mare. From two attempts at the Rosehill 1500m she is two time winner, she has won 4 from 5 on the track, she is 2 from 2 on the heavy and has won her past 15 in succession. A win will also see her pass $10m in stake-earnings. Such is her dominance, UBET are offering a Winx out market.
Kris Lees trained 4YO continues to fly somewhat under the radar, yet he is now a three-time Group 1 winner, following his latest success in the Canterbury Stakes. Settling on the pace over the 1300m trip he was strong to the line and able to hold off the power finish of Chautauqua to hold onto victory. He has missed a place just twice in his 15 start career and his record on heavy going is strong, reading at 3:2-1-0. He resumed this prep in the Southern Cross Stakes where he had to carry 61kg under the handicap conditions. Settling close to the speed, he was undeterred by the big weight and dug in for the fight to record a narrow victory. With his strong record and UBET offering real money back for 2nd and 3rd, can Le Romain be the one to end the Winx streak?.
Changing plans with their grey speedster, Team Hawkes have paid late entry to the Doncaster Mile and he lines up here in the George Ryder to test his credentials. This will be the first time in his 26 start career that he gets out beyond 1400m which brings him into unchartered waters. What we do know is that he returned a strong effort at the end of the 1300m of the Canterbury Stakes last start when beaten a half-head behind Le Romain on the heavy 10 at Randwick. The superstar sprinter had never gone three runs without victory in his career and he lines up here chasing Winx, having now gone four starts without victory. Can the ‘Thunder Down Under’ be the one to end the winning streak of the wonder mare Winx? There is a Winx out market, where Chautauqua is the ruling favourite and money back for 2nd or 3rd..
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 2017 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 18th March 2017|
|Race Time:||13:45 AEST|
|Race Type||Weight for Age|
|2017 George Ryder Stakes Odds|
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|