George Ryder Stakes

The George Ryder Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens won four times from 2016-19 by super mare Winx.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #3 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #2 Avilius



Note: The 2021 George Ryder Stakes was postponed until Saturday March 27th, 2021 due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions at Rosehill Gardens. 

The George Ryder Stakeswon four times by Winx (2016-19) – is a 1500m middle distance race held at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse during the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Group 1 weight-for-age event now offers a lucrative $1 million in prize money and runs in late March as part of a bumper race card for Golden Slipper Stakes Day.

There are five Group 1 races on the Golden Slipper Stakes Day card with the George Ryder Stakes accompanied by the:

The winner of the George Ryder Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Doncaster Mile, the Group 1 classic running on Day 1 of April’s “The Championships” at Royal Randwick. Recent horses to complete the George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile double include Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Vision And Power (2009) and Winx (2016).

Key lead-up races to the George Ryder Stakes held earlier in the autumn include the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and the Group Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in February.

The 2021 George Ryder Stakes ran on Saturday March 27, 2021 as part of the rescheduled Slipper Day card at Rosehill and was won in an upset by Think It Over ($26). 

George Ryder Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday March 27, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 George Ryder Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #3 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #2 Avilius

Kerry Parker’s underrated runner Think It Over ($26) continued his good autumn form with a blowout in the 2021 George Ryder Stakes results when defeating last year’s champion Dreamforce ($17) in a narrow win ahead of the Doncaster Mile.

Click here to read more on the 2021 George Ryder Stakes win by Doncaster-bound Think It Over.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 8 59kg $26
2 3 DREAMFORCE John Thompson James McDonald 0.2L 2 59kg $17
3 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 0.3L 6 59kg $5
4 8 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 1L 7 59kg $14
5 6 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 1.9L 5 59kg $14
6 4 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.7L 12 59kg $61
7 9 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 3.5L 4 59kg $26
8 13 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.7L 1 57kg $4.80F
9 5 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 4.7L 11 59kg $10
10 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.9L 13 59kg $6
11 12 MIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 5.6L 9 57kg $10
12 10 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5.9L 10 59kg $16
13 11 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6.1L 3 59kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 George Ryder Stakes Odds

The updated George Ryder Stakes 2021 odds will be available the week of the race below with pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Field

The George Ryder Stakes field often draws a capacity field of middle-distance weight-for-age performers. The winner of the George Ryder Stakes receives ballot exempt entry into the Doncaster Mile and this is one of the reasons the race always draws such a strong field. However, the George Ryder Stakes is always a strong race in its own right and with $1 million in prizemoney is set to feature the best milers from right around Australia.

The 2021 George Ryder Stakes field is released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The updated George Ryder Stakes 2021 final field features 13 hopefuls led by last year’s Ranvet Stakes third placegetter on the day Avilius chasing his first victory since September 2019.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2021 George Ryder Stakes field and betting market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x02110x225 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 13 59kg 114
2 3x462605x3 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 111
3 2810x017x5 DREAMFORCE John Thompson James McDonald 2 59kg 111
4 15x11624x8 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 12 59kg 111
5 x22095x416 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 11 59kg 108
6 34x3240x41 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 5 59kg 107
7 2325103×12 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 8 59kg 107
8 9x440825x3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 7 59kg 105
9 2x235407x0 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 4 59kg 105
10 1117x332x7 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 59kg 105
11 37x311918x JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3 59kg 103
12 133x0x6022 MIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 9 57kg 109
13 42x6220x44 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 57kg 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

George Ryder Stakes Nominations

The updated 2021 George Ryder Stakes nominations close on the Monday before Golden Slipper Day and will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on March 22, 2021.

A bumper 26 hopefuls make-up the updated George Ryder Stakes 2021 nominations including Arcadia Queen who was scratched from the original final field and Godolphin’s talented wet-tracker Avilius.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 5x523151x2 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 116
2 3x462605x3 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 111
3 x300922142 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 105
4 9x440825x3 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 105
5 x131283x27 CRIADERAS G 4 James Cummings 95
6 2x235407x0 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 105
7 1117x332x7 DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
8 2810x017x5 DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 111
9 42x6220x44 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
10 34x3240x41 GEM SONG G 5 Kris Lees 107
11 242512×335 ICEBATH (NZ) M 4 Brad Widdup 104
12 0x34303x20 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
13 37x311918x JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
14 x02110x225 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 114
15 00x51068x8 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 108
16 133x0x6022 MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings 109
17 1x117x32 MO’UNGA (NZ) C 3 Annabel Neasham 100
18 6x11124x51 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 114
19 68x0720x89 PRINCE FAWAZ H 4 Anthony Cummings 99
20 803x2117x5 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson 101
21 x3x51730x3 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
22 15x11624x8 SAMADOUBT G 7 Bjorn Baker 111
23 x22095x416 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 108
24 2325103×12 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 107
25 3112x0x643 TRAVELLING LIGHT (NZ) M 4 Ben Foote 100
26 x15522x220 TRICKY GAL M 5 Matthew Smith 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

