The 2016 Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 event held in September every year at the famous Rosehill Gardens Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The 1500m race is worth $175,000 in prize money for the best horse aged three and above under handicap weighting.
The Shannon Stakes is always a very tight affair as is expected with good quality handicap races. There are a host of lead up events used by trainers coming into this event with no one race providing a great form guide leading into the Shannon Stakes.
From this race it’s up to connections to judge the performance and whether it’s worth having a go at the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick a fortnight later or if it’s better to stay at Group 2 level and contest something like the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley.
There have been a few notable horses to cross the line first in the Shannon Stakes over the years and the event has a history of putting together a more than handy field.
Recently it’s probably got even better with 2008 winner Musket holding off competition from Black Piranha and Ice Chariot.
In 2009 it was a similar story with Drumbeats beating home dual Group 1 winner Rangirangdoo.
2011 Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice could only manage a third in the 2010 Shannon Stakes which was won by Firebolt.
2016 Shannon Stakes Field
The Shannon Stakes field is usually comprised of a number of talented handicappers, the majority of which hail from Sydney stables. Occasionally horses from Victoria will make the journey, and you’ll sometimes see a few internationals in the Shannon Stakes field.
The 2016 Shannon Stakes field will be released on Wednesday 21 September. It can now be seen below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|2||57x0955x30||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||2||58.5kg||101|
|3||57x3x12x68||COSMIC CUBE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Rory Hutchings||3||57.5kg||99|
|4||5070x67x53||HI WORLD||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Blake Shinn||4||56kg||96|
|5||61x14124x9||OLD NORTH||John O’Shea||Tim Clark||8||53kg||90|
|6||1524536×51||MORAL VICTORY||Tim Martin||Jason Collett||6||53kg||87|
|7||7115x330x2||CAPED CRUSADER (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||53kg||84|
|8||22x0013x70||KELLYVILLE FLYER||Jason Attard||Ms Winona Costin||10||53kg||82|
|9||4x417825x6||UNEQUIVOCAL||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||1||53kg||80|
|10||32113Px212||MORE TO GAIN||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||Peter Wells||9||53kg||74|
2016 Shannon Stakes Nominations
The Shannon Stakes nominations attract a lot of handicappers looking to get another group victory on their record. Because it is just short of a mile in distance, the Shannon Stakes nominations feature a mixture of sprinters, milers and handy stayers.
The 2016 Shannon Stakes nominations will be released on Monday 19 September and published here shortly afterwards.
The Shannon Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Shannon Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2016||1 Moral Victory||2 Caped Crusader||3 Cosmic Cube||1:28.0|
|2015||1 Vashka||2 God’s In Him||3 Messene||1:29.2|
|2014||1 Rock Sturdy||2 Liberty’s Choice||3 Ninth Legion||1:28.8|
|2013||1 Rain Drum||2 Centennial Park||3 Our Desert Warrior||1:29.3|
|2012||1 Rolling Pin||2 Offenders||3 Fat Al||1:31.2|
|2011||1 King Lionheart||2 Fast Clip||3 Lone Command||1:28.6|
|2010||1 Firebolt||2 Centennial Park||3 Sacred Choice||1:28.5|
|2009||1 Drumbeats||2 Rangirangdoo||3 Strat’s Flyer||1:30.1|
|2008||1 Musket||2 Black Piranha||3 Ice Chariot||1:30.5|
|2007||1 Race Not Run||2||3|
|2006||1 Stormhill||2 Temple Hills||3 Newton’s Rings||1:28.4|
|2005||1 Lotteria||2 Studebaker||3 Swick||1:30.2|
|2004||1 Nips||2 Whoc||3 Irongail||1:28.3|
|2003||1 Sportsman||2 Amex||3 Nips||1:28.1|
|2002||1 Gordo||2 Shot Of Thunder||3 Evander||1:29.7|
|2001||1 On Type||2 Century Kid||3 Diamond Dane||1:22.4|
|2000||1 Al Mansour||2 Chinhoyi||3 Varicool||1:29.5|