Rosehill Gardens gears up for a thrilling day of racing on Saturday, featuring five Group 1 contests, including the $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

2023 The Everest winner Think About It

Think About It is one of the best in George Ryder Stakes 2024 betting at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity field of 19 runners will line up for the prestigious weight-for-age feature.

The star attraction is undoubtedly The Everest hero Think About It, trained by Joe Pride.

However, despite his impressive record (11 wins from 14 starts), Think About It has drawn a wide barrier (17) and faces stiff competition.

Ridden by Sam Clipperton, the So You Think gelding boasts earnings exceeding $12 million.

While his longest win to date has been over 1400m, he remains the early favourite at $5 at Ladbrokes.

He will be looking to bounce back from a runner-up finish to Lady Laguna in the Canterbury Stakes and will need to overcome the wide draw.

Chris Waller‘s colt Militarize has emerged as a serious contender, sharing favoritism with Think About It at $5.

With James McDonald in the saddle, the talented Dundeel colt is coming off a string of close finishes in Group 1 races.

Dropping back to 1500m could suit him well, and a good barrier position (7) gives him an advantage.

The race is wide open with several other runners boasting strong credentials.

Veight ($9) and Encap ($9) are well-regarded three-year-olds with impressive recent form.

The Annabel Neasham-trained four-year-old Overshare mare Lady Laguna ($10), who defeated Think About It last start, also presents a significant threat.

See below for the complete 2024 George Ryder Stakes final field and barrier draw.

2024 George Ryder Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x111x113x2 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 17 59kg 115
2 42151120×0 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Adam Hyeronimus 14 59kg 109
3 2x1132x625 PERICLES James Cummings Hugh Bowman 15 59kg 109
4 131x9250x4 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 19 59kg 108
5 x901393x78 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Tommy Berry 5 59kg 107
6 22x0180x47 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Kerrin McEvoy 10 59kg 105
7 924x1111x8 UNSPOKEN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 1 59kg 105
8 4x765824x7 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 11 59kg 103
9 0x99312186 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 59kg 103
10 12515x516x MIGHTY ULYSSES (GB) Annabel Neasham Tom Marquand 3 59kg 103
11 87x26x43x2 NEW ENERGY (IRE) Ciaron Maher Jason Collett 16 59kg 102
12 254x1564x2 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 4 59kg 99
13 3x429602x5 WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Joshua Parr 13 59kg 96
14 x031x5357x COSMIC VEGA (IRE) Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 18 59kg 95
15 123×211121 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 12 57kg 110
16 11x5158x22 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 56kg 110
17 4x1525x142 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 8 56kg 106
18 223125×325 ENCAP Gary Portelli Blake Shinn 2 56kg 95
19 2x11169x68 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher Zac Lloyd (a) 6 54kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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