George Ryder Stakes 2021

Saturday March 27, 2021

Note: The 2021 George Ryder Stakes was postponed until Saturday March 27th, 2021 due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions at Rosehill Gardens. 

Ladbrokes Tip: Winx dominated the George Ryder Stakes results with an historic four-peat from 2016-19

The George Ryder Stakes is one of a bumper five Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival races taking place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in March on Golden Slipper Stakes Day.

Racing at the meeting is top-level and highlighted by the two-year-olds facing off in the Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m). Contested over 1500m by the season’s best sprinter – milers, the George Ryder Stakes is one of the key support races on the card and is a weight-for-age contest for horses aged three-years-old and above.

The winner of the Canterbury Stakes run at Randwick a fortnight before is exempt from ballot in the George Ryder Stakes and many runners back up in the  Group 1 $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) during Sydney’s The Championships in April.

The last horse to complete the George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile double was Winx (2016). Winx also returned in 2017 to go back-to-back in the George Ryder Stakes results posting her sixteenth win on the trot.

In 2018 Winx secured her 24th straight victory, world record 17th Group 1 flat race victory and an historical third George Ryder Stakes win. She didn’t stop there, the superstar making history with four consecutive George Ryder Stakes victories in 2019, her penultimate career start.

The latest running of the George Ryder Stakes took place on Saturday March 27, 2021 as part of the rescheduled Golden Slipper Stakes meeting in Sydney and was won in an upset by Think It Over at 25/1. 

George Ryder Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 27, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1903

2021 George Ryder Stakes Results

The official George Ryder Stakes results 2021 and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 27, 2021 and published below.

  • 1st: #7 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #3 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #2 Avilius

There was a notable upset in the George Ryder Stakes 2021 results with the progressive Think It Over ($26) defeating last year’s champion Dreamforce, with the beaten favourite Avilius running third. 

George Ryder Stakes Odds & Betting

The George Ryder Stakes betting markets are usually led by those horses coming off top three or four runs in Group 1 company in Sydney over 1400m – 1600m. From 2006 – 2021 six George Ryder Stakes favourites saluted for the punters with the latest being champion mare Winx for her four consecutive victories (2016-19).

Sydney’s premier trainer over the past decade Chris Waller has dominated the George Ryder Stakes with three straight winners from 2010 – 2012 before the four straight wins  with Winx (2016-19); his gallopers always feature highly in the George Ryder Stakes odds.

In 2020, Dreamforce (Chipping Norton Stakes eighth) became the first George Ryder Stakes winner since Referral (1999) to come off a lead-up run worse than fourth, so those dominating the markets are the in-form, proven weight-for-age types with form over the distance.

Dreamforce returned to run an eye-catching second in the 2021 George Ryder Stakes results behind the upset winner Think It Over. 

2021 George Ryder Stakes Betting

George Ryder Stakes 2021 betting odds on the Slipper Day Group 1 weight-for-age feature will be provided below once released so stay tuned to see what price your George Ryder Stakes tips are at this season.

George Ryder Stakes 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 George Ryder Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

George Ryder Stakes Field

The George Ryder Stakes field attracted a dozen or more final acceptances every year from 2009 – 2015. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions the mighty mare Winx scared off a number of horses leading to below capacity editions of the event.

There was also a small George Ryder Stakes field of nine in 2020 for the start of the post-Winx era, while in 2021 Think It Over beat home 12 rivals. 

George Ryder Stakes odds were very short on the 2016 winner Winx

Superstar mare Winx saluted for the George Ryder Stakes punters for her 2016 win. Photo: Steve Hart.

Horses come into the George Ryder Stakes field via many different lead-up races with the 2014 and 2015 winners Gordon Lord Byron and Real Impact coming off international runs.

The traditional lead-up however is the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) run over 200m shorter at Randwick two weeks before.

The Canterbury Stakes produced two winners from 2011 – 2021 with the Chris Waller-trained duo Rangirangdoo (4th in 2011) and Metal Bender (3rd in 2012). In 2020 the Canterbury Stakes winner The Bostonian ran second next-up in the George Ryder Stakes results.

From 2016-19, Winx completed the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) – George Ryder Stakes double four times on the trot. In 2020 the star Kiwi Te Akau Shark jumped odds-on favourite in the George Ryder after winning the Chipping Norton Stakes, but only managed to run third.

George Ryder Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race before the final field and barrier draw is announced on the Wednesday.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Field

The official George Ryder Stakes 2021 final field and barriers will be announced below on the Wednesday leading-up to the race.

Updated 2021 George Ryder Stakes final acceptances for the rescheduled event are open until Wednesday the 24th of March, 2021 at 9:00am (AEDT). 

The updated George Ryder Stakes 2021 field features 13 hopefuls led in betting by Godolphin’s veteran wet-tracker Avilius

George Ryder Stakes Nominations

The early George Ryder Stakes 2021 nominations close the Monday leading up to Golden Slipper Stakes Day and will be detailed in full below.

Updated 2021 George Ryder Stakes nominations for the rescheduled race close on Monday the 22nd of March, 2021. 

