2016 George Ryder Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

George Ryder Stakes

One of the most popular races held during Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is the 2016 George Ryder Stakes, a prestigious Group 1 thoroughbred race held at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Rosehill Guineas Day.

The 2016 George Ryder Stakes will be held on March 19th, 2016.

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The Group 1 event is now worth a staggering $1 million in prize money and always draws a strong field so it is no surprise that so many avid race fans have been turning out to the legendary race that has taken place since 1903.

The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes is held on a Saturday in March and is one of three brilliant Group 1 races held at the meeting. The other big feature events of the day are the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) for three-year-old colts and geldings and the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) that often draws the best sprinters from right around the country.

For the running of the 2016 George Ryder Stakes, don’t miss Rosehill Guineas Day that will take place on Saturday March 19, 2016.

A middle-distance race over 1500 meters, the George Ryder Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions and has been won by some of the most talented horses in the history of Australian racing.

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Some of the champion of Australian racing that have been successful 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) – who of whom have multiple Group 1 winners on their resume.

One of the major reasons that the George Ryder Stakes draws such a strong field is that it is considered a key lead-up race to number of the major Group 1 events that will take place during The Championships.

Many horses that have won or done well in the George Ryder Stakes have also gone on to perform strongly in other prominent races such as the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) that is run on the opening weekend of The Championships at Royal Randwick. The winner of the George Ryder Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Doncaster Handicap, but Emancipation (1983), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007) and Vision And Power (2009) are the only horses that have completed the George Ryder Stakes/Doncaster Mile double.

George Ryder Stakes History

The George Ryder Stakes was first held in 1903 and is one of NSW’s oldest thoroughbred races.

The race originally began as a Principal event and was elevated straight into Group 1 status in 1980.

The George Ryder Stakes was run over 1400m until 1985, 1450m for one year in 1985 and  in 1986 the race distance was permanently increased to its current lenght of 1500 metres.

George Ryder Stakes Field

The George Ryder Stakes field is generally filled with twenty of the best middle distance gallopers from right around Australia. The $1 million of prizemoney on offer as well as the fact that the race is conducted two weeks before the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) makes the George Ryder Stakes a very appealing option for a range of different horses. The 2014 George Ryder Stakes field is expected to feature Group 1 winners like Boban, Appearance and Eurozone.

George Ryder Stakes Betting

George Ryder Stakes betting is always very interesting and both favourites and outsiders have had success in the Group 1 event. Talented gallopers like Hula Drum (1985), Campaign King (1988), Bureaucracy (1991), Kinijite (1992), Schillaci (1993), Mouawad (1997), Lonhro (2003 and 2004), Danleigh (2010) and Pierro (2013) all won the race as favourites, while March Hare (1995), Ravarda (1996), and Al Mansour (2000) all tasted success in the race at big odds.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Australian Derby

(2400m)

Randwick

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

TJ Smith Stakes

(1200m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Doncaster Mile

(1600m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Randwick

$550,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Sydney Cup

(3200m)

Randwick

$500,000

Hcp

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$4,000,000

Open

Group 1

Queen Of The Turf Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$1,000,000

3YO&UP

Group 2

Queen of the South Stakes

(1600m)

Morphettville

$175,000

3YO & Up SWP

Group 3

Chairman’s Handicap

(2000m)

Morphettville

$115,000

3YO SW

Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse where the annual George Ryder Stakes is traditionally held has become a mecca for horse racing fans all across Australia. Every fan throughout the continent is familiar with this iconic track that was purchased by the Sydney Turf Club in 1943. The venue was promptly turned into one of Australia’s premier racecourses and it wasn’t too long after that it would gain its reputation of being one of the quirkiest tracks boasting several oddities that have made it known as being a one of a kind specialist track. Perhaps the main reason that this course was so suitable for the George Ryder Stakes and is so popular among race fans is due to its long track that is ideal for both distance and sprint racing.

Many horse racing enthusiasts rave about the tracks ability to give the upper hand to the pace setters in the George Ryder Stakes. This info always ends up affecting the betting odds associated with the famous race. This mainly comes from the Rosehill Garden’s 20-meter wide track, which often allows the early leaders to get an advantage when others possibly get pinched or pinned to the rails early on. Although, this doesn’t make the early leader a clear winner as the 408 meter stretch often provides the horses that become back runners the ability to catch up and make a pass. These are the exact dynamics that always make the George Ryder Stakes such an incredibly exciting race. It’s also the reason that so many Aussies swear its one of the best races in the world possibly even rivaling the famous Kentucky Derby.

George Ryder Stakes News

Only eight runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens, but the exceptional depth of talent underlines the race as a particularly lucrative one from a betting standpoint. Winx has returned to racing in typically slick form this…