George Ryder Stakes History

The George Ryder Stakes was first held in 1946, over a distance of 1400 metres, and was taken out by Bragger. The distance of the race was increased to 1450 metres in 1985 and became a 1500 metre event in 1986.

Equine superstar Manikato holds the record for the fastest winning time in George Ryder Stakes, winning the 1980 edition in a time of  1 minute and 21.6 seconds.

In 2021 the original Golden Slipper Stakes race day including the George Ryder Stakes was abandoned due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions and postponed to the following Saturday.

George Ryder Stakes Winners

The George Ryder Stakes has been a Group 1 race since 1980 and has been one by some of the biggest names in Australian racing history. Equine superstars that have tasted success in the George Ryder Stakes include Comedy Prince (1949), Manikato (1979 and 1980), Emancipation (1983 and 1984), Schillaci (1993), Lonhro (2003 and 2004), Weekend Hussler (2008) and Pierro (2013).

In the past decade Chris Waller has dominated the George Ryder Stakes results winning with: Danleigh (2010), Rangirangdoo (2011), Metal Bender (2012) and Winx (2016-19). Winx is the standout George Ryder Stakes winner, the first to win the race three times on the trot with her three-peat achieved in 2018, which she then added to with a fourth in 2019 before her retirement later that year.

In 2020, Dreamforce became the first George Ryder Stakes winner in the post-Winx era improving on his third to the equine superstar the year prior. Dreamforce also returned in 2021 and was a brave runner-up to shock winner Think It Over.

See below for the full George Ryder Stakes results going back to 2000.

Recent George Ryder Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
George Ryder Stakes
1st Think It Over 1 minute 30.71 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Avilius
2020
George Ryder Stakes
1st Dreamforce 1 minute 30.15 seconds
2nd The Bostonian
3rd Te Akau Shark
2019
George Ryder Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 32.20 seconds
2nd Brutal
3rd Dreamforce
2018
George Ryder Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 31.48 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Kementari
2017
George Ryder Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 34.84 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Chautauqua
2016
George Ryder Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 28.7 seconds
2nd Kermadec
3rd Press Statement
2015
George Ryder Stakes
1st Real Impact 1 minute 28.29 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Kermadec
2014
George Ryder Stakes
1st Gordon Lord Byron 1 minute 30.95 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd El Roca
2013
George Ryder Stakes
1st Pierro 1 minute 31.08 seconds
2nd Mufhasa
3rd Shoot Out
2012
George Ryder Stakes
1st Metal Bender 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Rekindled Interest
3rd Secret Admirer
2011
George Ryder Stakes
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 29.4 seconds
2nd Love Conquers All
3rd Triple Elegance
2010
George Ryder Stakes
1st Danleigh 1 minute 30.27 seconds
2nd Dao Dao
3rd King Mufhasa
2009
George Ryder Stakes
1st Vision And Power 1 minute 31.57 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd King Mufhasa
2008
George Ryder Stakes
1st Weekend Hussler 1 minute 31.72 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd Casino Prince
2007
George Ryder Stakes
1st Haradasun< 1 minute 29.22 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Apache Cat
2006
George Ryder Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 27.89 seconds
2nd Paratroopers
3rd Lad Of The Manor
2005
George Ryder Stakes
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 28.65 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Sky Cuddle
2004
George Ryder Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 27.24 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Private Steer
2003
George Ryder Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 30.71 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Defier
2002
George Ryder Stakes
1st Lord Essex 1 minute 29.51 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Crawl
2001
George Ryder Stakes
1st Landsighting 1 minute 27.67 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Crawl
2000
George Ryder Stakes
1st Al Mansour 1 minute 30.53 seconds
2nd Bonanova
3rd Hire

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