The 2017 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 $200,000 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.
2017 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 2017 Shannon Stakes field will be released on Wednesday 20 September. It can now be seen below.
|No||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|
|9||5111619×2||DAWN WALL||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||3||53kg||90|
|11||36x621x325||IMPOSING LASS (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||–||11||53kg||95|
2017 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 2017 Shannon Stakes nominations will be released on Monday 18 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 Washington Heights||2 Mighty Lucky||3 Imposing Lass||1:28.8|
|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|