George Ryder Stakes

George Ryder Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Rosehill Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1,500m

THE George Ryder Stakes is a group one race for three-year-olds and over ran under weight-for-age conditions across the 1500m, held every year at Rosehill in Sydney.

The race is typically ran in March as part of Golden Slipper Day and is worth $1,000,000, although it has not always been the case over the 120-year history. It only became a group 1 event in 1980.

The race is an important one in the Sydney autumn racing carnival given the winner of the George Ryder is exempt from the ballot of the Doncaster Mile.

Originally ran as the Railway Stakes, the George Ryder Stakes was renamed in 1974 after George E. Ryder who was a racing administrator, stud master and businessman.

Given the race is a preamble to the Doncaster Mile, the George Ryder Stakes can be a great indicator of success in the prestigious race.

In the last 15 years four horses, Winx (2016), Vision And Power (2009), Racing To Win in 2007 and Haradasun in 2006 have gone on to claim the Doncaster Mile after claiming the George Ryder Stakes.

Best George Ryder Stakes bookmakers

The George Ryder Stakes is one of the biggest races of the Sydney autumn, which means all-in markets open months in anticipation of the race.

The regular tote and fixed odds markets open typically a week before the race, but that will vary from bookmaker to bookmaker.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

2021 George Ryder Stakes betting odds

Fierce Impact
Can Fierce Impact secure another Group 1 victory before he heads to the breeding barn?

Gone were the days where George Ryder Stakes betting markets would open and Winx would be installed as an outright favourite, with no rival within earshot of the great mare.

For the 2021 running, Ole Kirk is the $4.20 favourite following his win in the Caulfield Guineas in the spring, and an impressive start to his autumn campaign thus far. A win in the George Ryder Stakes will be his third Group 1 success for the Hawkes team.

Sharing the second line of betting is the ever consistent Dreamforce who broke through for his first Group 1 win in this race last year, whilst Fierce Impact will be looking to add another Group 1 to his ever impressive record. Kolding also shares the second line of betting, with all three runners havings odds of $8 available.

George Ryder Stakes betting guide

Despite some hot priced favourites in Winx and Pierro getting the job done in the George Ryder in recent times, the race has not always been kind to the bookies’ elect.

Since 1983 there has been 11 double-figured price winners in the group one race, averaging a return of just over $18.

To further compound the woes of favourite backers, just five favourites in the last decade have taken out the race, largely thanks to Winx winning four George Ryder Stakes in successive years.

The race has invariably been a male-dominated group one. In 2016 Winx snapped a 30 year streak of dominance by male horses in the George Ryder Stakes.

Jockey Hugh Bowman is one to follow in the George Ryder Stakes, with six wins to his name in the great race, with four aboard Winx. Whilst superstar trainer Chris Waller has notched up seven wins in the Group 1 event.

2020 George Ryder Stakes result


1stDreamforce ($12.00)
2ndThe Bostonian ($2.00)
3rdTe Akau Shark ($1.04)

Recent George Ryder Stakes winners

  • Dreamforce and The Bostonian were the first two out and they were the first two home! The John Thompson-trained Dreamforce had finished third behind Winx in 2019, but managed to take out his first Group 1, by holding out the fast finishing The Bostonian in a brilliant front running ride by Nash Rawiller. Te Akau Shark had been backed into an odds-on favourite for the 2020 George Ryder Stakes but could do no better than a third place finish.
  • Winx was in this race. Nothing more needs to be said. For the purposes of history however we will run you through the race. Jumping out to a comfortable position, Hugh Bowman just let Winx do her thing, staying three-wide for the trip before coming four-wide before the turn. As you can imagine it didn’t matter, Winx put the race to bed before the 300m to record a fourth-straight success in the George Ryder.
  • It was a record-setting day for Winx as the mighty mare recorded yet another Group 1 win. Settling midfield it was only a matter of when, not if, Winx would win. Sailing past early pace maker Invincible Gem and cruised to victory ahead of Happy Clapper and Kementari.
  • Winx again proved that it’s the queen of the turf by winning its second consecutive George Ryder Stakes and 16th consecutive race overall. The Chris Waller-trained champion mare cruised up to the opposition around the turn at Rosehill before putting up multiple lengths on the field. Jockey Hugh Bowman never asked the mare to fully extend in the heavy conditions and the win was considered one of Winx’s greatest feats.

