The George Ryder Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually each March at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 George Ryder Stakes was won by Winx from Happy Clapper with Kementari third.
The winner of this race is exempt from a ballot on the Doncaster Handicap and it takes place on Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes day alongside the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 The Galaxy on a huge day of feature racing action.
|Date:||Saturday 24th March 2018|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Melbourne|
The George Ryder Stakes is a time honoured weight-for-age race that always assembles the the best sprinter/milers available and the race has a long history of being won by top class gallopers. Many of Australia's finest thoroughbreds have saluted in this race including Pierro (2013), Weekend Hussler (2008), Racing To Win (2006), Lonhro (2003-4) and the brilliant Schillaci (1993).
The Ryder Stakes has traditionally been a good horse's race and the level weights playing field ensures that the best horses will figure in the finish most of the time.
The race itself has proven a solid guide to the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap in recent times with Vision And Power (2009), Haradasun (2007), Racing To Win (2006) and Grand Armee (2nd in 2003) all going on to score victories in Randwick's premier mile race of the autumn.
Classy 3yo Kermadec (3rd in 2015) went on to win the Doncaster Handicap at his next start while classy gallopers Real Impact (2015), Pierro (2013) and Love Conquers All (2nd in 2011) all finished runner-up in the Doncaster.
Horses competing in this event might also consider going on to tackle Randwick feature races like the $4,000,000 Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes during 'The Championships' or the Gr1 All Aged Stakes on the final day of the Sydney autumn carnival. Criterion (2nd in 2015) scored a classy victory in the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at his next start following his runner-up finish in this race.
Winx (2016-2018) took out the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m at Randwick for three successive years before producing another stunning performance to win this event for the third year in a row. Recent George Ryder Stakes winners include Real Impact (2015) and Gordon Lord Byron (2014).
1. $1.16 Winx 57.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $21.00 Happy Clapper 59.0 Blake Shinn
3. $8.50 Kementari 56.0 Brenton Avdulla
4. $71.00 Crack Me Up 59.0 Jason Collett
5. $41.00 Invincible Gem 57.0 Zac Purton
6. $81.00 Clearly Innocent 59.0 Tommy Berry
Margins: 0.8 len, 0.8 len
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|2014||Gordon Lord Byron||Speediness||El Roca||1:30.9|
|2013||Pierro||King Mufhasa||Shoot Out||1:31.0|
|2012||Metal Bender||Rekindled Interest||Secret Admirer||1:28.8|
|2011||Rangirangdoo||Love Conquers All||Triple Elegance||1:29.4|
|2010||Danleigh||Dao Dao||King Mufhasa||1:30.2|
|2009||Vision And Power||Black Piranha||King Mustafa||1.31:5|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Racing To Win||Casino Prince||1:31.7|
|2006||Racing To Win||Paratroopers||Lad Of The Manor||1:27.8|
|2005||Court's In Session||Patezza||Sky Cuddle||1:28.5|
|2004||Lonhro||Grand Armee||Private Steer||1:27.2|
|2003||Lonhro||Dash For Cash||Defier||1:30.7|
|2002||Lord Essex||Shogun Lodge||Crawl||1:29.5|
|1998||Quick Flick||Encounter||Blazing Steel||1:28.9|
|1995||March Hare||Brave Warrior||Pharaoh||1:27.3|
|1994||Telesto||Golden Sword||Big Dreams||1:29.6|
|1992||Kinjite||Big Dreams||Prince Salieri||1:31.2|
|1988||Campaign King||Star Sunrise||Wong||1:28.0|