Forbidden Love Leads 2022 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds

March 16, 2022

Forbidden Love Leads 2022 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds

Last start Canterbury Stakes winning mare Forbidden Love is favourite to extend her autumn winning streak to three on the trot in Saturday’s 2022 George Ryder Stakes.

Forbidden Love | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Forbidden Love headlines the 2022 George Ryder Stakes field and betting markets at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of four elite level races at Rosehill Gardens on the Golden Slipper Day card, this year’s Group 1 $1 million The Agency George Ryder Stakes (1500m) attracted a quality field of 12 weight-for-age stars.

Sitting top of the George Ryder Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.80 and firming is Richard & Michael Freedman’s in-form All Too Hard four-year-old Forbidden Love.

She comes off back-to-back Randwick wins in the wet, the latest a nearly two length effort in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on a Heavy (9).

While the track is likely to be firmer at Rosehill on Saturday, Forbidden Love remains the one to beat rock-hard fit and versatile from a gun barrier two draw with Hugh Bowman retaining the ride.

The danger occupying the second line of George Ryder Stakes betting at $4.20 is the Annabel Neasham-trained Mo’unga back in Sydney off a lead-up Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) second fresh at Caulfield.

The Savabeel entire won the Rosehill Guineas on this day 12 months ago and has recorded one win since first-up defeating Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) during the spring.

He has been competitive in everything since including a Cox Plate fourth and third to Zaaki in the Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington before his Futurity return on February 26.

Fitter second-up Mo’unga is the improver set to challenge also drawn nicely in gate four with jockey Tommy Berry coming aboard.

Also well-supported is the $5 third elect Converge, a dual acceptor also in the field against Anamoe in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) over further on the same race card.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Frankel three-year-old beat Anamoe home in an upset last time out over the mile in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and fourth-up at Rosehill he is sure to be competitive in whichever option the stable select for him.

In an open market a further two horses are at single-figure George Ryder Stakes odds with Colette ($7.50) and the rails-drawn Private Eye ($8).

Godolphin’s Hallowed Crown mare Colette is winless this campaign and is looking to return to winning form for the first time since her Group 1 Empire Stakes (1600m) victory at Flemington on Derby Day.

She was last seen running a somewhat disappointing eighth behind super mare Verry Elleegant on a Heavy (10) Randwick course in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and gets her chance again here in barrier three for James McDonald.

The Joe Pride-trained Private Eye is also being kept safe for his second-up run, the Al Maher four-year-old having won the Group 1 Epsom handicap (1600m) in an upset in his best known performance last year.

He returned when third to Forbidden Love four lengths off Saturday’s favourite fresh in the Canterbury Stakes and needs to be improving notably to close that gap.

The 2022 George Ryder Stakes is set to run as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) with full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2022 George Ryder Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 501x599x04 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 5 59kg 112
2 07x12543x2 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 4 59kg 112
3 1x174185x3 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 1 59kg 108
4 33x08360x6 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 12 59kg 106
5 8752208×07 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 9 59kg 99
6 3211×01115 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 8 59kg 94
7 54518x5x57 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Mark Zahra 11 58.5kg 106
8 4x65118x28 COLETTE James Cummings James McDonald 3 57kg 111
9 x47830x211 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 2 57kg 111
10 11x84837x4 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg 107
11 1321x8x331 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56kg 108
12 x53011x523 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 6 56kg 102

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