Ladbrokes Tip: The Shannon Stakes winner may press onto the Epsom Handicap at Randwick
The Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 quality handicap race run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on a Saturday in late September during the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Contested at the same meeting as the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m), the race is contested over 1500m and offers $200,000 in total prize money. Graduates may go on to run in tougher Sydney and Melbourne races over the spring carnival, but is it usually won by middle range gallopers as opposed to Group 1 stars.
The last Shannon Stakes runner to back-up and win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) the following month at Randwick was the 2012 third-placegetter Fat Al. The Shannon Stakes winner is exempt from both ballot and penalty for the Epsom Handicap that season.
The latest edition of the Shannon Stakes took place on Saturday September 22, 2018.
2018 Shannon Stakes Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
Shannon Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
- Track: Rosehill Gardens
- Distance: 1500m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1978
Shannon Stakes Odds & Betting
Shannon Stakes betting favours local Sydney gallopers with winning form over 1400m – 1600m, proven ability at the Rosehill and those that come off earlier Group spring runs. Graduates out of the Theo Marks Stakes at the same track a fortnight earlier usually feature high up the Shannon Stakes odds, and favourites have a solid recent record in the race.
2018 Shannon Stakes Betting
The season’s top Shannon Stakes 2018 odds and Group 2 betting links to our Golden Rose Day markets will be provided below as soon as open.
Shannon Stakes Field
The Shannon Stakes field features a decent line-up of middle-distance runners coming off runs in similar class in Sydney earlier during the carnival. Many Shannon Stakes horses may have had a lead-up run in a race like the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), which the 2015 winner Vashka finished seventh in. Vashka also travelled to Melbourne next start and won the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Another possible lead-up run is the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), which produced the 2014 Shannon Stakes winner Rock Sturdy (2nd). That year’s third placegetter Ninth Legion came off a third in the Theo Marks Stakes.
The best out of the Shannon Stakes sometimes head to Randwick the next month for a shot at the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). While the double hasn’t been achieved in recent times, in 2010 Sacred Choice ran third in the Shannon Stakes and Epsom Handicap. She also headed to Melbourne later that prep and won the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse.
The previous year saw the 2012 winner Rolling Pin run third next time out in the Epsom Handicap to Fat Al who came off a third in the Group 2 and earlier second in that year’s Theo Marks Stakes.
Shannon Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the field and barrier draw announced on the Wednesday.
2018 Shannon Stakes Field
The official Shannon Stakes 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below the Wednesday leading-up to Golden Rose Stakes Day so stay tuned to see what gallopers line-up in the Group 2 feature.
2018 Shannon Stakes Nominations
The Shannon Stakes 2018 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.
Shannon Stakes Tips
The Shannon Stakes betting tips that best stack-up during the spring carnival in Sydney include looking for runners proven at the track over at least 1400m, runners from the best stables in NSW and gallopers that finished in the money last start.
2018 Shannon Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Shannon Stakes 2018 betting tips and exotic Rosehill selections on the Epsom Handicap ballot exemption-offering event will be detailed below the week of the race.
Shannon Stakes Form Guide
The Shannon Stakes form guide details to punters all the facts and stats from the jockeys, trainers and barriers, to the horse’s records over the track / distance and their lead-up runs.
The Shannon Stakes form has stacked-up in tougher carnival features a number of times over the years including in 2015 when the third-placegetter Messene ran fourth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) behind Winx next time out. In 2014 the Shannon Stakes third-placed Ninth Legion also ran fourth in the Epsom next time out.
Shannon Stakes Results
The results from the past decade have been a mix between favourites and double-figure chances including Rain Drum ($13 in 2013).
Recent and noteworthy winners of the Shannon Stakes include Rock Sturdy (2014), Musket (2008) and Juggler (1996).
2018 Shannon Stakes Results
The full Shannon Stakes 2018 race results and finishing order will be provided below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday September 22, 2018.
Shannon Stakes Winners
|2017||Washington Heights||Mighty Lucky||Imposing Lass||1:28.8|
|2016||Moral Victory||Caped Crusader||Cosmic Cube||1:28.0|
|2015||Vashka||God’s In Him||Messene||1:29.2|
|2014||Rock Sturdy||Liberty’s Choice||Ninth Legion||1:28.8|
|2013||Rain Drum||Centennial Park||Our Desert Warrior||1:29.3|
|2012||Rolling Pin||Offenders||Fat Al||1:31.1|
|2011||King Lionheart||Fast Clip||Lone Command||1:29.9|
|2010||Firebolt||Centennial Park||Sacred Choice||1:28.5|
|2008||Musket||Black Piranha||Ice Chariot||1:30.5|
|2007||Race Not Run||–||–||–|
|2006||Stormhill||Temple Hills||Newton’s Rings||1:28.4|
|2002||Gordo||Shot Of Thunder||Evander||1:29.7|
|2001||On Type||Century Kid||Diamond Dane||1:22.4|