In what is arguably the most talented-filled field confirmed for Rosehill Gardens this weekend, 14 runners will contest the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Talented three-year-old Shooting To Win ($4.80) is yet to post a race win in two 2015 starts, but has opened as and maintained status as favourite in 2015 George Ryder Stakes betting markets ahead of Cosmic Endeavour ($5) and Kermadec ($6) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Shooting To Win post his most impressive win to date in the 2015 George Ryder Stakes, or will one of his classy rivals hit the line in the clear?
Cosmic Endeavour ($5)
Posting a commendable race record of seven wins and three minor place finishes over her 16 starts to date, Cosmic Endeavour has returned to racing in typically slick form this year and is weighted well to win the 2015 George Ryder Stakes. Taking out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) most notably in 2014, the Northern Meteor mare returned for fourth in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) on February 14th first-up this time; progressing to second in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) and an impressive win in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) last time out on March 7th. Confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tommy Berry and allocated the ideal barrier 4, Cosmic Endeavour is more than worth consideration for a George Ryder Stakes bet.
Hooked posted several impressive results over the 2014 calendar; returning this time for a credible fourth in the Canterbury Stakes and appears to be primed for a maiden Group 1 title in the George Ryder Stakes. Running fifth in each of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before kicking for a credible third in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably in autumn, the Casino Prince entire undoubtedly found career-best form to date over a spring campaign highlighted by win in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) and third place finish in the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). Allocated the rails draw, Hooked is sure to be boosted by the confirmation leading jockey Hugh Bowman will take the ride on Saturday.
Talented French import Weary was unlucky to be blocked for a run and faded late in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out, but will likely relish a step-back to 1500m in Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes and therefore offers exceptional value for money at current odds. immediately stamped his claims as one to watch upon debuting in Australia last autumn, the Astronomer Royal gelding won the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before placing in the minors in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), Weary was unable to make an impact over three spring starts, but returned for success in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) this time.
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