The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes is a weight-for-age race of 1500 metres run at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney by horses aged three years and above as a major feature of the autumn racing season in New South Wales during the month of March.
Prize money for the race as of 2023 is $1 million.
George Ryder Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 2000m
Prize Money: $1,000,000
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When Is The George Ryder Stakes: 23/3/24
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Where Is The George Ryder Stakes: Rosehill Racecourse
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Anamoe was the winner of the race in 2023.
Anamoe has been a big winner for Godolphin trainer James Cummings, with over $12.1 million in earnings from 25 jumps for 14 wins and 8 placings.
His status is given as retired. He last raced at Randwick in early April of 2023, where he ran third in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. He entered the race coming off three consecutive wins in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.
Anamoe won the Cox Plate in 2022 and about the only criticism we could gin up over this horse was that he was only second in the 2021 Golden Slipper Stakes. He won nine Group 1 races and was second in others.
He has already produced an offspring, a 2022 colt named Anamoe, out of Annaza, so he did not even wait to finish racing before hitting the breeding stalls.
Anamoe was paid $587,000 for winning the George Ryder Stakes.
He was expertly ridden by James McDonald, who had Anamoe sitting wide until the home straight, after which the talented galloper simply ran the rest of the field into the dirt for a win that was much easier than the half-length margin suggests.
The winner of the George Ryder Stakes receives a ballot exemption for the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.
The current schedule of racing at Rosehill, as of 2023, finds the meeting at which the George Ryder Stakes jumps offering four other Group 1 races on the same day. The others are the Golden Slipper Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas. Anyone who wants to see the elite gallopers should make a point of attending this meeting, because there are not many occasions where the best quality types are congregated together on the same day.
History of the George Ryder Stakes
The race traces its inception to 1903.
It was first known as the Railway Stakes, possibly due to the fact that a railway line was built from the nearest stop on the line to take spectators directly to the course.
Railway Stakes was the name used until 1915. From that year until 1946, the race was the Railway Handicap. It became the Railway Quality Handicap in 1946. The race first became known as the George Ryder Stakes in 1974.
George Edward Ryder 1905 - 1989) was an Australian businessman with an apparent love of sports. He was at one time the president of the Cessnock Tennis and Rugby League clubs, although neither he nor anyone else has successfully crossbred tennis and rugby, unless lacrosse is considered.
He became involved in horseracing in 1937. He bought a horse that he named Jan after his daughter. He late had another horse named Jan that was prepped by T.J. Smith.
Ryder would later become involved with the Sydney Turf Club, where he served in various capacities from 1943 through 1980.
He is credited for being a major impetus for the creation of the Golden Slipper Stakes.
The trip for the race has varied over the years, but it has always been between 1300 and 1500 metres, give or take, since the furlong was used in the times before the metric system.
It was always a Principal race until the Group grading system came into use in the late 1970s, whereupon it was immediately given Group 1 status.
Venue for the George Ryder Stakes
The race has always been held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.
Rosehill commenced racing in 1885 and is located hard by the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.
Yearly, it offers nine Group 1, 13 Group 2 and 14 Group 3 races, although that may change, as races are sometimes on the receiving end of a change in grade.
The marquee races at the track are the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, which started in 1957 and the Golden Eagle, a special conditions races with $10 million in prize money.
The track has typical metro racecourse dimensions.
Fifteen hundred metre races at Rosehill find the horses jumping from barriers that lead almost immediately into a turn. That turn leads into the long back straight, after which the runners negotiate the tight turn at the east side of the track before hitting the home straight to the finish line in front of the grandstands at the end of the straight.
Racing History of the George Ryder Stakes
Some races attract the better types, regardless of where and when they are run.
The George Ryder Stakes is one of those races.
Some evidence for the popularity of the race lies in the number of time it was run in divisions in order to accommodate all that wanted to participate.
That was the case in 1922, 1927, 1930 and 1935.
Conversely, there were three years when the race was abandoned; those abandonments came in 1913 and 1942.
As for significant winners, there have been many. Some winners were just great horses, some winners won the race more than once, but none has won the race more than twice, with the exception of Winx that won four straight from 2016 through 2019, her fourth win coming in her next-to-last jump.
Yet, despite the strength of the runners and the strength of the gallopers fielded in the race, or possibly for those very same reasons, there was not a multiple winner of the race until Prince Regoli won two consecutive in 1962 and 1963.
Those two wins seemed to open the floodgates because in 1964, Time And Tide won, and then skipped two years until winning again in 1967.
He beat the great mare Ripa that set time records in winning the Sandown Guineas, the Toorak Handicap and the VRC Newmarket Handicap.
Immediately following was the two-time winner for 1968 and 1969, Foresight.
Ten years following the two wins by Foresight, Manikato won twice in 1979 and 1980, followed shortly thereafter by two wins by Emancipation in 1983 and 1984.
It required only until 1987 for dual winner Campaign King to win that year, and then again in 1988.
Two wins were notched by Lonhro in 2003 and 2004.
Next came the four wins by Winx and you have the names of all the gallopers that have won the George Ryder Stakes on more than one occasion.
As impressive as a list of multiple winners that concludes with Winx might be, the list of other true notables to have won the race is quite long.
