Winners and Past Results for the Shannon Stakes
Held under the aegis of the Australian Turf Club, the Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 race for horses three years old and above.
The 1500 metre event is run under handicap weighting with $175,000 reserved for the winning connections.
The Shannon Stakes is held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney during the spring racing carnival in September. The race attracts a quality field with many horses preparing for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick Racecourse, one week later.
For the avid punter there is no single race that may prove to be a handy form guide since trainers may use a number of routes in search of greater success during the spring carnival. King Lionheart, who upset Secret Admirer the firm favourite, won a BM80 handicap event at Rosehill over the same distance prior to winning the 2011 Shannon Stakes.
The Shannon Stakes is held on the same day as the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, Group 3 Research Stakes & the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality.
Horses that manage to beat the handicapper and come under the starter's orders with a light weight are usually the ones to perform well. In form horses may fancy an outing in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap. Sacred Choice ran third in both events.
Another target may be the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley. Runner up in the 2009 Shannon Stakes, Rangirandoo won the Crystal Mile after running a close second in the Epsom Handicap as well.
The Group 1 Toorak Handicap over an extended distance of 1600 metres could also be next on the cards for better performing gallopers although it hasn't produced a winner or place-getter in recent times. Runner up in 2011, Fast Clip finished 9th out of a field of 13 in the Toorak Handicap.
In 1979 the Shannon Stakes was first held as a principal race and was promoted as a listed event the next year. It gained recognition as a Group 3 race in 1985 and has enjoyed Group 2 status since 2001.
Over the years, the Shannon Stakes has seen a fair spattering of talent pass through where placegetters and winners have remained in contention in major group races throughout the spring carnival.
Notable horses to reach the winning post first include Deposition in 1991, Juggler in 1996, Al Mansour in 2000, Stormhill in 2006, and Musket in 2008.
2013 Shannon Stakes
After a massive lay off, Rain Drum made a stunning return in winning this Group 2 handicap. As the field settled, Rain Drum was sixth on the fence while Ashokan and High Esteem shared the lead, with Centennial Park racing wide without cover. Ashokan skipped clear before Our Desert Warrior took the field up to close the gap as they rounded the turn. Centennial Park came down the outside strongly and looked a big chance, as did Our Desert Warrior, but a gap eventually opened up for Rain Drum and he charged through it, steaming home to score a thrilling win over Centennial Park, with Our Desert Warrior not far back in third.
2013 Shannon Stakes result
1. Rain Drum
2. Centennial Park
3. Our Desert Warrior
6. Your Honour
11. High Esteem
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