Appearance Leads 2014 George Ryder Stakes Nominations

March 24, 2014

Appearance Leads 2014 George Ryder Stakes Nominations


Last start Canterbury Stakes champ Appearance is one of the headine 2014 George Ryder Stakes nominees for the weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Guy Walter’s champion mare Appearance will shoot for her fifth Group 1 triumph this weekend, the last start Canterbury Stakes winner heading the George Ryder Stakes 2014 nominations in Sydney.

The richest race on the Rosehill program on Saturday, this year’s $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) has attracted 18 nominations.

Leading the nominees is five-year-old Commands mare Appearance who made it four Group 1’s last time out on March 15 with her victory in the Canterbury Stakes over the 1300m at Randwick.

Before that she also enjoyed a Group 2 winning double to kick off her Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign winning both the Expressway Stakes and Apollo Stakes in February.

Being touted by Walter as possibly the best horse he’s ever trained, Appearance broke her Group 1 maiden in the 2012 Myer Classic with an upset win as a $31 outsider.

She proved that was no fluke in her subsequent preparations however racking up more Group 1 success with victories in last year’s Coolmore Classic, Queen Of The Turf Stakes and as mentioned the Canterbury this autumn.

Appearance is also the $6.50 second pick for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12, markets there narrowly led by Messene who won the Ajax Stakes on the weekend.

Walter has also nominated for his fellow Doncaster Mile 2014-bound Toydini who, like Appearance, is out to become the first George Ryder – Doncaster double winner since Vision And Power (2009), and Streama.

A $12 chance for the lucrative handicap next month, Bernardini four-year-old Toydini comes via a Canterbury Stakes fifth that they’re tipped to improve on getting up to the 1500m here.

Third in last year’s Epsom Handicap behind Boban over the mile, Toydini also has winning form over 1600m having won Moonee Valley’s Crystal Mile one run later.

Smart Stratum mare Streama also ran in the Canterbury like her fellow George Ryder nominated stable mates, the five-year-old finishing a credible sixth after getting caught three wide early.

Winner of the George Main Stakes last September, Streama has bucket loads of Group 1 experience with her other elite level victories being in the 2012 Australian Oaks and the 2011 Flight Stakes.

She was competitive last autumn too with a Queen Of The Turf third behind Appearance and a Docnaster fourth before travelling to Brisbane in the winter for a Stradbroke third and Tatt’s Tiara second behind Linton and Red Tracer respectively.

Also coming via a run in the Canterbury Stakes this year meanwhile is beaten favourite Red Tracer for premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

The multiple Group 1 winning daughter of Dane Shadow is third-up on the weekend following a Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes win at Rosehill and her Canterbury third.

Red Tracer will have lost few admirers with her Canterbury Stakes effort, the six-year-old blundering the start and nearly falling before making up ground late with a smart 200m sectional to grab a minor placing.

Her main aim this season is the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Sydney Cup Day, April 19, for which she’s the $5 second favourite for at behind Appearance ($4.40).

Waller has an outstanding recent record in the George Ryder Stakes too having trained three of the past four winners with Metal Bender (2012), Rangirangdoo (2011) and Danleigh (2010).

Waller’s other 2014 George Ryder Stakes nominees are his last start Chipping Norton Stakes winner Boban, veteran English import My Kingdom Of Fife who ran dead last in the Canterbury in their first run in two and a half years and reigning Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls who returned with an eye-catching Canterbury Stakes fourth.

Last year’s George Ryder Stakes winning trainer Gai Waterhouse (Pierro, 2013) meanwhile has one nominee this autumn in Tres Blue who hasn’t raced since their disappointing 22nd in the Melbourne Cup in their Australian debut last November.

The other big name George Ryder Stakes nominees then include Trent Busuttin’s Randwick Guineas runner-up El Roca, third in that race Eurozone who is also nominated for the three-year-olds’ Rosehill Guineas on the program, William Reid Stakes runner-up from last Friday night Fontelina, and the Joe Pride-trained Terravista unbeaten this time in with wins in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes and Liverpool City Cup.

See below for the full George Ryder Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field due out on Wednesday.

Want faster access to your winnings this autumn carnival? Sign-up with today and take advantage of their EFTOPOS card system where your money is instantly credited to you!

2014 George Ryder Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 29/03/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 APPEARANCE Guy Walter 118
2 BEL THOR Wez Hunter 92
3 BOBAN Chris Waller 117
4 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
5 EUROZONE Bart & James Cummings 100
6 FAT AL Peter G Moody 104
7 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 108
9 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 104
10 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 112
11 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
12 RED TRACER Chris Waller 115
13 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 111
14 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott 108
15 STREAMA Guy Walter 113
16 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride 104
17 TOYDINI Guy Walter 109
18 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 104

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Calanda to carry top weight in...

Tradesman is top weight for 20...

Tradesman is top weight for 2018 Tattersall’s Cup

Ipswich Cup winner Tradesman has been given the top weight for Saturday’s...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Ta...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara

The last Group 1 of the current racing season is set to have a capacity field...

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

Moss ‘N’ Dale challenging for favouritism in 2018 Eye Liner Stakes betting

Victorian sprinter Moss ‘N‘ Dale is making a solid bid for favouritism for the...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?