Greg Eurell’s talented four-year-old Hosting will step up to Group class for the first time since being gelded when taking on a smart field in the 2013 Shannon Stakes in Sydney on Saturday.
The 2013 Epsom Handicap-bound son of Host is one of 12 gallopers making up the field for Rosehill’s $175,000 Group 2 Ascend Sales Trophies Shannon Stakes (1500m) this year.
Drawn in gate six with Glyn Schofield to ride the $21 Epsom chance for next month gets in on the 53kg minimum and looks to retain their undefeated status this time in.
Dead last when stepped up to Group 1 company as a three-year-old in the Australian Guineas at Flemington back in March, Hosting has won back-to-back races this time in after undergoing a gelding operation during their break.
Their latest effort was at Rosehill over the 1400m on September 14 and they should be suited to the 1500m on the weekend.
Eurell has also accepted for his Niello five-year-old Your Honour who is third-up this prep.
Super consistent in their maiden campaign winning four on the trot the lightly-raced gelding was tested at black type level for the first time on September 14 and handled the pressure well running third in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) here behind Riva De Lago.
The other youngster with only 53kg who also comes off two spring wins and shoots for their third on the trot like Hosting is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Our Desert Warrior.
Desert King four-year-old Our Desert Warrior, a failed 10th in the Victoria Derby last Melbourne Cup Carnival, won first-up at Canterbury last month over 1550m and showed their liking for the mile when saluting as the favourite at the Farm earlier this month for their second straight win.
Waterhouse will also be represented in the Shannon Stakes by Fastnet Rock six-year-old Rain Drum with the rails run from barrier one, the galloper last seen winning over the 2000m at Rosehill back in May following a Wagga Cup third.
Also resuming here is Chris Waller’s Lonhro gelding Hoylonny to be ridden by veteran hoop Jim Cassidy from gate two.
Top weight in the field with 59kg meanwhile is the David Payne-trained Centennial Park, fifth in the Theo Marks Stakes last time out.
Payne is confident the evergreen eight-year-old has another win in them, their latest victorious effort being in the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in March.
Other notable hopes then include Peter Moody’s in-form Cameron Handicap runner-up High Esteem and the Craig Carmody-trained Single.
The complete Shannon Stakes 2013 field, barriers and weights are listed below.
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2013 Shannon Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 – 4:47pm (AEST) – 28/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x37166x595||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||12||59kg||100|
|2||9502305×07||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton (a)||3||58.5kg||99|
|3||7211323×80||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||Nash Rawiller||8||57kg||96|
|4||x60111x622||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||4||56.5kg||95|
|5||12x426200x||HOYLONNY||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2||56kg||94|
|6||1x925868x4||SINGLE||Craig Carmody||Nathan Berry||11||56kg||94|
|7||21x313131x||RAIN DRUM||Gai Waterhouse||Peter Robl||1||53.5kg||89|
|8||1111×43||YOUR HONOUR||Greg Eurell||Brenton Avdulla||7||53kg||88|
|10||4625536×54||ASHOKAN||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||10||53kg||83|
|11||1x330x11||HOSTING||Greg Eurell||Glyn Schofield||6||53kg||82|
|12||1440×11||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||53kg||74|