2011 George Ryder Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw – Golden Slipper Day

March 30th, 2011

The 2011 George Ryder Stakes is set to take place as one of five Group 1 races running on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday April 2, 2011, and the final field for the race has been released today.

15 horses have accepted for the $400,000 George Ryder Stakes that will run as Race 6 and is due to jump at 3.10pm (AEDST).

The 1,500 metre George Ryder Stakes is a standard weight-for-age race open to horses aged three-years-old and upwards.

Last year’s winner Danleigh is primed for the 2011 George Ryder Stakes after finishing first last start in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on March 5, 2011.

Danleigh won the race ahead of Centennial Park and Sacred Choice and proved that he is still in his best form, despite being seven-years-old.

The Mujahid gelding has drawn barrier 8 for the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman.

King Mufhasa’s trainer Stephen McKee has decided to run his six-year-old gelding in the 2011 George Ryder Stakes, after the horse put in a pleasing Tuesday morning gallop.

King Mufhasa has finished third in the George Ryder Stakes for the past two years and will be looking to finally crack a win in this year’s $400,000 event.

His trainer is hoping that the rain will hold off on the weekend, with King Mufhasa being better suited to dry tracks.

“He is at his best on firmer tracks although he has performed well in the wet,” McKee said.

King Mufhasa has won two Group 1 races back home in New Zealand so far this campaign, and has since finished fourth behind More Joyous in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield last start.

While Stephen McKee understands that New Zealand and Australian racing is very different, he is confident that King Mufhasa is a strong winning chance in the 2011 George Ryder Stakes.

“It’s hard to line New Zealand form up against the Australians but he beat Wall Street in the Waikato Sprint,” McKee said.

“That is the yardstick we are using.”

King Mufhasa will jump from barrier nine in the 2011 George Ryder Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Michael Rodd.

Amongst the 2011 George Ryder Stakes final field is growing superstar Aloha, who has won her last five starts in a row.

The Encosta De Lago mare most recently flew to victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on March 19, 2011, winning by an incredible 2.5 lengths.

The four-year-old mare has won 7 of her last nine starts and is seemingly unbeatable in her autumn campaign.

Aloha will be ridden by regular jockey Glen Boss in her attempt to make it six in a row in the 2011 George Ryder Stakes and will jump from barrier three.

Jeff Lynds’ Wall Street, Gai Waterhouse’s Theseo and Grahame Begg’s Ilovethiscity are also included in the 2011 George Ryder Stakes final field.

2011 George Ryder Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Handicapper Rating
1 THESEO Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 59 118
2 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 1 59 117
3 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 59 117
4 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds Craig Williams 7 59 113
5 KING MUFHASA (NZ) Stephen Mckee Michael Rodd 9 59 112
6 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Glyn Schofield 14 59 111
7 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 59 109
8 CAPTAIN SONADOR Roger Milne Shane Scriven 10 59 109
9 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chris Munce 13 59 107
10 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 5 59 102
11 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Scott Seamer 6 59 100
12 KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Peter Wells 15 59 99
13 ALOHA Mick Price Glen Boss 3 57 109
14 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 11 56.5 108
15 SKILLED Peter Snowden 2 56.5 102