Punters Admire 2011 Shannon Stakes Field & Odds

Group 1 winning mare Secret Admirer has opened the favourite for this Saturday’s Shannon Stakes 2011 at Rosehill Gardens, Grahame Begg’s talented galloper out to improve her credentials ahead of an ambitious Epsom HandicapCox Plate double attempt.

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is favourite to take out the 2011 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday

There were 11 acceptors for the $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) this year, Dubawi four-year-old Secret Admirer coming up trumps with an ideal barrier two draw.

Winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on Epsom Super Saturday last spring, Secret Admirer is third-up on Saturday after two close second place finishes this season, most recently coming within a nose of Sincero in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 3.

Begg has Secret Admirer on way to Saturday week’s $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick, for which she is the $5 second favourite behind Sincero in the Luxbet markets

The plan is then to travel down to Melbourne to prepare for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22, Begg having paid the second acceptance fee for Secret Admirer in the Cox Plate yesterday but not for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

But first Secret Admirer must contest the Shannon Stakes for which she is the $2.40 favourite for through Luxbet.

Of the 10 other Shannon Stakes acceptors the next-best fancied are the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fast Clip ($4.80) and Torio’s Quest ($5).

Snippetson four-year-old Fast Clip, winner of the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) back in April, resumed with a brave first-up third beaten only half a length by Master Of Design in the Group 2 Sebring Sprint (1300m) at Rosehill on September 10.

That run was from an awkward barrier 10 draw and having drawn better with eight on Saturday and stepping up to 1500 metres, Fast Clip comes right into contention.

Sebring Sprint runner-up Torio’s Quest also has genuine claims for an upset in the Shannon Stakes on Saturday, Brett Partelle’s Queensland Guineas winner drawn in barrier five with Hugh Bowman engaged.

Other notable 2011 Shannon Stakes hopes paying double-figures in the early betting markets include last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Descarado ($13) who is drawn nicely in barrier four for their first-up run of the season, fellow Waterhouse-trained King Lionheart ($13) coming off a win over the track and distance and the Chris Waller-trained Triple Honour ($14).

Below is the official 2011 De Bortoli Wines Shannon Stakes final field and barrier draw.

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2011 Shannon Stakes Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 91204X5655 BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson Nash Rawiller 2 57.5kg 73
2 134X55 FLIGHT OF PEGASUS Scott Aspery Chris Munce 4 57kg 72
3 1X9075282 BLACK JAG Peter Hulbert Justin P Stanley 6 53.5kg 65
4 551 BIG TIME John O’Shea Christian Reith 9 53kg 64
5 351 MOROCCO Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 7 53kg 63
6 4392 QUACKQUACK John O’Shea Nathan Berry 8 53kg 60
7 0X88X37 INDUNA Peter Snowden Corey Brown 5 53kg 59
8 452 SAINT LA BAMBA David Payne Jim Cassidy 10 53kg 59
9 5X80 STELLAR VINIA David Payne Tommy Berry 1 53kg 59
10 670 VOLATILE MATTER John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla 3 53kg 53