The Shannon Stakes is a 1500M handicap race held annually in September at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The Group 2 race is designed for three year-old and above horses only and is now worth $175,000 in prize money. In recent years, the race has been ranked among the most exciting prospects in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Rain Drum won the event in 2013 after outclassing a field of talented runners.
Coming in second and third respectively was Centennial Park and Our Desert Warrior. Although the Shannon Stakes is not one of the big money events in Australia’s horse racing, the race has managed to attract a broad diversity of above average horses from across the country. The event is lined up on the same day along a number of exciting races including The Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes and Group 3 races The Research Stakes and The Collin Stephen Quality.
The Shannon Stakes tends to favor in form horses and rarely do we get a surprise winner. A number of quality horses have graced this race and just to mention but a few, notable mares include Armed For Action back in 1998, Al Mansour in 2000 and The Juggler in 1996. The Shannon Stakes is a perfect build up race for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival especially for horses that are in top form.
Rangirangdoo in 2009 finished second in the Shannon Stakes on course towards an easy victory in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at the Melbourne Spring. The event is also an ideal lead up race for the Epsom Handicap and in recent years, no horse has won the two races in the same year. The Shannon Stakes is always a perfect pick for horse racing enthusiasts looking for competitive racing and is expected to fire up the Sydney Spring Carnival this year like never before.
Shannon Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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||Sliding Cube||Mimi Lebrock||Moonboat||0.58.3|
|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|
|1998||Armed For Action||Dodge||Champagne||1:28.7|
|1997||Quick Flick||Might And Power||Here’s The Prince||1:29.5|
|1995||Sprint By||Cheunganoff||My Diamond Rouge||1:30.4|
|1994||Play Or Pay||Star Dancer||Tenor||1:28.8|
|1993||Soho Square||Ghost Story||Ausmart||1:28.7|
|1992||Palatin||Century Reign||Big Dreams||1:29.1|
|1991||Deposition||Livistona Lane||Majestic Boy||1:33.2|
|1990||Go Bush||High Regard||Dixon Street||1:30.8|
|1989||Cole Diesel||Nanutarra||Temple Front||1:29.6|
|1988||Never Quit||Robian Steel||Magnetic Island||1:30.9|