Tomorrows George Ryder Stakes is the most open race at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day and it looks to be a fantastic race with a mix of proven WFA horses and up and coming stars. View my full runner by runner George Ryder preview.
1. Theseo – Five time Group 1 winner who is a proven WFA horse, first up run in the Chipping Norton Stakes was okay but was well beaten by Danleigh and Centennial Park who both line up in the field. Has drawn barrier twelve and will be looking to cross the field which will require some energy thus i doubt he will have much in the tank come the final 200m. Very classy warhorse that has to be respected and always performs better second up. One for the multiples.
2. Rangirangdoo – Last years Doncaster winner who missed the spring, started his campaign last start in the Canterbury Stakes and ran a very solid race behind More Joyous in heavy conditions. Steps up to 1500m where he is much better suited and has a very good record at the track. Drew barrier 1 and will get a perfect run in transit with experienced jocky Corey Brown. The track looks like it will be rated dead which suits and he looks to be a major player in the race. At double figure odds he looks a great each way bet.
3. Danleigh – Four time group 1 winner who won this race last year. Resumed in the Expressway where he ran a gallant fourth then was disappointing next start in Apollo Stakes but made up for it with a emphatic win in the Chipping Norton Stakes. Has had a trial since for a freshen up and has probably been the best backed runner at odds in the race. Will go back from barrier 9 and i expect him to be finishing the race off well. Another proven weight for age horse but his recent support see’s him at $8 which i feel in this race is unders. Well placed here but under the odds with the recent support.
4. Wall Street – New Zealand galloper who cam across in the Spring to tackle the Cox Plate where he finished a disappointing seventh, connections decided to try him in the Emirates Stakes which paid off seeing him win narrowly on the line. Has had two runs in NZ this preparation in lead up to his Autumn campaign where he has finished second on both occasions one of which was against King Mufhasa who he will face tomorrow. A very talented 6yo who is lightly raced in comparison to some of the other proven WFA horse and must be included in your multiples.
5. King Mufhasa – Another New Zealand galloper who has had one start in Australia since making the trip across the Tasman which was in the Futurity where he was beaten by More Joyous over 1400m. Steps up in distance which will suit and much like his NZ counterpart (Wall Street) is a proven WFA horse. Wouldn’t surprise if he won but at his current quote of $9 im happy to leave him out of my selections.
6. Centennial Park – Two time group winner who won first up in the Expressway then continued his form with placings in the Apollo Stakes and a second place finish behind Danleigh in the Chipping Norton. A very consistent runner who again is proven as a WFA horse. Has drawn barrier 14 which is a major concern and i feel in a field as good as this one he is out of his depth. Happy to leave him out of my selections.
7. Dao Dao – A very consistent galloper who rarely fails to finish in the placings, resumed with a very good run behind More Joyous in the Futurity Stakes and backed up a fortnight later with a strong run to only just be beaten by Whobegotyou in the Blamey Stakes. Unproven at WFA and hasn’t won in close to two years, in a race of this quality i cant see him figuring in the finish. At $8 he looks way under the odds.
8. Captain Sonador – Group 1 winner but has failed to go on with the win, was disappointing last start in the Gold Coast Stakes against much inferior opposition and a win or a placing here would surprise.
9. Love Conquers All – Group 3 winner who resumed with a second place finish in the Expressway then ran a disappointing fifth in the Apollo Stakes when he was sent out as equal favourite. Run a gallant second last start against More Joyous in the Canterbury Stakes where he beat home Rangirangdoo but meets him worse at the weights this start in a distance he is untried at. Happy to leave out of my selections.
10. Triple Elegance – A relatively unknown runner who will be making a huge step up in class coming into this race. Has won his last two starts including the Liverpool City Cup which has since been proven to be a good form line. Definitely a runner on the up but at his current quote of $8 he looks to be a massive gamble here where he has to take on seasoned WFA horses at the same weight. Place chance at best.
11. Bold Glance – Won the Gold Coast Stakes last start beating Captain Sonador, takes a huge leap up in quality here and he looks out of his depth and poorly weighted. Wont figure in the race.
12. Keepin’ The Dream – Good run last start in the Newmarket Handicap but from barrier 15 and against this field he wont figure in the race. Pass
13. Aloha – Won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic last start and her past five races, she has really been stepped up the grade well and continues to pass each test with flying colours. Has Glen Boss in the saddle and gets a 2kg weight relief from the boys and from barrier 3 she will get a perfect run in transit. She will most likely start favourite in the race and a win wont surprise but this may be a hurdle she cant jump. Win wouldn’t surprise but at $4.80 looks to be horrible value, im happy to wait and see if she can handle this class first.
14. Ilovethiscity – One of two 3 year olds to take on the older horses, resumed this preparation in the Royal Sovereign where he was unlucky not to have won and placed an eye catching fourth. He stepped up in distance in the Hobartville where he was too classy to win easily beating a talented field. Was ridden more aggressively last start in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and was able to just hold on ahead of the fast finishing Skilled. Has drawn barrier 11 and will likely run off the speed this start which i feel suits him better. Gets 2.5kg off the majority of the field and looks to be a future WFA star. Strong claims.
15. Skilled – The second of the 3 year old runners in the race and has been consistent in his three runs this preparation where he has failed to miss the placings. Has been beaten by Ilovethiscity in his last two starts but draws a much better barrier (2) and will get a great run during the race with the low weight. Expect him to be finishing off the race well. Great each way value.
Speed: As expected in a large quality field there looks to be a good amount of pace, i expect Love Conquers All to lead the field with King Mufhasa and Theseo also pressing forward. Rangirangdoo is likely to camp off the leaders in the box seat with a majority of the contenders running midfield. It looks to be a race where a winner could come from anywhere so i wont be taking into account the race speed when making my selections.
Overview: Looks to be a very open race which could be run five times and produce five different winners. There is a mix of proven WFA horses and upcoming runners on the improve with one very talented mare thrown in. I’ve found it very difficult to narrow it down to four runners as half the field could win the race at their best.
Selections: Rangirangdoo, Ilovethiscity, Danleigh, Wall Street
Wrriten by Morgan Payne
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