George Ryder Stakes Tips – Shark to circle them with ease
Looking for George Ryder Stakes Tips on Saturday, March 21? Our form analyst previews the Rosehill Gardens Group 1 and gives his top selection for the race.
GEORGE RYDER STAKES PREVIEW
While there is no such thing as an easy Group 1 victory, Te Akau Shark should simply be too good in Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Last start in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Te Akau Shark reeled off some sizzling sectionals to claim victory as he ran his final 600m, 400m and 200m in 32.64, 21.64 and 11.16.
To put that into perspective, Winx won this race four times in a row using the Chipping Norton as a lead-up, and she never went that quick with her best sectionals being 21.96 and 11.36.
Te Akua Shark ran an overall time of 1:33.87, and Winx’s best was a much quicker 1:33.27, so I’m not suggesting he would have beaten the great mare, but it’s a good reference point to just how powerful his turn of foot is.
Compared to Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes rivals, only Alizee has come within three lengths of his final 600m in recent times, but that was over 1200m so hardly rates as a legitimate comparison.
The drop back in distance is the only slight concern, as it was for Winx each year she did it, and while Te Akau Shark is no Winx, the smallish field of nine works in his favour while Dreamforce and Happy Clapper should ensure a genuine tempo.
Super Seth showed good early speed last time and could also inject a bit more pace into the race as he tries to angle across from barrier 9.
The Bostonian ran out of his skin first-up and generally improves second-up, so he along with Happy Clapper rate as the biggest dangers.
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