George Ryder Stakes Tips & Preview
GEORGE RYDER STAKES TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for George Ryder Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill.
Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.
The George Ryder Stakes is one of five Group 1 races at Rosehill on Saturday and features plenty of big names including Avilius ($4.20), Funstar ($5.50), Kolding ($6.50).
That trio are the major fancies in the market, while a wet track might also bring the likes of Star Of The Seas, Dalasan and Junipal into the equation.
Funstar, Kolding and Avilius come out of the recent Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), which was run on a Soft track at Randwick on February 27.
Verry Elleegant and Colette provided the exacta that day and Avilius was 3rd, within half a length of the winner, while Funstar was 4th. Kolding led them up and landed in 5th position in the blanket finish, beaten just under a length.
Avilius settled back and produced the fastest 400m-200m split and the second fastest last 200m en route to going 10 lengths faster than standard. He stays to the shorter trips this time and has held his figures in previous second up runs.
Kolding was third up that day and between his third and fourth runs at his last campaign he improved seven lengths on benchmark figures to go 10 lengths faster that standard when claiming the Hill Stakes (2000m) by two lengths on a Good track from Avilius.
Funstar raced handy and improved a couple of lengths at the same stage of her last preparation to also go 10 lengths faster than standard when finishing runner-up in the Epsom Handicap (1600m).
Of that group, both Funstar and Avilius have excellent wet track form. Avilius is unbeaten in two runs on the Heavy with those coming over longer trips back in 2019 in Group 1 company.
He was a bit dour last year but his last start effort might indicate that he is somewhere back near his best, while it is interesting that the stable have opted not to head to the Ranvet Stakes.
Cascadian is an interesting runner and boasts the best benchmark figures that any runner has produced in the past two years when runner-up in the Kennedy Cantala (1600m) last year, going 16.3 lengths faster than standard.
He went 4.5 lengths faster than standard when resuming at Newcastle on March 21 and improved four lengths between his first and second runs last time, while he does have some handy form on wet tracks. He will need a fast tempo and might get that with Dreamforce and Samadoubt a couple that are likely to settle forward
Those two are question marks on the ground. Samadoubt pinched the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in 2019 and was nailed on the line by Verry Elleegant in the Hill Stakes (2000m) following that but might lack the fitness after resuming recently after more than a year off the scene.
Star Of The Seas is one that comes into the field with the extra gap between runs after this programme was pushed back a week due to the recent flood event in NSW. He seemed to have every chance in the All-Star Mile when 6th but did go 10.5 lengths faster than standard in that race, which should measure up here.
George Ryder Stakes Tips & Verdict
Avilius just gets the nod for mine. He pushed Verry Elleegant last time and I like the fact that they have kept him to shorter trips, while he does have the proven wet-track form over the years.