The updated George Ryder Stakes 2021 entries feature 26 potential runners led in all-in betting by Godolphin’s proven Heavy track performer Avilius

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 5x523151x2 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 116
2 3x462605x3 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 111
3 x300922142 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 105
4 9x440825x3 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 105
5 x131283x27 CRIADERAS G 4 James Cummings 95
6 2x235407x0 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 105
7 1117x332x7 DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
8 2810x017x5 DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 111
9 42x6220x44 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
10 34x3240x41 GEM SONG G 5 Kris Lees 107
11 242512×335 ICEBATH (NZ) M 4 Brad Widdup 104
12 0x34303x20 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
13 37x311918x JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
14 x02110x225 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 114
15 00x51068x8 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 108
16 133x0x6022 MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings 109
17 1x117x32 MO’UNGA (NZ) C 3 Annabel Neasham 100
18 6x11124x51 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 114
19 68x0720x89 PRINCE FAWAZ H 4 Anthony Cummings 99
20 803x2117x5 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson 101
21 x3x51730x3 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
22 15x11624x8 SAMADOUBT G 7 Bjorn Baker 111
23 x22095x416 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 108
24 2325103×12 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 107
25 3112x0x643 TRAVELLING LIGHT (NZ) M 4 Ben Foote 100
26 x15522x220 TRICKY GAL M 5 Matthew Smith 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

George Ryder Stakes Tips

Gallopers with proven Group 1 form around the distance are the top George Ryder Stakes tips. The favourites – up until the dominance of Winx (2016-19) – had a poor record in recent years and favourite proved a George Ryder Stakes betting tip.

Look for value in the markets by backing a runner who ran in the top three in Group 1 company last time out and that is proven in weight-for-age company.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider George Ryder Stakes 2021 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the autumn gallopers to back and sack in the weight-for-age feature this season.

  • To Win: #2 Avilius ($4.20 at time of publish)

Hard to bet against the Godolphin-raced favourite Avilius second-up here, the veteran seven-year-old looking to break a notable winning drought going back to the 2019 George Main Stakes. It may have been a long time between drinks for this star Pivotal gelding, but he looks well-rated to get back on top here. This day last year he ran third in the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m before another third to Verry Elleegant in the Tancred (2400m). The 1500m on a wet track could actually be good for him here then on the back of his eye-catching third in the Chipping Norton only a quarter-length beaten by Verry Elleegant again over the mile. 

George Ryder Stakes Form Guide

Displaying all the information punters need, the George Ryder Stakes form guide is the best place to look before placing a bet on the weight-for-age clash.

Recent George Ryder Stakes form – until Winx saluted for the punters in 2016-19 – reveals the poor record of favourites and the notable fact that many of the race’s winners dropped back in distance from their lead-up run.

Looking for horses that ran top four last start is a key George Ryder Stakes form indicator.

Fillies and mares also had a poor record against the colts, geldings and stallions in the George Ryder Stakes with no female galloper having won since Heat Of The Moment won in her three-year-old season back in 1986 until Winx (2016-19) broke the drought 30 years later.

Another thing to keep an eye on in the George Ryder Stakes form guide is the barriers with just one winner in the past 15 years having jumped from a double digit gate when Real Impact won from 12 of 14 in 2015.

George Ryder Stakes Form Facts

  • Winx (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) was the first George Ryder Stakes winning mare since 1986
  • Last start winners have dominated recent George Ryder Stakes results with six from 2013 – 2021 having won their lead-up race
  • The Chipping Norton Stakes – George Ryder Stakes betting double was last achieved by Winx (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
  • The Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double was last won by Pierro (2013)

2021 George Ryder Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive George Ryder Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

George Ryder Stakes Results

Upset George Ryder Stakes results are not uncommon with plenty of winners jumping at odds of $10 or over across the past two decades.

The longest priced George Ryder Stakes winners in recent history include Gordon Lord Byron who started at 20/1 in 2014 and Think It Over at 25/1 in 2021. 

Notable recent George Ryder Stakes winners include four-time champion Winx (2016-19), Pierro (2013), Danleigh (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008) and Haradasun (2007).

George Ryder Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Think It Over Dreamforce Avilius 1:30.7
2020 Dreamforce The Bostonian Te Akau Shark 1:30.1
2019 Winx Brutan Dreamforce 1:32.2
2018 Winx Happy Clapper Kementari 1:31.4
2017 Winx Le Romain Chautauqua 1:34.8
2016 Winx Kermadec Press Statement 1:28.7
2015 Real Impact Criterion Kermadec 1:28.2
2014 Gordon Lord Byron Speediness El Roca 1:30.9
2013 Pierro King Mufhasa Shoot Out 1:31.0
2012 Metal Bender Rekindled Interest Secret Admirer 1:28.8
2011 Rangirangdoo Love Conquers All Triple Elegance 1:29.4
2010 Danleigh Dao Dao King Mufhasa 1:30.2
2009 Vision And Power Black Piranha King Mustafa 1.31:5
2008 Weekend Hussler Racing To Win Casino Prince 1:31.7
2007 Haradasun Mentality Apache Cat 1:29.2
2006 Racing To Win Paratroopers Lad Of The Manor 1:27.8
2005 Court’s In Session Patezza Sky Cuddle 1:28.5
2004 Lonhro Grand Armee Private Steer 1:27.2
2003 Lonhro Dash For Cash Defier 1:30.7
2002 Lord Essex Shogun Lodge Crawl 1:29.5
2001 Landsighting Shogun Lodge Crawl 1:27.6
2000 Al Mansour Bonanova Hire 1:30.5