Chris Waller’s super talented mare Red Tracer has opened clear favourite to add a third Group 1 win to her record in Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes 2014 after a luckless loss last time out.
A star-studded line-up of 15 middle distance sprinters are set to face off in the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) this weekend, the event headlining racing at Rosehill Gardens.
Sydney’s leading trainer Waller has a stranglehold over the field too saddling up a quartet from his triple premiership winning stables.
His best chance of success, which would be his fourth win in the race in five years, lies out wide in barrier 13 where Dane Shadow six-year-old Red Tracer is drawn.
Sitting top of the latest George Ryder Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.30 to win, Red Tracer is a dual Group 1 champ having taken out last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara in Brisbane and the Myer Classic in Melbourne.
Now it is her time to shine in her home state after running third as the beaten favourite at Randwick last start.
Red Tracer resumed for the autumn on March 1 winning the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) with ease at Rosehill before stepping back up to elite level company for the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
It looked hers for the taking however she blundered the start and nearly fell.
In an amazing effort she recovered well settling back in the field out wide before charging home late to reel some smart horses in and finish under one and a half lengths away third behind the now retired with injury champion Appearance.
If all goes to plan here then Red Tracer can atone for that mishap in the Canterbury Stakes and take home the George Ryder trophy joining Waller’s other recent winners Metal Bender (2012), Rangirangdoo (2011) and Danleigh (2010).
She’s got a hoodoo to overcome however as no filly or mare has won the race since Heat Of The Moment did it as a three-year-old way back in 1986.
Patezza though came close when runner-up back in 2005 before her Doncaster triumph next start.
Second pick for the George Ryder is then another Waller-trained runner, Boban (barrier nine) paying $4.80.
A four-year-old son of Bernardini Boban has his 22nd career start here, the well performing gelding also a dual Group 1 winner following the 2013 Emirates Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes last start.
Boban was far too good for them last start coming from second last, racing wide and still defeating five-time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel by a length over the Warwick Farm mile.
They drop back in distance here, which has historically worked well for previous George Ryder Stakes winners, and should be very competitive going up against their better fancied stable mate.
The other single figure chances are then:
- #4 Sacred Falls ($8.50) – Waller’s O’reilly four-year-old ran second in the Rosehill Guineas on this day 12 months ago before taking out the Doncaster over heavy favourite Pierro in a killer autumn campaign, they’re yet to win a race yet but have been far from disgraced in their attempts including a 0.8 length fifth in the Emirates and a first-up fourth in the Canterbury where they lacked a bit of fitness
- #14 El Roca ($8.50) – Trent Busuttin-trained Kiwi visitor could have gone to the Rosehill Guineas against their own age, but connections have kept them at this distance for a reason, their latest start was a very narrow second in the Randwick Guineas to Dissident where they lost in the final stride which they get a chance to atone for here
- #15 Eurozone ($9.50) – Another three-year-old colt looking to get the better of the older horses, the Bart & James Cummings-trained son of Northern Meteor comes via three Group 1s having run second (CF Orr), fourth (Australian Guineas) and third (Randwick Guineas) respectively giving them a gun lead-up to this
Also in the running at juicer George Ryder Stakes prices are the likes of last year’s George Main Stakes champ Streama ($12) who will relish the wet in Sydney, the improving Joe Pride-trained Terravista ($16) coming off back-to-back Group 3 wins and Irish import Gordon Lord Byron ($21) in their Aussie debut having last been seen running fourth in the Hong Kong Mile back in December.
See below for the latest George Ryder Stakes 2014 fixed win odds, prices courtesy of the country’s fastest growing betting agency Ladbrokes.com.au.
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