A talented field of 15 has accepted to line up at Rosehill Gardens this weekend for the major Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), highlighted by the confirmation of several previous winners at the top level of Australian racing.
Having returned to typically brilliant form when producing a strong turn of foot in the final straight to claim the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out, Boban will be aiming for a second consecutive title this weekend, having been confirmed in the George Ryder Stakes final field.
Boban (barrier 9) was without doubt the performer of the 2012 spring, claiming five wins from as many starts including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Returning with a less-than-convincing run for fifth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) before again being unable to match the late pace of his rivals and finishing fourth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, the talented miler returned to his pet distance in the Chipping Norton last time out, more than solidifying his title as the country’s leading runner over 1600m.
Having outlined the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) as the major target for the Bernardini gelding this preparation, trainer Chris Waller is confident of adding another Group 1 title to the fold in this weekend’s George Ryder.
Waller is set to dominate the running of the 2014 George Ryder Stakes, having also accepted positions for My Kingdom Of Fife, Sacred Falls and consistent sprinter Red Tracer.
Missing nearly three years of racing after injuring a tendon in the 2011 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m), My Kingdom Of Fife was unable to figure when last in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) first-up, however Waller is confident a step-up in distance will be precisely what is required for the nine-year-old gelding to compete.
Unlucky to finish a nose outside the places when fourth in the Canterbury Stakes first-up Sacred Falls is a proven contender in autumn events, quickly building to the task in 2013 to finish second in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before comfortably beating home Piero to win the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Initially not included in nominations for the 2014 George Ryder Stakes, Waller has elected to accept a position in the final field for wet-track specialist Red Tracer following the poor weather around Sydney over the past week.
One of the stand-out performers of the 2013 spring, Red Tracer followed up an exciting victory in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) with two unlucky seconds in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) before heading to Queensland for the winter carnival and winning both the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Having produced an equally impressive spring preparation which peaked with a win in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), Red Tracer has already received huge support in betting markets for this weekend’s George Ryder Stakes, and will be particularly difficult defeat is the track remains soft.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 George Ryder Stakes is talented Irish gelding Gordon Lord Byron, confirmed to make his Australian debut at Rosehill this weekend.
Amassing nine wins and 14 places in 34 race starts to date, Gordon Lord Byron was arguably one of the most consistent race horses in all of Europe throughout 2013, finishing in the places in no fewer than four Group 1 events and winning the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup (1207m) on September 7th most notably.
Yet to take to the track in 2014, the talented son of Byron was unlucky to finish fourth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin on December 8th most recently, however trainer Tom Hogan is confident of a result first-up, particularly after drawing the ideal barrier 5.
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2014 George Ryder Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x11111x541||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||9||59kg||117|
|2||342311274x||GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE)||Tom Hogan||Craig Williams||5||59kg||114|
|3||x1112x21x0||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||–||14||59kg||112|
|4||21x47835x4||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||2||59kg||111|
|5||4x51316x85||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||4||59kg||109|
|6||x14423x627||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Damien Oliver||6||59kg||108|
|7||0x00x80x31||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||15||59kg||104|
|8||x225x13x71||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||10||59kg||104|
|9||15x1112x11||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||12||59kg||104|
|10||05x52101x3||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||7||59kg||100|
|11||6513211x0x||TRES BLUE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||8||58.5kg||104|
|12||011x211x13||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||–||13||57kg||115|
|13||432x212x56||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Kerrin McEvoy||3||57kg||113|
|14||1125×122||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||11||56kg||104|
|15||111861×243||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||Jim Cassidy||1||56kg||100|