Te Akau Shark headlines the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, March 21 and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
George Ryder Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the George Ryder Stakes:
1. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster – Tommy Berry (6) 59kg
2. TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards – Opie Bosson (8) 59kg
3. THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike – James McDonald (7) 59kg
4. DREAMFORCE John Thompson – Nash Rawiller (4) 59kg
5. BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings – Kerrin McEvoy (1) 59kg
6. ALIZEE James Cummings – Hugh Bowman (2) 57kg
7. SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman – Mark Zahra (9) 56kg
8. BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent – Glen Boss (3) 56kg
9. SPEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes – Tim Clark (5) 56kg
George Ryder Stakes Odds
Te Akau Shark is the dominant favourite with Ladbrokes.
Te Akau Shark $2.10
Super Seth $5.00
The Bostonian $7.00
Happy Clapper $17
Best Of Days $26
George Ryder Stakes Tips
Te Akau Shark should simply be too good in Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Last start in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Te Akau Shark reeled off some sizzling sectionals to claim victory as he ran his final 600m, 400m and 200m in 32.64, 21.64 and 11.16.
To put that into perspective, Winx won this race four times in a row using the Chipping Norton as a lead-up, and she never went that quick with her best sectionals being 21.96 and 11.36.
Te Akua Shark ran an overall time of 1:33.87, and Winx’s best was a much quicker 1:33.27, so I’m not suggesting he would have beaten the great mare, but it’s a good reference point to just how powerful his turn of foot is.
Compared to Saturday’s George Ryder Stakes rivals, only Alizee has come within three lengths of his final 600m in recent times, but that was over 1200m so hardly rates as a legitimate comparison.
The drop back in distance is the only slight concern, as it was for Winx each year she did it, and while Te Akau Shark is no Winx, the smallish field of nine works in his favour while Dreamforce and Happy Clapper should ensure a genuine tempo.
Super Seth showed good early speed last time and could also inject a bit more pace into the race as he tries to angle across from barrier 9.
The Bostonian ran out of his skin first-up and generally improves second-up, so he along with Happy Clapper rate as the biggest dangers.