Many of these are winners that we have chronicled on other occasions.
That list begins with Microscope from 1909, with Beauford in 1921, followed by Comedy Prince (1949), Baugette (1971), Schillaci (1993), Haradasun (2007), Weekend Hussler (2008), and Pierro (2013).
We have written fairly extensively about all of the multiple winners and the notables we mentioned above, so for our purposes, we will look at a few of the less famous winners.
The first winner is always an important point in the history of a race and in the case of the George Ryder Stakes that initial winner was 1903’s Marvel Loch.
Marvel Loch was a mare foaled in 1900 by a New Zealand sire out of an Australian mare. We were able to learn that she won the 1906 AJC Autumn Stakes at 2400 metres, so she was versatile, a trait that was perhaps more common in those years than it is now. Her better 2400-metre win was the 1905 Caulfield Cup. She had other wins in races that are now graded Group 1, including two Rawson Stakes, Melbourne Stakes and The Metropolitan.
We could find just two named foals out of Marvel Loch, one by Linacre and the other by the notable Positano.
We next look at the 1921 winner, Beauford.
In the early 20s, Beauford was winning races such as the AJC Spring Stakes, All Aged Stakes, Epson Handicap and Hill Stakes.
Beauford was a gelded racer, something we do not see as often with horses of the early 20th century, but perhaps he was, as the stewards sometimes say, “Fractious in the barrier.”
He beat Gloaming in the Spring Stakes and the Chelmsford Stakes and Violoncello in the Hill Stakes. He left a racing form line of 37 jumps for 17 wins and 8 placings.
Cigarette, the 1940 winner, was the daughter of Heroic.
She had a spotty career as a breeder, supplying just three foals. The first dropped in 1946, but then there was nothing until the other two came along in 1949 and 1950.
The 1948 winner, Heroic Sovereign, had a link to Heroic on the side of his dam, Heroic Belle, with Heroic and the grand dam sire. His win in the race came over the good galloper Victory Lad.
The 1949 winner was Comedy Prince.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because his dam, Witty Maid, had lines connecting her to the legendary Comedy King.
Comedy Prince did not leave an extensive progeny record, but his 1958 filly Comedy Princess had Ajax for her grandsire.
Other major wins by Comedy Prince includes the Newmarket Handicap, Cantala Stakes, William Reid Stakes and others.
The next winner that we feel needs a little more scrutiny was the 1962 and 1963 dual winner Prince Regoli.
He raced against Wenona Girl, although we are fairly certain that he did not beat her in anything that mattered. He was mildly successful at stud, with four colts and 15 fillies for offspring, although none was impactful.
Our next subject is the dual winner from 1964 and 1967, Time And Tide.
We have been waiting for the entire length of this article to report that Time And Tide was the gelded son of Star Kingdom. Time And Tide made 45 starts for 20 wins and 10 placings – good by any standard, in any era.
The winner in 1968 and 1969 was Foresight.
He was a gelding by the notable French sire Wilkes that is often seen in the pedigrees of better Aussie racers. His bigger wins were the Rawson Stakes and the All Aged Stakes.
The next one for us will be the dual winner from 1987 and 1988, Campaign King.
Campaign King had Group 1 wins beyond the George Ryder Stakes, winning the Futurity Stakes, William Reid Stakes, All Aged Stakes, Doomben 10,000 and George Main Stakes.
He made 55 jumps for 25 wins and 5 placings and was trained by Bart Cummings later in his career. That goo racing earned Campaign King over $1.8 million. In 1988, he won the Elders Handicap, now better known as the Stradbroke Handicap, but beating Rancho Ruler and Planet Ruler. It took the quality of Vo Rogue to keep Campaign King from winning the 1988 Futurity Stakes.
The 2000 winner was Al Mansour.
He was a gelding by the good U.S. sire At Talaq.
Al Mansour made 40 jumps for 11 wins and 11 placings, earning over $1.5 million in the process. His most impressive win in our view was the 1997 Emirates Classic. Although it is a Group 2 race, he beat Toledo and the legendary Mahogany in that jump.
The winners of the race following Winx’s four wins were Dreamforce (2020). Think It Over (2021) and Forbidden Love (2022).
Forbidden Love, currently five, was by All Too Hard from a U.S. dam named Juliet’s Princess. She is listed as retired after 29 jumps for eight wins and six placings, earning over $2.2 million.
The George Ryder Stakes was her last win, where she had little trouble beating Collette by over a length.
The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes in some ways represents the best of Australian Thoroughbred racing.
It has the prize money and the heritage to field consistently strong fields with great horse racing tips.
Often won by older horses, the race trip now, 1500 metres, is a test for the true sprinters that are potentially aimed at mile races. A few have gone on to become stayers, but for many of the winners, 1500 metres was their longest win.
George Ryder Stakes Past Winners
|2021||Think It Over|
|2014||Gordon Lord Byron|
|2009||Vision And Power|
|2006||Racing To Win|
|2005||Court's In Session|
|1986||Heat Of The Moment|
|1982||Pure Of Heart|
|1967||Time And Tide|
|1964||Time And Tide|
|1960||Man Of Iron|
|1932||Myles La Coplen|