It is run during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Golden Slipper Day, the richest race in the world for two-year-olds with a staggering $3.5 million prize fund. The top quality card also features the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, Ranvet Stakes and The Galaxy.
Tickets for the George Ryder Stakes are TBC
The 2020 George Ryder Stakes will take place on Saturday 21st March. It is certain to provide the best in glamour, fashion and top quality racing
Rosehill Gardens is the home of racing in Sydney’s west and provides top-class racing, plentiful entertainment and a thriving social environment in beautiful surroundings.
The racecourse is surrounded by finely manicured gardens, providing a relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque backdrop to some world class racing.
Construction of the racecourse was completed in 1885 and it is now owned and operated by the Australian Turf Club. Rosehill stages ten Group 1 races during the season and attracts some of the finest thoroughbreds in the country.
This attractive venue is run by a very friendly team who will do all they can to make sure that you enjoy your day at the races. There is a dress code for both the Members’ area and for general admission with full details available on their website.
There are also some fantastic offers for Australian Turf Club members that also apply to the other ATC courses at Royal Randwick, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm. Other benefits include discounts on food and drink and regular promotions throughout the year.
The newly refurbished Rosehill Gardens provides the very best in hospitality with fine wine and dining plus live entertainment. For the fashion conscious, there is also the Longines Prize for Elegance.
Reserve your tickets now for Golden Slipper Day, one of the most exciting events in the Australian racing calendar!
So Why The George Ryder Stakes?
The George Ryder Stakes is just one of five Group 1 races on Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens. The total prize pool for the day is over $7 million with half of that on offer in the featured Longines Golden Slipper.
Winx won her sixteenth consecutive race in the Apollo Stakes in February 2019 and is in line for a repeat win in the George Ryder 2020.
She is currently re-writing the record books for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman. She has a public following that is comparable to that of Black Caviar and her presence would mean a sell-out crowd at Rosehill Gardens.
Rosehill Gardens is close to Sydney Olympic Park, a large leisure complex in western Sydney which was developed for the 2000 Olympics.
These lavish facilities are now used for a variety of sporting and cultural events including the Sydney Festival.
World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park is well worth a visitwith two fun playgrounds to keep the children entertained.
History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Elizabeth Farm which dates back to 1793 and is the oldest surviving European building in Australia.
Lake Parramatta Reserve
Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 73 hectare bushland and parkland reserve located within two kilometres of the Parramatta central business district.
Riverside Theatre is Western Sydney’s premier performing arts centre.
With over 1,000 events per year, Riverside is located on the banks of the Parramatta River and offers plenty of entertainment for both young and old.
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Where To Stay?
There are a range of fine hotels in Rosehill, all within a mile of the Racecourse.
Booking.com lists all of these and more and provides information on pricing and parking facilities.
Parramatta Waldorf Apartment Hotel
Parramatta Waldorf Apartment Hotel offers modern self-contained apartments.
Guests have access to a fully equipped fitness centre, outdoor heated swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Some also have a balcony with views over Rosehill Racecourse or towards the Blue Mountains.
Located opposite Rosehill Railway Station and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, the hotel is only a ten-minute drive from both Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta city centre.
The Rivercat ferry service to Circular Quay and The Star Casino departs from just under one mile from the hotel.
Mercure Hotel Parramatta
Opposite the racecourse and only minutes from one of the largest shopping centres in Australia, Mercure Hotel Parramatta offers luxurious accommodation with excellent leisure facilities and a business centre.
The Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park offers 5-star accommodation next to:
ANZ Stadium, Qudos Bank Arena (Allphones Arena), Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and Sydney Showground.
Facilities include a restaurant, bar and 24-hourfitness centre.
Act Fast! The local hotels are always in high demand for the Golden Slipper Day meeting.
Where To Eat?
Rosehill Gardens Hospitality
Rosehill Gardens provides a complete range of restaurants and bars from the affordable to VIP hospitality.
There are 25 dining establishments within the racecourse grounds plus a selection of eateries and bars.
There are seasonal menus plus race day themed street food vendors and tailored corporate packages to cater for all tastes.
The Hive is a multi-purpose function area located on the top level of the J.R. Fleming Grandstand with spectacular views of the racecourse.
The space can be hired for functions and events from small groups up to 250 guests.
Other Places to Eat in Sydney
For those prepared to venture a little further afield, there is a huge range of eating establishments in Sydney.
4 Fourteen in Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills provides traditional Australian meals with gluten free and vegetarian options.
Small Plates include pork terrine with apple sauce and pickles. Large plates include lamb shoulder, carrots, tomato and watermelon.
There is a range of sides and desserts on offer, and all sensibly priced.
How to Get There?
Rosehill Gardens is situated approximately 20km to the west of the Sydney Central Business District in the geographical heart of the city.
From Air to Train
If arriving by air via Sydney Airport, go to Sydney Airport Domestic or Sydney Airport International Train Station.
At either of these stations, go to platform 1. Catch the train to Central station and change to platform 18 (the Western Line) for your train to Clyde.
Change to platform 1 (the Carlingford Line) for your train to Rosehill. Travel time is approximately 54 minutes.
If you’re travelling by train, special race day trains run direct to the racecourse. The Rosehill train station is located on the T6 Carlingford line.
The racecourse is serviced by three of the city’s major traffic routes – Parramatta Road, Victoria Road and the M4 Motorway.
From Ferry to Bus
Racegoers can also travel by Ferry from Circular Quay to Parramatta and connect with a free bus service.
There is a complimentary return shuttle bus service running from Parramatta Station to Parramatta Wharf and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
There is also a shuttle service from Strathfield Station to Everton Road and the Racecourse.
Taxis can take you directly to the course via the Grand Avenue gates and the pick-up points are in Oak Street over the Equine Bridge located at the Might and Power entry.
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The race was originally known as The Railway Stakes and took place for the first time in 1903.
The race was renamed The George Ryder Stakes in 1974 in honour of a leading racing administrator and stud master and was given Group 1 status six years later.
The First Race
The inaugural George Ryder Stakes was won by Marvel Loch when the race was run over a distance of 1300m.
The distance was increased from to 1500min 1986 where it remains today.
3 Different trainers
Three trainers have trained the winner on four occasions.
William Booth (between 1918 and 1934), Harry Plant (between 1950 and 1967) and Chris Waller,
who gained his fourth training success in the George Ryder in the space of just six years with Winx (2016).
W. (Billy) Cook remains the most successful jockey in the history of the race with four winners, the last of which was Carioca in 1954.
The roll of honour for the George Ryder Stakes contains many of the greatest Australian sprinters and milers in recent times. Prince Regoli (1962 and 1963) was the first horse to win the George Ryder in consecutive seasons. He was followed by:
Foresight (1968 and 1969), Manikato (1979 and 1980), Emancipation (1983 and 1984), Campaign King (1987 and 1988) and most recently Lonhro (2003 and 2004).
In 2016 the race was won in sensational style by Winx who established herself as the highest rated turf horse in the world.
Winx became the first horse in history to win the Cox Plate, Chipping Norton Stakes and George Ryder Stakes treble. No George Ryder Stakes winner since Referral in 1999 had finished worse than fourth in their previous race.
Prior to the victory of Winx in 2016, no filly or mare had won the race since Heat Of The Moment in 1986.
A wide draw can also be difficult to overcome with only Real Impact winning from a double-digit starting gate since 2015.
These factors are well worth considering when you are placing a bet!