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 $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) and Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) for three-year-olds, the race is contested over 1500m and offers $175,000 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 next edition of the Shannon Stakes takes place on Late September, 2017.
Shannon Stakes Field
The race’s 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 (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.
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.
If there’s an odds-on favourite, they usually get the job done for Stan Fox Stakes punters.
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.
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).
2016 Shannon Stakes Results
The Results of the 2016 edition of the race will be published here as soon as it is run.
Shannon Stakes Winners
|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|