George Ryder stakes best bets
Of course we’re talking about Anamoe as the Godolphin stable star looks to add another Group One title to his already bulging trophy cabinet.
The George Ryder Stakes is one of 5 Group One races to take place this Saturday with the 1500m contest surrounded by The Ranvet Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, Golden Slipper and the Galaxy in an action packed day of racing in Sydney's Western Suburbs.
Being first run way back in 1903 the George Ryder Stakes began life as the Railway Stakes before being renamed after George E. Ryder in 1974 due to his contribution to the Rosehill area and horse racing industry.
Entrants in the Group One George Ryder Stakes compete for the chance to win $1m in Prize Money with the race run under weight for age conditions over 1500m. The race has important ramifications for later in the Autumn with the winning gaining exemption from the Doncaster Mile ballot.
As mentioned above, Winx was the big name winner of the race in recent years winning the Group One contest 4 times consecutively between 2016 and 2019. The George Ryder has also been won by the likes of Schillaci, Lonhro and Weekend Hustler who have all had illustrious careers whilst claiming this Group One title.
So the question is can the current crop of entries live up to the previous winners reputations. Many would argue that two definitely have the potential to do so.
2023 George Ryder Stakes Race Overview
It looks as though only a small field will contest the 2023 George Ryder Stakes with Godolphin powerhouse Anamoe seemingly putting off any willing rivals.
On a day where trainers have the option of tackling a Group One over 2000m in the Ranvet Stakes or a sprint in the Galaxy trainers seem to be looking at options rather than taking on the eight time Group One winner in what looks to be his last campaign before a potential trip abroad.
Anamoe leads the market as a $1.60 favourite which is to be expected considering he has only failed to cross the line first in one of his last seven meetings for trainer James Cummings.
Behind Anamoe in betting is Fangirl for the Chris Waller stable who finished second behind the Group One winner last time out in the Chipping Norton. Fangirl currently sits as one of the few runners in the race with Osipenko and Artorius the only other runners in single figures.
Of the best of the rest other noticeable nominations include last years Galaxy winner Shelby Sixty Six, stablemate to Anamoe Golden Mile and Electric Girl who won the Millie Fox Stakes at Group 2 level before running third behind Artorius.
With only a small field set to contest the race it’s likely to be a very tactical battle with trainers working how best to deal with the short price favourite.
2023 George Ryder Stakes Top Selections and Tips
Usually with our tipping we would take a look at the best outside chance, a main danger and then our top pick however in the George Ryder we’re just going to look at our two main chances to win the race.
Sure last year we did see some epic upsets in terms of Shelby Sixtysix winning the Galaxy, Think It Over toppling the best Australia had to offer over 2000m in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes however it’s hard to see the outsiders of the field having any input here.
Electric Girl and Fangirl will most likely scrap for the minors and could be good plays for Exotic bets however our focus narrows down to 8 time Group One winner Anamoe and maiden Group One winner Artorius.
2023 George Ryder Stakes Top Selection No.1 - Anamoe
Trainer - James Cummings
Price - $1.60
Well there’s a reason this fella is top of the pile isn’t there. Winner of no less than eight Group One titles including 5 this season alone has set this Godolphin four year old head and shoulders above his rivals.
He returned to racing action in February winning the Group Two Apollo Stakes over 1400m with an almost arrogant run. Even though Waller stablemates Hinged and Fangirl finished less than a length away neither looked close to beating him.
Anamoe followed that up with an impressive win once again in the Group One Chipping Norton. It was another confident display as he quickened under hands and heels before a persuader saw him jet away from any chasing runners that dare challenge him.
He looks and unstoppable force at this stage and it will be hard to see anyone rival him apart from the glimmer of hope that is returning four year old Artorius.
2023 George Ryder Stakes Top Selection No.2 - Artorius
Trainer - Anthony & Sam Freedman
Price - $9.00
On paper you look at the field and you think Anamoe just chalks up another Black Type victory however the way Artorius won the Canterbury Stakes was impressive and brings him into the conversation on this occasion.
Don’t get me wrong the record Anamoe has built is much more impressive however Artorius has accomplished far more through trips to the UK and France during last winter to compete against the worlds best.
He’s relatively lightly raced for his age and hadn’t raced in Australia for nearly 12 months when claiming victory in the Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Royal Randwick last week. However it didn’t seem to give him any issue as Hong Kong based jockey Zac Purton weaved through the field to take out a maiden Group One title with time to spare.
The question is, was that a flash in the pan or does this boy have real talent. The stable seems to think he’s the real deal. An extended trip around Europe and then straight into a Group One on resuming reinforces that, but is he any match for Anamoe.
2023 George Ryder Stakes Conclusion and Best Bet
When we last talked about Artorius he was the great unknown. We knew he’d won the Blue Diamond Stakes on Australian soil but it was a question of how good he really was. He looks to have made a name for himself after that Canterbury Stakes win with plenty in the tank to tackle this extra distance.
Anamoe’s sectionals do look impressive when he won the Apollo however Artorius was held up in traffic and still managed to post only a slightly slower time where Anamoe had the run of the race that day.
Don’t get me wrong you’d be crazy to bet against Anamoe but at $1.60 we’re not willing to take the price and prefer the each way value of Artorius.
Back Artorius each way