A total of five Group 1 races are running at Rosehill this Saturday, including the George Ryder Stakes (1500m), which has attracted a top-class field of 14 sprint-mile runners.
Four of those 14 horses are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Shooting To Win at $4.80.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt is one of two three-year-olds in the race, taking on his older rivals in the $1 million race.
Shooting To Win has placed in seven of his nine career starts and is a winner over the track and distance of the race after winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) by three lengths on September 27 followed by a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
The colt has had two starts this campaign against his own age, running fourth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first-up before scoring a minor placing in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), both times he ran less than one length behind winner Hallowed Crown.
Shooting To Win is definitely a talented horse but will he hold his own against more experienced rivals? Check out our betting tips for the 2015 George Ryder Stakes below.
#2 Criterion ($10)
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s horse is the market mover of the betting, seeing his odds shorten to sit just on the cusp of single figures. Criterion resumed in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on March 7, running third after getting stuck on the fence. The horse enjoyed his autumn season as a three-year-old last year, winning both the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) however he has failed to win another race since April last year. Criterion was gallant in defeat though, scoring placings in five of his eight starts. It’s right about that time that Criterion should be returning to the winner’s circle. The horse will enjoy a jump from barrier five in the George Ryder Stakes with Craig Williams to ride.
#11 Cosmic Endeavour ($5)
Gai Waterhouse’s four-year-old is the second favourite in the George Ryder betting and is in great form to deliver a winning run in the race. Cosmic Endeavour has placed in 10 of her 16 career starts and is already a winner at the highest level of racing after taking out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) last winter. The mare was spelled for eight months following her win but has already had three starts this preparation, including a second placing in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) before winning another Group 1 title in the Canterbury Stakes on March 7. Cosmic Endeavour will enjoy a jump from barrier four with Tommy Berry as jockey.
#9 Burbero ($51)
Punters looking for a lucrative bet in the George Ryder Stakes should consider Bjorn Baker’s roughie Burbero with a win price of $51 or $12.20 to place. The six-year-old gelding will enjoy an inside jump from barrier two with Opie Bosson to ride. With 35 starts to his name, Burbero has a good record over both the track and distance of the race, including both at the same time; the gelding has placed in three of his five 1500m starts at Rosehill. Burbero is in great form, finishing in the first two in all five of his past starts. His last start was in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday, which he won a short half-head from Ninth Legion.
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