2018 George Ryder Stakes – Preview and Tips
It’s only a small field for the 2018 George Ryder Stakes. In any other year you’ll find a larger participation of gallopers. But with champion mare Winx lining up, rival trainers don’t quite see the point in doing likewise.
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Here’s the field as they line up for the 2018 George Ryder Stakes:
262x1 1. Happy Clapper (4), J: B Shinn, W: 59 kgs, 14.00
85x66 2. Clearly Innocent (3), J: T Berry, W: 59 kgs, 71.00
14191 3. Crack Me Up (2), J: J R Collett, W: 59 kgs, 61.00
111x1 4. Winx (6), J: H Bowman, W: 57 kgs, 1.10
X13x3 5. Invincible Gem (1), J: Z Purton, W: 57 kgs, 26.00
0x111 6. Kementari (5), J: B Avdulla, W: 56 kgs, 7.50
Let’s not beat around the bush. Winx should win this comfortably; that is of course if Hugh Bowman doesn’t fall off the horse like he did a fortnight ago in ToPreludepper Prelude on board Performer. The George Ryder is at her mercy.
After his win in the Randwick Guineas, Kementari has been installed as the favourite for the Doncaster Handicap coming up soon. As an ever-improving three-year-old, he might have the youth, but he’ll be up against it in the George Ryder against the older horses. He’s a very good colt, but then again, so were Dulcify and Stylish Century at his age. The Big K is not there yet, but surely it’ll only be a matter of time.
Happy Clapper, like Hartnell, has seen too much of Winx’s rear profile to the point of monotony. I can’t see things changing anytime soon. One of the more popular horses in Sydney, no doubt helped by the profile of his colourful trainer Paddy Webster. A good performance in the Canterbury Stakes last start to win it, but it won’t be enough in this years running of the George Ryder.
Of the other three, I believe Kris Lees’ mare Invincible Gem is an improver. She’s at outside odds, probably ranking fourth in this field of six. Good third to Happy Clapper last start, and maybe worth putting money on for an upset possibility, but it would be a longshot.
In a nutshell, Winx, then Kementari then Happy Clapper.
Winx, Kementari, Happy Clapper.
Invincible Gem, who has an SP of $26.00.
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