Shannon Stakes

The Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on Golden Rose Day as a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.

2019 Shannon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mister Sea Wolf
  • 2nd: #3 Gem Song
  • 3rd: #4 Tom Melbourne



The Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 thoroughbred race held during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on Golden Rose Stakes Day in late September. Conducted at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, there are five Group status races on the program including the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds and the Group 2 $400,000 Golden Pendant (1400m) for fillies and mares.

The Shannon Stakes is a middle-distance event raced over 1500m. A quality handicap for three-year-olds and up, it offers $200,000 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) a fortnight before.

The Shannon Stakes is the ideal lead-up race to the prestigious Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in two weeks’ time at Randwick with the winner exempt from both ballot and penalty for the $1 million Randwick race run the following Saturday. Some quality runners have claimed victory in the Shannon Stakes including Al Mansour (2000), Armed For Action (1998) and Juggler (1996).

The latest edition of the Shannon Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday September 28, 2019 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Mister Sea Wolf. 

Shannon Stakes
Date: Saturday September 28, 2019
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1978

2019 Shannon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mister Sea Wolf
  • 2nd: #3 Gem Song
  • 3rd: #4 Tom Melbourne

Trainer Chris Waller is unlikely to run his Shannon Stakes 2019 winner Mister Sea Wolf on the quick back-up in the Epsom Handicap despite the UK import enjoying a ballot free ride into the Group 1 with his 1.3 length win over the favourite Gem Song in the Golden Rose Stakes Day event. Waller enjoyed back-to-back Shannon Stakes wins following his 2018 success with Noire who ran fourth in her failed title defense.

Read more on the 2019 Shannon Stakes Results dominated by Mister Sea Wolf.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg $9.50
2 3 GEM SONG Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 1.3L 6 56.5kg $2.40F
3 4 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1.8L 1 56kg $12
4 5 NOIRE Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.2L 5 55kg $6.50
5 7 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.4L 3 54kg $5.50
6 8 ABDON (GB) Chris Waller Jay Ford 5.2L 7 53.5kg $51
7 6 AVANTAGE Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 6L 8 54.5kg $6
8 2 VOLPE VELOCE Graham Richardson Andrew Adkins 7.3L 4 56.5kg $41

2019 Shannon Stakes Odds

Stay tuned for the top Shannon Stakes 2019 betting odds and Group 2 market links to Ladbrokes.com.au made available right here the week of the race.

2019 Shannon Stakes Field

The Shannon Stakes 2019 field of final acceptances and barrier draw are released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading up to Golden Rose Day and traditionally feature Epsom Handicap-bound milers out of lead-up races like the Theo Marks Stakes.

There are just eight final acceptors for the Shannon Stakes 2019 field led in betting by the Kris Lees-trained Group 1 performer Gem Song racing second-up from gate six on the back of a Theo Marks Stakes third.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 050x1200x6 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg 107
2 42414814×9 VOLPE VELOCE Graham Richardson Andrew Adkins 4 56.5kg 107
3 2x154134x3 GEM SONG Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 6 56.5kg 103
4 16932225×8 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 56kg 102
5 x6073447x5 NOIRE Chris Waller Jason Collett 5 55kg 104
6 21x1x13x28 AVANTAGE Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 8 54.5kg 103
7 4449x16x40 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 54kg 102
8 16x725154x ABDON (GB) Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 53.5kg 97

2019 Shannon Stakes Nominations

The Shannon Stakes 2019 nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be available in full below as soon as announced.

The 2019 Shannon Stakes nominations attracted 19 early entries including nine for premier horseman Chris Waller who won the race last year with Noire (2018). Star Of The Seas is the best fancied of the Waller contingent this spring, while early markets are led by the Kris Lees-trained Gem Song who ran third in the Theo Marks Stakes first-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 16x725154x ABDON (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 97
2 21x1x13x28 AVANTAGE M 4 Jamie Richards 103
3 214144641x CELEBRITY DREAM (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller 98
4 4449x16x40 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
5 x4131x1x43 DESERT LORD G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
6 3033x432x7 EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 102
7 x60110x676 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108
8 432200×396 FUNDAMENTALIST M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
9 2x154134x3 GEM SONG H 4 Kris Lees 103
10 x73810x237 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 108
11 41x5496x04 KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 97
12 1311113×00 LE JUGE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 99
13 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 108
14 050x1200x6 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 107
15 x6073447x5 NOIRE M 6 Chris Waller 104
16 11x34017x4 REDOUBLE G 6 Bjorn Baker 102
17 2113211×49 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 99
18 16932225×8 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 102
19 42414814×9 VOLPE VELOCE M 6 Graham Richardson 107

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): 1:28.0 set by Moral Victory in 2016
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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Shannon Stakes
1st Mister Sea Wolf 1 minute 29.11 seconds
2nd Gem Song
3rd Tom Melbourne
2018
Shannon Stakes
1st Noire 1 minute 29.62 seconds
2nd Kingsguard
3rd Youngstar
2017
Shannon Stakes
1st Washington Heights 1 minute 28.80 seconds
2nd Mighty Lucky
3rd Imposing Lass
2016
Shannon Stakes
1st Moral Victory 1 minute 28 seconds
2nd Caped Crusader
3rd Cosmic Cube
2015
Shannon Stakes
1st Vashka 1 minute 29.2 seconds
2nd God’s In Him
3rd Messene
2014
Shannon Stakes
1st Rock Sturdy 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Liberty’s Choice
3rd Ninth Legion
2013
Shannon Stakes
1st Rain Drum 1 minute 29.3 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Our Desert Warrior
2012
Shannon Stakes
1st Rolling Pin 1 minute 31.18 seconds
2nd Offenders
3rd Fat Al
2011
Shannon Stakes
1st King Lionheart 1 minute 28.56 seconds
2nd Fast Clip
3rd Lone Command
2010
Shannon Stakes
1st Firebolt 1 minute 28.54 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Sacred Choice
2009
Shannon Stakes
1st Drumbeats 1 minute 30.1 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Strat’s Flyer
2008
Shannon Stakes
1st Musket 1 minute 30.56 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Shannon Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Shannon Stakes
1st Stormhill 1 minute 28.43 seconds
2nd Temple Hills
3rd Newton’s Rings
2005
Shannon Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 30.21 seconds
2nd Studebaker
3rd Swick
2004
Shannon Stakes
1st Nips 1 minute 28.27 seconds
2nd Whoc
3rd Irongail
2003
Shannon Stakes
1st Sportsman 1 minute 28.09 seconds
2nd Amex
3rd Nips
2002
Shannon Stakes
1st Gordo 1 minute 29.7 seconds
2nd Shot Of Thunder
3rd Evander
2001
Shannon Stakes
1st On Type 1 minute 22.42 seconds
2nd Century Kid
3rd Diamond Dane
2000
Shannon Stakes
1st Al Mansour 1 minute 29.5 seconds
2nd Chinhoyi
3rd Varicool

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