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George Ryder Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The George Ryder Stakes is one of five Group One races run on Golden Slipper day
  • Worth $1 million, this major is run over 1500m at Rosehill
  • The 2021 edition will be run on Saturday, March 27
  • Preview and tips are available below
George Ryder Stakes Tips
Dreamforce (orange) is back to defend his George Ryder Stakes title on Golden Slipper Day. (Getty)
Run over 1500 metres is the Group One George Ryder Stakes which is worth $1 million and run at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day.

After Winx won four consecutive editions of this race prior to 2020, Dreamforce was crowned as the most recent winner following the retirement of the champion mare and he'll return in 2021.

Off a third-place finish in the Chipping Norton Stakes, Avilius narrowly holds favouritism for the 2021 George Ryder Stakes where $4.20 is currently available with betstar.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Field & Odds

1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerHugh Bowman1359kg$6.50
2AviliusJames CummingsNash Rawiller659kg $4.20
3DreamforceJohn ThompsonJames McDonald259kg $9.50
4SamadoubtBjorn BakerJoshua Parr1259kg $34
5Star Of The SeasChris WallerSam Clipperton1159kg$9.50
6Gem SongKris LeesJason Collett559kg $19
7Think It OverKerry ParkerGlen Boss859kg$41
8Cascadian (GB)James CummingsRachel King759kg $21
9DalasanLeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasKerrin McEvoy459kg $26
10Dawn PassageGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark1059kg $9.50
11JunipalCiaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen359kg $21
12MizzyAnthony CummingsRegan Bayliss957kg$15
13FunstarChris WallerTommy Berry157kg$5.50
Odds courtesy of betstar & correct at 9.30pm on 24/03/2021.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Tips

2021 George Ryder Stakes Best Bet - Avilius

A three-time Group One winner and a consistent weight-for-age performer, last spring was geared towards the big cups in Melbourne and he should've gone very close in the Caulfield Cup but was inconvenienced at a key stage.

There was more intent than usual from a James Cummings runner in his second trial ahead of the return, where he got home late for second behind Greysful Glamour in a 1200m heat, so Godolphin were looking for a forward showing straight up from this classy veteran and he almost obliged.

It took all of the fighting qualities of Verry Elleegant and Colette to hold Avilius off in the Chipping Norton Stakes, a feature he briefly looked to have won before peaking on the run late and with a shade more improvement, is arguably the one to beat in a very competitve edition of the George Ryder Stakes.

2021 George Ryder Stakes Value Bet - Gem Song

A decent field was assembled for the Group Three Newcastle Newmarket Handicap and while there were queries with this gelding second-up off a lengthy lay-off, it mattered not where despite being a little tardy away and held-up briefly, he managed to prevail on his home track.

Prior to that in the Southern Cross Stakes on February 13, Gem Song was eased out of the early speed battle in that 1200m contest where he was on the back of the eventual winner, but hit a flat spot before picking up again late and launching over the last 150m.

At 33.84, his last 600m was only bettered by that of Masked Crusader, who then ran third at his next start in the Canterbury Stakes at WFA level before bolting in to win last Friday night's William Reid Stakes (Group One), so the form around this gelding is a little stronger than it seems at first glance.

George Ryder Stakes 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 George Ryder Stakes?

The 2021 George Ryder Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, March 27.

It will run as Race 6 on the Rosehill program.

What distance is the George Ryder Stakes?

The George Ryder Stakes is run over a distance of 1500 metres.

How can I live stream the George Ryder Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the George Ryder Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 George Ryder Stakes?

Dreamforce won the 2020 George Ryder Stakes.

What is the George Ryder Stakes worth?

The George Ryder Stakes is worth a total of $1,000,000.

$580,000 of that goes to the winner.



The George Ryder Stakes is arguably the most open of all Group One events on Golden Slipper day where we'll lean the way of Avilius who was excellent first-up.

Gem Song shouldn't be discounted despite the rise in grade and a little firmer than last Saturday's predicted Heavy 10 is a plus.

Best Bet: Avilius To Win @380.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Gem Song Each Way @1800.0 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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