The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) takes place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse annually in late March or early April during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is a premier weight-for-age race for middle distance horses.
With $1 million in prizemoney, it attracts some high quality gallopers and is part of a fantastic day of racing at Rosehill..
The most reliable lead-up races to the George Ryder are the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Although the race favours middle distance types, a few exceptional sprinters throughout the years have been able to stretch out to between 1300m and 1500m as the race distance has changed over the last decade or so.
It was first run in 1903 when won by Marvel Loch and has grown in stature to become one of the Sydney Autumn Carnival’s most revered races.
The George Ryder is run under weight-for-age conditions and is open to horses three years old and upward.
The winner of the race is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) held at Royal Randwick Racecourse two weeks later.
Some classy gallopers have won the race, including Manikato (1979-80), Emancipation (1983-84), Schillaci (1993), Lonhro (2003-04), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Weekend Hussler (2008) and Pierro (2013).