The 2016 Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 thoroughbred race held towards the end of the exciting Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on Golden Pendant Day in late September. Conducted at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, there are five quality Group races at the meeting. They are the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m), Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes.
The Shannon Stakes is a middle-distance event raced over 1500m. A quality handicap for three-year-olds and up, it offers $175,000 in stakes. There are a number of earlier races held at the carnival that Shannon Stakes contenders may have previously run in including the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) the previous week, Group 2 Tramway Quality Handicap (1400m) a fortnight before at Randwick and the Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1300m) in mid-August for three-year-olds.
The Shannon Stakes is the ideal lead-up race to the prestigious Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in two weeks time at Randwick. Some quality runners have claimed victory in the Shannon Stakes including Al Mansour (2000), Armed For Action (1998) and Juggler (1996).
|2016 Shannon Stakes|
|Date:||24 September, 2016|
|Track:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
|Conditions:||3YO & Up – Quality Handicap|
2016 Shannon Stakes Field
The Shannon Stakes 2016 field of final acceptances and barrier draw were released by Racing NSW on Wednesday September 21 and featured 10 runners before the early scratching of the Chris Waller-trained top-weight Counterattack and More To Gain. The Shannon Stakes field is now down to eight starters with Hi World for Lee & Anthony Freedman the current favourite.
See below for the complete 2016 Shannon Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw complete with the updated Shannon Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Shannon Stakes Nominations
The Shannon Stakes 2016 nominations closed on Monday September 19 and feature 10 early entries including the Chris Waller-trained Counterattack who is also nominated for Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) down at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.
Shannon Stakes History
Named in honour of the brilliant Hollywood Gold Cup victor and Hall of Fame inductee Shannon, the Shannon Stakes was first run in 1978 as a Principal race run over 1500m and For All Season was the inaugural winner. The following year in 1979 the race status was increased to a Listed event and the distance was decreased to 1400m. In 1985 it was installed as a Group 3 race and the length was increased back to the original distance of 1500m. Finally in 2001 the Shannon Stakes was elevated to its current Group 2 status and for one year was run over 1400m. The next year in 2002 the distance reverted back to 1500m again. The race was not held in 2007 due to an outbreak of the equine influenza.
|Shannon Stakes Records|
|Race Record (1500m):||1:28.09 set by the Sportsman in 2003|
|Heaviest Weight Carried to Victory:||60kg by Juggler in 1996|
|Lightest Weight Carried to Victory:||48.5kg For All Seasons in 1978|
|Most Successful Jockeys:||Two jockeys have won the Shannon Stakes four times.
R. Quinton with For All Seasons (1978), Dalmacia (1982), Eastern Bay (1984) and Never Quit ( 1987).
L. Beasley with Quick Flick (1997), Al Mansour (2000), On Type (2001) and Lotteria (2005).
Recent Shannon Stakes Winners
|1st||Moral Victory||1 minute 28 seconds|
|1st||Vashka||1 minute 29.2 seconds|
|2nd||God’s In Him|
|1st||Rock Sturdy||1 minute 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Rain Drum||1 minute 29.3 seconds|
|3rd||Our Desert Warrior|
|1st||Rolling Pin||1 minute 31.18 seconds|
|1st||King Lionheart||1 minute 28.56 seconds|
|1st||Firebolt||1 minute 28.54 seconds|
|1st||Drumbeats||1 minute 30.1 seconds|
|1st||Musket||1 minute 30.56 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Stormhill||1 minute 28.43 seconds|
|1st||Lotteria||1 minute 30.21 seconds|
|1st||Nips||1 minute 28.27 seconds|
|1st||Sportsman||1 minute 28.09 seconds|
|1st||Gordo||1 minute 29.7 seconds|
|2nd||Shot Of Thunder|
|1st||On Type||1 minute 22.42 seconds|
|1st||Al Mansour||1 minute 29.5 seconds|