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Timeform Preview - 2018 George Ryder Stakes

Since the T J Smith-trained Bragger won the first running of the George Ryder in 1946 just seven horses have managed back to back wins and they were all pretty special gallopers that included Lonhro, Campaign King, Emancipation, Manikato, Foresight and Price Regoli.
However this afternoon Winx will put all those names in the shade when she becomes the only horse to complete a hat trick of victories.
But then again as we know Winx is no ordinary thoroughbred. Today she will extend her winning sequence to 24 – just one behind the unbeaten Black Caviar and increase her tally of group one wins to giving her the unofficial world record for a flat galloper, eclipsing US dirt horse John Henry.
Winx will be second up from a spell this afternoon after a mind blowing effort first up in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1 m where she produced a Timeform rating of 132+, a peak for her when resuming, but still two pounds shy of her 134 master Timeform rating achieved in this race last year when she annihilated her rivals by over seven lengths in very heavy ground.
Rain this week will again have the ground to her liking and a small field of six that includes four new rivals also plays to her strengths.
Only two opponents who could offer any resistance are group one winners Happy Clapper and three-year-old Kementari but their challenge is likely to be short lived.
Happy Clapper has been in great form during the last 12 months winning the group one Epsom Handicap last preparation and then resuming with a solid win in the group one Canterbury Stakes over 6 1⁄2 f at Randwick running to a Timeform rating of 124 – a pound below his master figure.
However Happy Clapper has been the “whipping boy” for Winx in five previous match ups and it is hard to see the tables being turned here.
Three-year-old Kementari has been in great form this preparation winning all three starts against his own age group culminating in the group one Randwick Guineas over 1 m last start.
En-route to the Doncaster in a fortnight, Kementari will use today’s race as a final lead up but does meet older horses for the first time and under WFA conditions which is no easy task.
That said, three-year-olds do have a good record in the George Ryder Stakes but none previously had to content with a horse like Winx who has eaten up youngsters in this race before having dealt quite severely with Kermadec and Press Statement in 2016.
Kementari rates slightly better than both those at the same stage on 125 but does not have the Timeform rating to bother the wonder mare.
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