The George Ryder Stakes is a 1500 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Turf Club. It is held at Rosehill in late March on Rosehill Guineas Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,500 metres
- Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 18 March 2017
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The George Ryder Stakes has had several name and distance changes over the years and was originally held in 1903 as the Railway Stakes over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) when it was won by the gelding Cressy. Over the years it has been known as the Railway Stakes, Railway Handicap, Elizabeth Farm Handicap, Railway Quality Handicap, CP Air Quality Handicap and Darley Stakes. Prior to 2014 it was held on Golden Slipper Day.
It was first run as the George Ryder Stakes in 1973 and was won by All Shot over the 1400 metre distance. George Edward Ryder was a founding member of the Sydney Turf Club who late became Chairman of the club. It has been a Group 1 race since 1980 and was ran at1400 metres until 1984, at 1450 metres in 1985 and 1500 metres from 1986 onwards.
Horses often have their lead-up in races like the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600 metres or the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap over 1400 metres. Three-year-olds may arrive via the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes over 1500 metres or the Group 1 Randwick Guineas. The winner of the George Ryder Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Doncaster Handicap and several horses have won both races including Vision And Power (2009), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006).
George Ryder Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for betting markets for this years George Ryder Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
George Ryder Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Overcast
There are only nine runners for the $1,000,000 George Ryder Stakes and three are trained by Chris Waller. For the second year in a row, the odds-on favourite is Winx who comes off an easy win in the Chipping Norton Stakes. She showed she can handle the heavy going last start and should win her second George Ryder. Second favourite is Chautauqua who was just nailed on the line when 2nd in the Canterbury Stakes last start. Third favourite is Le Romain who has fought strongly to win both starts this campaign.
Tosen Stardom almost won the Futurity Stakes last start but is unproven on heavy ground. Hauraki won the Epsom in the Spring and should run well here. McCreery handled the heavy ground well to win the Liverpool Cup last outing and is capable of another big run. Endless Drama ran 3rd in the Apollo Stakes before finishing well back in the Chipping Norton. The other two runners are at very long odds.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|8 Winx||8 Winx||8 Winx|
|2 Le Romain||1 Chautauqua||1 Chautauqua|
|1 Chautauqua||2 Le Romain||2 Le Romain|
|6 McCreery||6 McCreery||3 Hauraki|
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Past winners of the George Ryder Stakes:
In recent years three-year-olds have done well in the George Ryder including Pierro (2013), Weekend Hussler (2008), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006). Very few fillies and mares have won in the long history of the race with the grey Emancipation the only female to win twice (1983 and 1984) and the most recent female winner before Winx (2016) being Heat Of the Moment who won in 1986 as a three-year-old filly.
|2014||Gordon Lord Byron||Speediness||El Roca|
|2013||Pierro||King Mufhasa||Shoot Out|
|2012||Metal Bender||Rekindled Interest||Secret Admirer|
|2011||Rangirangdoo||Love Conquers All||Triple Elegance|
|2010||Danleigh||Dao Dao||King Mufhasa (NZ)|
|2009||Vision And Power||Black Piranha||King Mufhasa (NZ)|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Racing To Win||Casino Prince|
|2006||Racing To Win||Paratroopers||Lad Of The Manor (NZ)|
|2005||Court’s In Session||Patezza||Sky Cuddle|
|2004||Lonhro||Grand Armee||Private Steer|
|2003||Lonhro||Dash For Cash||Defier|
|2002||Lord Essex||Shogun Lodge||Crawl|
|2000||Al Mansour||Bonanova (NZ)||Hire|