Japanese raider Real Impact has stamped his claims as a serious threat leading into The Championships at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon; leading from start to finish to take out the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) from a fast-finish Criterion.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey James McDonald immediately lead the Deep Impact entire to the fore of the field and set a reasonable pace alongside the likes of Cosmic Endeavour, It’s Somewhat and Hooked.
Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, Real Impact locked in a fierce sprint battle with Criterion on the rails; arguably winning with a favourable bob of the head; three-year-old Kermadec boxing on for third following a horror start.
McDonald secured a second Group 1 victory for the day after partnering Contributer to success in the Ranvet Stakes only hours earlier, and was thrilled to have repaid the horse’s trainers and connections for laying their faith in him.
“An awesome horse,” McDonald said
“He began really well and they said he can be a bit ‘iffy’ but he got into a lovely rhythm.
“I set him alight about 600 from home and he stayed on, the big fella!
“He (Criterion) fought really hard but my horse found another gear once that horse got to him.
“I don’t think he’s going to win a big race by a big margin, so I’m glad my head was down when the winning post came up.”
In taking out the 2015 George Ryder Stakes, Real Impact posted a fifth race win in a 26 start career which has also included six minor place finishes.
The 2015 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships remains the major target for Real Impact this season.
Punters who backed Real Impact to win the 2015 George Ryder Stakes with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $13 odds!