2021 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds Update: Arcadia Queen Scratched

March 18, 2021

2021 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds Update: Arcadia Queen Scratched

Last weekend’s $5 million The All-Star Mile withdrawal Arcadia Queen has again been scratched with the heavy rainfall in Sydney deterring the stable from heading up to Rosehill for the 2021 George Ryder Stakes this weekend.

Arcadia Queen Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photo) | Races.com.au

Arcadia Queen has been scratched from Saturday’s 2021 George Ryder Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Rosehill Gardens is already at a Heavy (8) rating before another 80mm plus rain is forecast to fall across Sydney ahead of Golden Slipper Stakes Day on Saturday.

WA trainers Grant & Alana Williams have already pulled the pin on running their star mare Arcadia Queen who was forced to scratch out from last Saturday’s The All-Star Mile at The Valley after failing to pass three vet checks.

She will instead be saved for the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) Saturday week with the team hoping the course dries out in time to get the mare back racing this autumn.

The updated field for the Group 1 $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m) features 10 remaining runners and it is a tight betting battle.

Current favourite at George Ryder Stakes odds of $3.80 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au is the Chris Waller-trained Adelaide mare Funstar.

The four-year-old is a proven mudlark with excellent form on Heavy tracks (4:2-1-0) and she presents fit third-up this weekend.

It has been a long time between drinks for Funstar who hasn’t won a race since her Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) success at this track and distance run on a Heavy (9) a year ago.

She has been competitive in plenty since however including her Group 1 Queen Of The Turf second last April, her second in Randwick’s Group 1 Epsom over the mile last October and her two lead-up runs this time in.

She comes off back-to-back fourths at Randwick in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, the latter seeing her just a half-length behind her star stablemate Verry Elleegant in an ideal lead-up into Saturday’s race.

Waller is looking to add to his excellent record in the George Ryder Stakes having won the event seven times thanks to the four-peat of his champion mare Winx (2016-19).

Chris Waller is after his eighth win in the George Ryder Stakes this weekend

Occupying the second and third lines of George Ryder Stakes betting are the closely-rated duo of Avilius ($4.40) and Kolding ($4.60) drawn in barriers one and three respectively.

The Godolphin-raced Avilius is another Chipping Norton graduate backing-up in the George Ryder having finished a quarter-length back third first-up at big odds.

He is two-from-two on Heavy going, has a strong second-up record (7:3-1-1) and loves the Rosehill track (5:3-0-2).

It has been 545 days since Avilius last posted a win in the 2019 George Main Stakes, but trainer James Cummings is confident going into Saturday with the Heavy track a big boost for the evergreen seven-year-old.

“I don’t think the horse has been beaten on a heavy track,” Cummings told Racenet this week.

“It’s been a while since he’s put his best ratings down two years ago but they [the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and Group 1 Tancred Stakes wins] were on Heavy tracks.

“I think this is as good an opportunity as he’s had for years on Saturday.

“I’m excited that the conditions give the horse a chance, the chance he needs.”

Stablemate to the favourite, Kolding also rates well for this with the Ocean Park five-year-old having his fourth run this campaign.

He was second in the Expressway and Apollo before running fifth in a blanket finish in the Chipping Norton.

Click here for the latest George Ryder Stakes 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x02110x225 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 59kg 114
2 3x462605x3 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 111
3 2810x017x5 DREAMFORCE John Thompson James McDonald 4 59kg 111
4 15x11624x8 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 5 59kg 111
5 34x3240x41 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 6 59kg 107
6 9x440825x3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 7 59kg 105
7 2x235407x0 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 10 59kg 105
8 1117x332x7 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 59kg 105
9 37x311918x JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 9 59kg 103
10 5x523151x2 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams Damien Oliver 2 57kg 116
11 42x6220x44 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 57kg 108

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