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George Ryder Stakes

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.

George Ryder Stakes info

Date: Saturday 24th March 2018
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1500 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2018 Winner: Winx

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).

2018 George Ryder Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:31.48

Other group races on George Ryder Stakes day include the Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes & Gr3 NE Manion Cup.

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George Ryder Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Winx Happy Clapper Kementari 1:31.4
2017 Winx Le Romain Chautauqua 1:34.8
2016 Winx Kermadec Press Statement 1:28.7
2015 Real Impact Criterion Kermadec 1:28.2
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
2007 Haradasun Mentality Apache Cat 1:29.2
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
2001 Landsighting Shogun Lodge Crawl 1:27.6
2000 Al Mansour Bonanova Hire 1:30.5
1999 Referral Juggler Mossman 1:28.2
1998 Quick Flick Encounter Blazing Steel 1:28.9
1997 Mouawad Shame Secret Savings 1:27.7
1996 Ravarda Encores Flying Spur 1:27.8
1995 March Hare Brave Warrior Pharaoh 1:27.3
1994 Telesto Golden Sword Big Dreams 1:29.6
1993 Schillaci Soho Square Primacy 1:29.0
1992 Kinjite Big Dreams Prince Salieri 1:31.2
1991 Bureaucracy Comrade Stylish Century 1:28.0
1990 Straussbrook Comrade Don't Play 1:32.9
1989 Wong Flotilla Kensei 1:31.1
1988 Campaign King Star Sunrise Wong 1:28.0