Waller Dominates 2015 Shannon Stakes Field

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.

Moriarty

Moriarty is the 59kg top weight in the 2015 Shannon Stakes field at Rosehill Gardens this weekend in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

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