  • The 2016 edition of the George Ryder Stakes was all about one horse – Winx. The superstar Waller runner came into the race as one of the shortest priced favourites in a long while. The $1.90 favourite did not disappoint in completing a dominant 1.5 length win. Read a full report.
  • Japanese raider Real Impact came into the race as a double figure outsider, but when it found the front early in the race it looked like an upset could be on the cards. In the latter stages of the race the more fancied Criterion matched strides and headed Real Impact in the final 100m, but the Japanese horse found something on the line and won a tight photo.
  • Notch up another win for the international raiders. Irish star Gordon Lord Byron was not expected to make much of an impact in its Australian debut but the gelding stunned the Australian racing scene. After getting a solid run in transit the despised outsider pinched a beautiful run on the inside and surged to the line to topple Speediness in the shadows of the post.
  • It is not often the short-priced favourites have saluted over the last 10 years in the George Ryder but Waterhouse superstar Pierro certainly bucked that trend in 2013. The shortest priced favourite in the history of the race ($1.35) did not have it all its own way but saluted to send favourite backers home happy.

George Ryder Stakes Honour Roll

George Ryder Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Dreamforce Nash Rawiller John Thompson
2019 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2015 Real Impact James McDonald Noriyuki Hori
2014 Gordon Lord Byron Craig Williams Tom Hogan
2013 Pierro Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2012 Metal Bender Michael Rodd Chris Waller
2011 Rangirangdoo Corey Brown Chris Waller
2010 Danleigh Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2009 Vision And Power Jim Cassidy Joseph Pride
2008 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald
2007 Haradasun Glen Boss Tony Vasil
2006 Racing To Win Glen Boss John O’Shea
2005 Court’s In Session Hugh Bowman Guy Walter
2004 Lonhro Darren Beadmean John Hawkes
2003 Lonhro Darren Beadmean John Hawkes
2002 Lord Essex Richard Quinn John Hawkes
2001 Landsighting Corey Brown Noel Mayfield-Smith
2000 Al Mansour Lenny Beasley John Size

George Ryder Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

George Ryder Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Referral
1998 Quick Flick
1997 Mouawad
1996 Ravarda
1995 March Hare
1994 Telesto
1993 Schillaci
1992 Kinjite
1991 Bureaucracy
1990 Straussbrook
1989 Wong
1988 Campaign King
1987 Campaign King
1986 Heat Of The Moment
1985 Hula Drum
1984 Emancipation
1983 Emancipation
1982 Pure Of Heart
1981 Prince Ruling
1980 Manikato
1979 Manikato
1978 Command Module
1977 Pacific Ruler
1976 Superior Air
1975 Dalrello
1974 Itchy Feet
1973 All Shot
1972 Triton
1971 Baguette
1970 Boy Dandy
1969 Foresight
1968 Foresight
1967 Time And Tide
1966 Rakaia
1965 Rush Bye
1964 Time And Tide
1963 Prince Regoli
1962 Prince Regoli
1961 Grecian Vale
1960 Man Of Iron
1959 Book Link
1958 Chieti
1957 New Spec
1956 King’s Fair
1955 Gay Vista
1954 Carioca
1953 Regoli
1952 Coniston
1951 Drastic
1950 Buzmark
1949 Comedy Prince
1948 Heroic Sovereign
1947 Tamaroa
1946 Bragger
1945 Melher
1944 Warlock
1943 Triad
1942 Race Not Held
1941 Evergreen
1940 Cigarette
1939 Bramol
1938 Mohican
1937 Cereza
1936 Gay Blonde
1935 Sarcherie / High
1934 Leila Va
1933 Whittingham
1932 Myles La Coplen
1931 Casque D’Or
1930 Sir Chrystopher / Greenline
1929 Cleave
1928 Vaal
1928 Ascalon
1927 Fujisan / Cavedweller
1926 Lausanne
1925 Encre
1925 Valiant
1924 Clar
1923 Naharada
1923 Volpi
1922 Sir Maitland / Braehead
1921 Beauford
1920 Chrysolaus
1919 Hem
1918 Dame Acre
1917 Spurn
1916 Gold Brew
1915 Eugeny
1914 Sunlike
1913 Race Not Held
1912 Miocene
1911 Maltster Maid
1910 Vauntie
1909 Microscope
1908 Lord Merv
1907 Thalaba
1906 Zythos
1905 Lucknow
1904 Cressy
1903 Marvel Loch

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