Shannon Stakes 2017

Saturday September 23, 2017

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 23, 2017 .

2017 Shannon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Washington Heights
  • 2nd: #2 Mighty Lucky
  • 3rd: #11 Imposing Lass

Shannon Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
  • 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.


2017 Shannon Stakes Betting

The season’s top Shannon Stakes 2017 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.

Shannon Stakes odds & betting - Ladbrokes

Vashka (2015) went on to win a Group 3 on Caulfield Cup Day after success in Sydney’s Shannon Stakes that spring. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

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.

2017 Shannon Stakes Field

The official Shannon Stakes 2017 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.

The 2017 Shannon Stakes Field is down to just nine runners after the early scratching of Golden Pendant-bound mares Bonny O’Reilly and Omei Sword. Chris Waller still has two hopefuls in the Epsom Handicap qualifier with Dawn Wall in gate two on the 53kg minimum and her stablemate Good Project carrying the 59kg top weight.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7x0472x5x6 GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 104
2 60x57864x7 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 2 57kg 100
3 1x11130x15 BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 9 56kg 102
4 0x20407x23 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 5 55.5kg 101
5 7x1215x141 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 8 55kg 96
6 9x12x27x56 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 54.5kg 99
7 515141105x DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 54.5kg 95
8 x55250x118 LUBITON Bjorn Baker TBA 7 53kg 91
9 5111619×2 DAWN WALL Chris Waller Corey Brown 3 53kg 90
10 x4285x0x15 HEARTLINGS Kerry Parker TBA 6 53kg 76
11 36x621x325 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) Bjorn Baker TBA 11 53kg 95

2017 Shannon Stakes Nominations

The Shannon Stakes 2017 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

In 2017 the Shannon Stakes Nominations attracted only nine early entries leading to the nominations being extended until 11am (AEST) on 19/09/2017. Of the current hopefuls in the mix standouts include Dawn Wall for Chris Waller who is also entered for the Golden Pendant on the same race card, and the in-form Gerald Ryan-trained Hong Kong performed six-year-old Washington Heights.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 5111619×2 DAWN WALL M 4 Chris Waller 90
2 7x0472x5x6 GOOD PROJECT H 6 Chris Waller 104
3 x4285x0x15 HEARTLINGS M 5 Kerry Parker 76
4 x55250x118 LUBITON M 4 Bjorn Baker 91
5 346×643412 MARIQUITA M 5 Gerald Ryan 72
6 60x57864x7 MIGHTY LUCKY G 8 Fred Cowell 101
7 9x12x27x56 OMEI SWORD M 4 Chris Waller 99
8 5x714538x1 SCREAMARR G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 75
9 7x1215x141 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS G 6 Gerald Ryan 96

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.

2017 Shannon Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Shannon Stakes 2017 betting tips and exotic Rosehill selections on the Epsom Handicap ballot exemption-offering event will be detailed below the week of the race.

  • 1st: #11 Imposing Lass ($6) – Like the value on offer for this under-rated Makfi mare for Bjorn Baker. She has a wide draw, but it’s not tall that big a field and think she can finish on top. Fifth in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle last Friday, but was only two lengths beaten with 57kg. Comes right back to 53kg here and finished in the money in her other two runs this time in when very narrowly beaten in both. She’s consistent, will be flying under the light weight and has won at Rosehill before. Big ticks.
  • 2nd: #5 Washington Heights ($3.10) – Favourite in the Shannon Stakes betting markets and has won four of his last seven starts, including success at Sha Tin when racing for a stint in Hong Kong. Since arriving back down under for the in-form Gerald Ryan, he is two-form three and was last seen carting 58.5kg to a narrow Randwick win over 1400m on September 2. Down in kilos and will be finishing hard.
  • 3rd: #9 Dawn Wall ($3.50) – Chris Waller’s 2017 Toorak Handicap-bound mare was just off Washington Heights running second last start and is another dropping right back in weight to Saturday’s 53kg minimum. She is a Group 3 winner over a mile and her trainer has a big opinion of her so like to see a big second-up run in this.

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).

2017 Shannon Stakes Results

The full Shannon Stakes 2017 race results and finishing order will be provided below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday September 23, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg $4.80
2 2 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 0.5L 1 57kg $41
3 11 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 2.8L 9 53kg $7.50
4 8 LUBITON Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 3.7L 6 53kg $7
5 9 DAWN WALL Chris Waller Corey Brown 4.7L 2 53kg $3.40F
6 4 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 5L 4 55.5kg $5
7 7 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5.2L 3 54.5kg $31
8 10 HEARTLINGS Kerry Parker Jay Ford 5.8L 5 53kg $51
9 1 GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6L 8 59kg $9.50
6 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0
3 BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 0

Shannon Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2009 Drumbeats Rangirangdoo Strat’s Flyer 1:30.1
2008 Musket Black Piranha Ice Chariot 1:30.5
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Stormhill Temple Hills Newton’s Rings 1:28.4
2005 Lotteria Studebaker Swick 1:30.2
2004 Nips Whoc Irongail 1:28.3
2003 Sportsman Amex Nips 1:28.1
2002 Gordo Shot Of Thunder Evander 1:29.7
2001 On Type Century Kid Diamond Dane 1:22.4
2000 Al Mansour Chinhoyi Varicool 1:29.5