Top 5 George Ryder Stakes Winners

George Ryder Stakes winners

 

The George Ryder Stakes (1500m) is an autumn Group 1 race at Rosehill and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 George Ryder Stakes winners since 2000.

In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.

Top 5 George Ryder Stakes winners.

1. WINX (2016,2017,2018,2019)

The George Ryder Stakes was one of three races that Winx took out on four occasions during her dominant period from 2015-2019 when she won 33 on the trot. The other two were the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and the Cox Plate (2040m). Among those that were left in her wake in her George Ryder wins were Kermadec, Press Statement, Le Romain, Chautauqua, Happy Clapper, Kemetari, Brutal and Dreamforce. Those eight were all Group 1 winners at some stage. She retired with 37 wins from 43 starts and is one of the best horses of all time.

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2. LONHRO (2003,2004)

Lonhro dazzled crowds in the early 2000s and defeated Dash For Cash and Defier in this race in 2003 before knocking over Grand Armee and Private Steer in 2004. His win in 2004 was just one start after his memorable win in the Australian Cup (2000m) but it turned out to be his last ever victory with Grand Armee turning the tables a fortnight later in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). All up, Lonhro raced 35 times for 26 wins and picked up 11 Group 1’s.

3. WEEKEND HUSSLER (2008)

Weekend Hussler’s win in the George Ryder Stakes came at the end of an unbelievable three-year-old season that saw him record nine wins with six of those coming at Group 1 level. He burst through the grades in the spring of 2007 in Melbourne and took out the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) before making it a clean-sweep of four Group 1 races in the autumn. At four, he won the Memsie Stakes (1400m) and the Underwood Stakes (1800m) before injury cut him down.

4. PIERRO (2013)

Like Weekend Hussler, Pierro was unbelievable as a younger horse and his win in the George Ryder Stakes in 2013 turned out to be his last before a stud career beckoned. He was unbeaten as a two-year-old, winning six races in a streak that included the Triple Crown. He suffered defeat for the first time as a three-year-old after going for home very early in the 2012 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and was placed in the Cox Plate (2040m) that year before winning the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and this race in the autumn. His final start was in the Doncaster Mile (1600m) and he was asked to carry 57kg but missed out on a Heavy track behind Sacred Falls.

5. RACING TO WIN (2006)

A quality galloper from the John O’Shea stable, Racing To Win had a career that was interrupted somewhat by the equine influenza outbreak in 2007, when at the peak of his power. In 2006 he starred by winning the George Ryder Stakes and the Doncaster as a three-year-old. He knocked over Paratroopers and Lad Of The Manor in this race before taking out the famous Randwick mile race. Later that year he won the George Main Stakes (1600m) and the Epsom (1600m), continuing his love affair for Randwick. The grey galloper ended his career with 13 wins from 30 starts. Five of those wins came at the highest level. His final Group 1 victory came in the 2008 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

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