Chris Waller plays a dominant hand numbers wise in the Shannon Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Racecourse this weekend preparing four of the 11 runners in the Golden Pendant Day showdown.
The five-time Sydney Premiership winning trainer is yet to lock in jockeys for three of his quartet in the $175,000 Group 2 Leonay Plumbing Shannon Stakes (1500m) that is set to run as Race 7 at 4:25pm (AEST) on Saturday.
He prepares the race’s top weight Moriarty (59kg) who has the inside run from barrier one, the veteran Clodovil eight-year-old not having won a race since travelling to WA last December to take out the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m).
Drawn the opposite end of the Shannon Stakes field for Waller is his Underwood Stakes winner from this weekend in Melbourne last year Foreteller, a nine-year-old warhorse looking to break a year long drought from gate 10 of 11.
Waller’s other two runners are the even older Danehill Dancer 10-year-old I’m Imposing (barrier seven) who ran third in the Doomben Cup back in May and Flamingo Star in gate four with Hugh Bowman booked in for the ride aboard the German import.
Coming off better lead-up form than Waller’s four are the likes of the Team Hawkes-trained Ninth Legion drawn in barrier two and the Ciaron Maher-trained Akavoroun in nine with Glyn Schofield in the saddle.
Fastnet Rock six-year-old Ninth Legion (58kg) ran third first-up beaten under half a length by Waller’s Epsom Handicap-bound mare Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) and has a good second-up record (7-2-2-1) he’ll be out to add to this weekend.
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes have also accepted for Lonhro seven-year-old Messene (barrier three) who carries 58.5kg equal with Foreteller and the lightly weighted God’s In Him (53kg).
God’s Own six-year-old God’s In Him is only lightly raced as well with five wins from 11 runs on his record so far including three straight victories in Sydney with back-to-back Randwick wins on Heavy tracks during the winter followed by a narrow Rosehill win over 1400m first-up a fortnight ago carrying 58.5kg.
He’ll thrive with the drop back in weights this weekend but is up in class racing in stakes’ company for the first time in the Shannon Stakes.
Maher’s Akavoroun is also second-up on Saturday, the six-year-old’s lead-up run being a brave second to former WA galloper Disposition in the Listed Tontonan Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12.
He travels to Sydney this weekend for the first time looking to capitalise on that form debuting at Rosehill where he’ll need to handle the opposite way of racing.
The other Shannon Stakes final acceptors this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival are Paul Perry’s Cameron Handicap third placegetter form last Friday at his home Newcastle track Wouldnt It Be Nice in the outside alley, the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel five-year-old Vashka and the in-form Foreign Prince for local trainer David Payne.
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2015 Shannon Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 (4:25pm) – 26/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x80429x00||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||TBA||1||59kg||107|
|2||9698464×79||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||10||58.5kg||106|
|3||17x299x538||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||3||58.5kg||106|
|4||4x127202x3||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||2||58kg||105|
|5||21x03336x9||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||7||57.5kg||104|
|6||1411x82x09||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||56.5kg||102|
|7||6745x458x2||AKAVOROUN||Ciaron Maher||Glyn Schofield||9||54kg||97|
|8||0315838873||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Thomas Huet||11||53.5kg||96|
|9||11111x0x37||VASHKA||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||8||53kg||94|
|10||7666×34142||FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ)||David Payne||TBA||6||53kg||87|
|11||54313x11x1||GOD’S IN HIM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||5||53kg||84|