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.

2021 Shannon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Yonkers
  • 2nd: #8 Discharged
  • 3rd: #5 Reloaded



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 $1.5 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).

In 2019 the Shannon Stakes winner Mister Sea Wolf went on to win the inaugural edition of the $1 million The Gong at Kembla Grange that November.

The latest edition of the Shannon Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday September 25, 2021 and was won in an upset by Yonkers at 40/1. 

Shannon Stakes
Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1978

2021 Shannon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Yonkers
  • 2nd: #8 Discharged
  • 3rd: #5 Reloaded

The Chris Waller-trained Yonkers ($41) handled a rise in grade to scorer a massive upset with a strong late run to nail front runner Discharged right on the line in the 2021 Shannon Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 55.5kg $41
2 8 DISCHARGED Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 0.14L 3 53kg $9.50
3 5 RELOADED Chris Waller Jason Collett 0.35L 6 56kg $17
4 10 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Tim Clark 1.05L 4 53kg $4.40
5 4 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan (a) 1.55L 7 57.5kg $17
6 1 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.03L 1 59kg $2.70F
7 2 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2.22L 2 58kg $9
8 3 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 2.4L 10 57.5kg $12
9 7 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 2.76L 9 53kg $12
10 9 SOLDIER OF LOVE Bjorn Baker Kerrin McEvoy 3.51L 8 53kg $21

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Shannon Stakes Odds

Stay tuned for the top Shannon Stakes 2021 betting odds and Group 2 market links to Ladbrokes.com.au made available right here the week of the race.

I Am Superman ($4.60 in 2020) was the latest Shannon Stakes favourite to win.

2021 Shannon Stakes Field

The Shannon Stakes 2021 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.

The 2021 Shannon Stakes final field features 10 potential Epsom Handicap hopefuls including last start Theo Marks Stakes winner Chat and in-form grey Love Tap.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 03x2007x76 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 1 59kg 106
2 9221420×58 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 58kg 104
3 721x591x78 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 10 57.5kg 103
4 42355×1271 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan (a) 7 57.5kg 103
5 x942119x54 RELOADED Chris Waller Jason Collett 6 56kg 100
6 691441215x YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 55.5kg 99
7 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 9 53kg 97
8 5113x236x6 DISCHARGED Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 3 53kg 92
9 021670×615 SOLDIER OF LOVE Bjorn Baker Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg 91
10 11114x7x01 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Tim Clark 4 53kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Shannon Stakes Nominations

Early nominations on the Shannon Stakes in 2021 are taken the Monday of race week.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 97
2 721x591x78 ARCHEDEMUS G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
3 9221420×58 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings 104
4 42355×1271 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 103
5 5113x236x6 DISCHARGED G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 92
6 03x2007x76 IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 106
7 11114x7x01 LOVE TAP G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 81
8 x1211111x0 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 107
9 x942119x54 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller 100
10 30x348x849 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
11 021670×615 SOLDIER OF LOVE G 6 Bjorn Baker 91
12 691441215x YONKERS (USA) G 6 Chris Waller 99

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2021
Shannon Stakes
1st Yonkers 1 minute 28.21 seconds
2nd Discharged
3rd Reloaded
2020
Shannon Stakes
1st I Am Superman 1 minute 29.10 seconds
2nd Riodini
3rd Looks Like Elvis
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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