Shannon Stakes 2014 Tips & Selections

One of the key races on the Stan Fox Stakes Day line-up at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday is the 2014 Shannon Stakes, betting tips for the handicap showdown detailed below.

Rock Sturdy

Rock Sturdy is the favourite and Races.com.au tip to win Saturday's 2014 Shannon Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

There are 14 gallopers in the mix for this year’s $175,000 Group 2 It’s Betting Season at TAB Shannon Stakes (1500m) with the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by $3 fancy Rock Sturdy.

Drawn on the rails in barrier one with Corey Brown to ride, Joe Pride’s Fastnet Rock four-year-old comes off some nice lead-up form including a last start second to comeback champ Manawanui in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick just last Saturday.

The shortie in Shannon Stakes betting may be on the short seven day turnaround and going up two kilos to 56kg, but he’s on the improve and the bookies rate him to handle the extra kilos and class in this Group 2.

The only other two paying under $10 to win are then the returning Gai Waterhouse-trained import Excess Knowledge ($6) having just his third run down under and market mover Jetset Lad ($8) for Brisbane horseman Brian Smith.

So will these top three fancies also run top three on the day?

Or is there more value to be had further down the Shannon Stakes odds from the likes of last spring’s Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa ($13) or Rugged Cross ($17) coming off a second in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle on September 17?

1st

#7 Rock Sturdy ($3)

Deserving favourite and think Pride’s stallion will get the job done. Three time winner in 10 starts up in class here on the back of a nice second when just a long neck off the resuming Manawanui in the Bill Ritchie last week. Goes well without too long between runs so should handle the seven day back-up okay. The 1400m suited and an extra 100m would have seen him win so he gets that over the 1500m here. Back-to-back winner over 1350m and 1400m respectively in August including at this track where he’s yet to finish out of the money. On the improve and ready to strike from the inside alley.

2nd

#10 Tougher Than Ever ($17)

Wouldn’t be a Group race in Sydney without a Chris Waller-trained runner in the mix. Drawn in barrier three this New Zealand-bred stallion has hit and miss form, but think he’s ready to hit this time. Two back ran seventh to Cluster in the Group 2 Theo Marks but improved in the Bill Ritchie, the form of which we’re tipping to stand up, last weekend when third behind the winner and his main rival here, runner-up Rock Sturdy. Met Rock Sturdy equal on 54kg there but this time carries a kilo less so that could help give him the upper hand for round two.

3rd

#5 Jetset Lad ($8)

Smith’s Brisbane raider goes up three kilos to 56kg here on the back of a Theo Marks fourth on September 13 so that’s the test. But the money is coming as the experienced Elusive City seven-year-old, having his 52nd career start, has firmed in from $9. Has run fourth or better in his past five runs including a first-up Doomben win at home on August 30. Also has winning form in black type company up to a mile so extra distance here with two runs behind him can see him finish top three with the right luck.

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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change

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