2010 Shannon Stakes Final Field, Barrier Draw & Race Tips

*Note Captain Sonador has been scratched from the 2010 Shannon Stakes

A final field of 14 horses aged three and over have been accepted for the $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at this Saturday’s Rosehill race meeting.

Top picks in the 2010 Shannon Stakes include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Once Were Wild and Joseph Pride’s Neeson.

Four-year-old Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild is coming off a solid second place in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong and is vying for a spot in the 2010 Melbourne Cup at Flemington this November.

Once Were Wild is currently a $31 chance in the Melbourne Cup betting markets at Sportsbet and after drawing ideally with barrier three for Saturday, the Glyn Schofield mount is likely to start at the top of the Shannon Stakes odds.

Drawn two wider with gate five is our other top fancy, Mossman gelding Neeson.

Neeson ran fifth first-up in the Show County Quality last month and was super impressive winning the Tramway Quality at Randwick two weeks ago.

Warwick Farm-based trainer Pride will also start his improving Choisir mare Sacred Choice drawn in barrier six and coming off a fourth place to Neeson in the Tramway.

Read a more comprehensive 2010 Shannon Stakes Preview by clicking on the link.

A top day of racing is planned at Rosehill on Saturday, other highlight events worth a punt on are the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) for fillies, Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m) and the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m).

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Final Field & Barrier Draw for 2010 Shannon Stakes

# Horse Trainer Rider Br. Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Glyn Schofield 3 58 108
2 RABBUKA Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 7 58 104
3 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Brenton Avdulla (a) 1 57 102
4 NEESON Joseph Pride Peter Robl 5 57 102
5 SPINNEY Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 2 56 100
6 STRYKER Chris Waller Tye Angland 8 54.5 97
SCRATCHED CAPTAIN SONADOR Roger Milne Stathi Katsidis 10 54 96
8 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Rod Quinn 4 54 96
9 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride Tommy Berry (a) 6 53.5 99
10 KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Jim Cassidy 11 52.5 93
11 RAIHANA David Payne Nathan Berry (a) 13 52 96
12 FIREBOLT (NZ) Roger James Daniel Ganderton 14 52 89
13 BARLAGARNEY Graeme Rogerson Peter Wells 9 52 88
14 NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ) Anthony Cummings Corey Brown 12 52 87