Winx Leads 2016 George Ryder Stakes Nominations

March 14th, 2016

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has four nominations for the George Ryder Stakes 2016 led by star mare Winx ahead of his shot at a fourth win in the Golden Slipper Stakes Day classic on Saturday.


Star mare Winx is out to hand trainer Chris Waller with a fourth win in Saturday’s 2016 George Ryder Stakes on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of five elite level races at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend, this year’s $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) attracted 11 early entries on Monday with nominations extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday.

Leading the current George Ryder Stakes nominations is Street Cry four-year-old Winx who comes of her fourth Group 1 victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on February 27.

Her last Rosehill run produced a first-up win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) back in September last year, since when she’s won three Group 1 features.

Winx has the class and gun lead-up, plus she is prepared by three-time George Ryder Stakes winning horseman Waller who has previously taken out the weight-for-age feature with Danleigh (2010), Rangirangdoo (2011) and Metal Bender (2012).

Heading towards a run in the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 2, Winx is out to become the first filly or mare to win the George Ryder Stakes since Heat Of The Moment way back in 1986.

Waller’s other entries are three-year-old Counterattack, his Doncaster Mile winner last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival coming off a good first-up third in the Canterbury Stakes Kermadec and his dual Group 1 winning colt Press Statement.

A three-year-old son of Hinchinbrook out to become the first of his age since Pierro (2013) to win the George Ryder Stakes, Press Statement suffered a shock loss second-up in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

He was the odds-on favourite but beaten home by the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain who is also in the George Ryder Stakes mix on the weekend with the last Randwick Guineas – George Ryder double winner being Weekend Hussler (2008).

Also out to break the mares’ hoodoo along with Winx are Tinto for Rex Lip and First Seal for John Thompson, both also Group 1 winners out to beat the boys.

The other headline nominee though is the Murray Baker-trained Turn Me Loose, a gun four-year-old from New Zealand who is a dual Group 1 winner down under including a last start Futurity Stakes success over 1400m at Caulfield.

Check out the current George Ryder Stakes 2016 nominations below, the final field of acceptances and barrier draw out on Wednesday.

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2016 George Ryder Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – Saturday, March 19, 2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 565x890x01 BULL POINT H 5 David Vandyke 99
2 447x1513x3 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller 92
3 2x21226x12 FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 109
4 11x5x111x4 HAPPY CLAPPER G 5 Patrick Webster 101
5 x111x0x438 HUCKLEBUCK G 5 Phillip Stokes 109
6 31x52140x3 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 113
7 312×1221 LE ROMAIN C 3 Kris Lees 104
8 11x2511x12 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 108
9 167×702117 TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp 104
10 1x62111x41 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 114
11 211x111x11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 118