A classy field of 14 three-year-olds and up has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, led by Joseph Pride’s Rock Sturdy. Saturday’s field offers punters a range of exceptionally valued bets and the opportunity to place a winning wager.
The Joseph Pride-trained Rock Sturdy has won three of his 10 career starts, and placed in a further five, including the Early Quaddie (1400m) at Randwick Racecourse in August. Partnered with jockey Corey Brown, the horse will enjoy the highly favorable rails run after drawing barrier one.
This alone helped Rock Sturdy enter the 2014 Shannon Stakes market as outright $3 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Excess Knowledge ($6) and Jetset Lad ($9), even though there are more competitive horses on the field.
Now is the perfect time for punters to place a bet, as there are a number of runners with a strong chance at stealing the victory paying in the double digits. These include Epic, Ninth Legion, and Zephyron.
The Kelly Schweida-trained miler Epic ($15) has experienced great success over 1600m and is rated one of the best metric mile horses produced in Brisbane for years. He’s won three of his four starts at Doomben this season and will finally get a step up in class come Saturday.
Overall he boasts five wins and two placings from seven 1600m starts despite the six-year-old being dogged by injury. He has rarely stepped out in elite company but Schweida is confident he’ll hold his own.
“He has been so consistent and brave. It is a miracle he is racing at all and he deserves a crack at better races,” Schweida said to Sky Racing.
A start from barrier five under jockey Sam Clipperton may give Epic the 2014 Shannon Stakes. He’s an outside bet but could easily cause an upset.
Team Hawkes’ classy gelding Ninth Legion ($10) has unfortunately been charged with overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 14 in the 2014 Shannon Stakes under jockey James McDonald, which is what pushed him to double digits betting.
The five-year-old has claimed five wins and as many minor placings from his 23 career starts. He’s been off his game for most of the year, but came back strong in the Group 2 Theo James Stakes (1400m) managing a third-place finish.
The Hawkes are set to launch a double attack on the 2014 Shannon Stakes, with Zephyron ($19) also lining up under Robert Thompson.
The six-year-old was a standout performer for the stable through the 2014 Autumn and Winter Carnivals, winning both the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (200m) and Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) before placing a fighting third in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 7th.
The Hawkes’ are confident the Zabeel gelding can settle in prime position from the reasonably wide barrier 11 this weekend. At $19, he would be a lucrative winning bet.
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