Rain Drum has taken out the Group 2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse today September 28, 2013.
The Fastnet Rock gelding won the race by a nose in front of a competitive Centennial Park, who placed second, and Our Dessert Warrior, who finished third.
Rain Drum has now won six of his 11 race starts and has earned more than $234,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
The six-year-old has been out of racing since May 2012 and was paying long odds of $21 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse was elated to see Rain Drum come back on a winning note after so long away from racing.
“He’s a horse that broke down,” said Waterhouse.
“To win first up is very emotional.
“(The owners have) been patient and they’ve let me take my time with him.
“Anything’s the limit. We’ll just wait and see.”
Waterhouse was also pleased with the effort from Our Dessert Warrior who placed third, and Ashokan, who finished in fourth placing.
“I thought Our Dessert Warrior, who was third, could sneak into the Epsom (Handicap),” she revealed.
Rain Drum was ridden by jockey Peter Robl in today’s 2013 Shannon Stakes and was quick to praise Gai Waterhouse for the win.
“It’s a marvellous training effort,” Robl said.
“He was the strongest on the line.
“So all credit goes to Gai on this occasion.”
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2013 Shannon Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||COMPLACENT||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||1||56.5kg||$9|
|2||5||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.2L||12||56.5kg||$3F|
|3||4||DRAGO||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||3L||11||56.5kg||$3.70|
|4||6||HOOKED||John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla||4.5L||7||56.5kg||$8|
|5||2||FUERZA||Bjorn Baker||Hugh Bowman||5.1L||6||56.5kg||$15|
|6||8||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||7.5L||4||56.5kg||$20|
|7||14||FASTNET FLYER||Paul Murray||Ms Kathy O’Hara||8.1L||10||56.5kg||$101|
|8||12||SHIKRA||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||8.5L||3||56.5kg||$21|
|9||10||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||Nathan Berry||9.2L||8||56.5kg||$26|
|10||7||DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE||David Payne||Jason Collett||9.2L||2||56.5kg||$26|
|11||13||DIAMONDROCKER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||10.1L||9||56.5kg||$151|
|12||9||HYDRO||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||14.5L||5||56.5kg||$8|