The Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 handicap race for horses three-years-old and up and takes place each year in September at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, new South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $175,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Shannon Stakes was won by Noire from Kingsguard with Youngstar third.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd September 2018|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
The Shannon Stakes is a quality handicap and the conditions of the race suits horses on the up who can get in with a light weight and beat the handicapper. The race has been won by some classy types over the years including Al Mansour (2000), Armed for Action (1998) and Juggler (1996).
Makybe Diva's half brother Musket (2008) managed to win this race in fine style, while top galloper Rangirangdoo (2nd in 2009) went on to win the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne spring racing carnival after placing in this event.
Any capable gallopers contesting this race might decide to go on to tackle the feature mile race of the spring at Randwick the following week, the Gr1 Epsom Handicap, and Fat Al (3rd in 2012) went on to claim the Epsom at his next start after running third in this race. Sacred Choice (3rd in 2010) managed to finish third in both races that spring.
Noire (2018) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Sheraco Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill before winning this event in stylish fashion for the Chris Waller stable.
Recent Shannon Stakes winners include Washington Heights (2017) and Moral Victory (2016).
1. $3.40 Noire 53.5 Tommy Berry
2. $13.00 Kingsguard 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
3. $3.60 Youngstar 53.5 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $4.80 Arbeitsam 56.5 Tim Clark
5. $19.00 Tally 58.0 Tye Angland
6. $6.00 Cabeza De Vaca 54.5 James McDonald
7. $17.00 All Too Huiying 54.0 Christian Reith
Margins: 0.3 len, 0.5 len
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|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|
|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|
|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|