Champion mare Winx and the up-in-distance sprint star Chautauqua are the only single-figure fancies in the latest George Ryder Stakes 2017 odds for this Saturday’s Group 1 at Rosehill.
Running as Golden Slipper Day Race 5 at 2:45pm (AEDT) a small field of just the nine runners take to the Gardens track for the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
The field may be down on numbers, but there is plenty of credible rivals out to take on Chris Waller’s heroic daughter of Street Cry as she hunts a sixteenth straight turf triumph.
Win number sixteen on the trot will take Winx will see her sit just one shy of the Aussie-bred Silent Witness who recorded seventeen straight victories before the winning streak came to an end with a second to stablemate Bullish Luck in the 20015 The Champions Mile in Hong Kong.
She won the same two races leading-up to her George Ryder Stakes success last autumn as she has this time in and it is very hard to see anything getting the better of her again on the weekend.
Her last start Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) success was an impressive effort on a Heavy (9) Randwick track and all reports are that she came through the run without a worry.
It was an all-Waller George Ryder Stakes trifecta twelve months ago with Winx beating home stablemates Kermadec and Press Statement.
The stable is in with a total of three runners again this autumn, but Waller’s other runners McCreery ($21) and Endless Drama ($51) are roughie hopes in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Of the duo the standout is the often underrated Big Bad Bob five-year-old McCreery who was impressive first-up on February 25 winning the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).
He, like Winx, showed a Heavy-rated track was a non-issue and is building a consistent record as he looks to write a Bullish Luck-like story on Saturday.
Winx sits top of the markets for obvious reasons at a short $1.18, while the Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua ($7.50) drawn the rails is the main danger according to the bookies.
The international Group 1 winning galloper continues to handle his distance tests heading towards a possible $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) run on April 1.
Last start the six-year-old was beaten by the narrowest of margins in the mud for a second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
Winner of that lead-up was the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain who occupies the third line of George Ryder Stakes betting at $11 for an upset on Saturday.
A four-year-old son of Hard Spun, Le Romain chases a fourth consecutive win and is a genuine contender to give Winx a run for her money along with Chautauqua according to the mare’s hoop Hugh Bowman.
“She’s starting to get to a level that she was when she won the Cox Plate last year, so that to me is very exciting,” Bowman told AAP.
“In saying that though I think the George Ryder will probably be the most competitive event for her in some time. The fact is it’s 1500 metres, so it’s probably short of her best distance, and she’s going to take on some serious competition in Chautauqua, Le Romain and others.
“I think those two horses put the writing on the wall in the Canterbury Stakes the other day that they’re up for the challenge.”
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