Think About It Heads 2024 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds

March 22, 2024

Think About It Heads 2024 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds

Joe Pride’s versatile The Everest hero Think About It may be drawn wide but the money is on him to return to winning form with a victory for the punters in Saturday’s 2024 George Ryder Stakes field.

2023 The Everest winner Think About It

Think About It is drawn wide but remains favourite in 2024 George Ryder Stakes betting in Sydney this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Rosehill Gardens comes to life with a bumper five elite level races taking place across the Golden Slipper Day program including the weight-for-age Group 1 $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

A full field featuring 19 final acceptors is set to line-up in the middle-distance feature on the card with Think About It drawn out in gate 17 donning the No. 1 saddlecloth.

Sam Clipperton retains the ride on the gun So You Think five-year-old whose earnings are in excess of $12 million with 11 wins from 14 starts to date.

Think About It is best known for his The Everest triumph over 1200m last spring, and he now chases his first victory since.

He was beaten fresh by Lady Laguna when runner-up in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and rises in distance again second-up.

Despite only having won up to 1400m previously, Think About It remains top of the George Ryder Stakes odds at $5 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The danger in the full George Ryder Stakes field is Militarize now into equal $5 favouritism with Think About It.

Trainer Chris Waller opted to scratch his three-time Group 1 winning colt from the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in favour of this shorter distance run against the older horses.

James McDonald has the ride on the talented young son of Dundeel who is fit third-up this weekend coming off back-to-back seconds.

His latest victory was here back in September’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), after which he ran fifth in the Caulfield Guineas and eighth only 2.35 lengths beaten in the iconic Cox Plate over 2040m at The Valley.

Fresh Militarize took on an open-age field when runner-up to stablemate Fangirl in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).

He then finished second beaten a nostril flare by Celestial Legend in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Dropping back to the 1500m looks an interesting choice, but he has the right draw and credentials to get win number four on his CV.

Two other runners are currently under double-figures in George Ryder Stakes betting for the weekend with the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Veight ($9) and the Gary Portelli-trained Encap ($9) being kept safe in the markets.

Damian Lane partners Veight from gate eight fourth-up with the three-year-old Grunt colt having just his second start in Sydney after a fourth in the Group 1 Inglis’ Sires here last April.

The spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas runner-up over a mile was a first-up Group 2 Australia stakes winner at The Valley before a fourth in the CF Orr behind Mr Brightside.

His latest start on March 2 saw him place second in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and he ticks plenty of boxes.

Encap gets the run of the race from barrier two with Blake Shinn in the saddle of the Capitalist three-year-old who was second to Militarize narrowly beaten in last year’s Golden Rose.

He has been competitive in plenty since including a last start fifth only a length off the winner in a blanket finish behind Celestial Legend in the Randwick Guineas.

Looking the value at generous George Ryder Stakes odds of $10 is Think About It’s last start conqueror Lady Laguna chasing more Group 1 glory.

Annabel Neasham’s ultra-consistent Overshare mare has been in fine form winning four of her past five starts most recently that surprise Canterbury win by over a length.

She has a lovely affinity with the Rosehill track (4:2-1-0) and looked to still have plenty to give last time out suggesting the 1500m is a non-issue.

Other notable George Ryder Stakes hopes in 2024 include the Godolphin-raced Pericles ($12) to be ridden by Hugh Bowman and market mover Amenable ($10) second-up in gate four with Mark Zahra to ride.

The 2024 George Ryder Stakes is set to run as Rosehill Race 7 at 3:55pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s 10-race card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2024 George Ryder Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x111x113x2 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 17 59kg 115
2 42151120×0 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Adam Hyeronimus 14 59kg 109
3 2x1132x625 PERICLES James Cummings Hugh Bowman 15 59kg 109
4 131x9250x4 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 19 59kg 108
5 x901393x78 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Tommy Berry 5 59kg 107
6 22x0180x47 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Kerrin McEvoy 10 59kg 105
7 924x1111x8 UNSPOKEN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 1 59kg 105
8 4x765824x7 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 11 59kg 103
9 0x99312186 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 59kg 103
10 12515x516x MIGHTY ULYSSES (GB) Annabel Neasham Tom Marquand 3 59kg 103
11 87x26x43x2 NEW ENERGY (IRE) Ciaron Maher Jason Collett 16 59kg 102
12 254x1564x2 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 4 59kg 99
13 3x429602x5 WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Joshua Parr 13 59kg 96
14 x031x5357x COSMIC VEGA (IRE) Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 18 59kg 95
15 123×211121 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 12 57kg 110
16 11x5158x22 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 56kg 110
17 4x1525x142 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 8 56kg 106
18 223125×325 ENCAP Gary Portelli Blake Shinn 2 56kg 95
19 2x11169x68 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher Zac Lloyd (a) 6 54kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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