George Ryder Stakes

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 no 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 Handicap.

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 10 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.

2019 George Ryder Stakes betting odds

Winx is the unbackable George Ryder Stakes favourite.

A pair of Chris Waller runners are the only two horses in single figures for the 2019 George Ryder Stakes.

Winx is the $1.30 favourite at online bookmaker BetEasy ahead of stablemate The Autumn Sun ($7).

No other runner is given a chance.

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

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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 10 double-figured price winners in the group one race, averaging a return of just over $19.

To further compound the woes of favourite backers, just three favourites in the last decade have taken out the race, and five of the ten times the short-priced elect has failed to even place.

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.

2019 George Ryder Stakes result

1stWinx ($1.05)
2ndBrutal ($2.30)
3rdDreamforce ($3.20)

Recent George Ryder Stakes winners

  • 2019:
    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.
  • 2018:
    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.
  • 2017:
    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.
  • 2016:
    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.
  • 2015:
    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.
  • 2014:
    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.
  • 2013:
    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

Year Winner
2019 Winx
2018 Winx
2017 Winx
2016 Winx
2015 Real Impact
2014 Gordon Lord Byron
2013 Pierro
2012 Metal Bender
2011 Rangirangdoo
2010 Danleigh
2009 Vision And Power
2008 Weekend Hussler
2007 Haradasun
2006 Racing To Win
2005 Court’s In Session
2004 Lonhro
2003 Lonhro
2002 Lord Essex
2001 Landsighting
2000 Al Mansour
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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