Looking for this year’s Shannon Stakes betting markets, odds, field & tips? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Shannon Stakes, Rosehill

Run over 1,500 metres, the Shannon Stakes is a Group 2 race taking place at Rosehill Racecourse as part of September’s Golden Rose Stakes Day. With a $300,000 prize purse as of 2023, it attracts lots of middle-distance runners, mainly from New South Wales, and it can serve as a potential lead-up into the $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange in November. Mister Sea Wolf (2019) was the latest horse to do the Shannon Stakes – The Gong race double

This race has been run over several distances. For its first 12 years it was run at 1500 metres. In 1991, it was run at 1550 metres, before returning to 1500 metres for the next 8 years. In 2001, it was run at 1400 metres, followed by its current length of 1500, which it has stayed at since 2002.

Starting out as a Principal Race, it then progressed to Group 3 status in 1985, followed by Group 2 in 2001.

The horse that wins this race is exempt from the ballot in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) held the following month at Royal Randwick. 

Ellsberg (3rd in 2022) was the last Shannon Stakes graduate to back-up and win the Epsom Handicap. He further franked the 2022 Shannon Stakes form also completing the Five Diamond Prelude – The Five Diamonds double that spring.

Shannon Stakes 2023 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
  • Track Location: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Prize Purse: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1978
  • 2023 Shannon Stakes Winner: Cepheus

shannon Stakes 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Shannon Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 23, 2023. 

  1. #3 Cepheus
  2. #10 Williamsburg
  3. #7 Waterford

The 2023 Shannon Stakes winner was the Matthew Dunn-trained Cepheus ($4.20) who came up the inside late to post a stylish victory ahead of his November 7th target in Sydney’s $3 million The Big Dance race.

Shannon Stakes Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Shannon Stakes, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Shannon Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Shannon Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Shannon Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Shannon Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Shannon Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Shannon Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Shannon Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Shannon Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Shannon Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Shannon Stakes in 2023

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Shannon Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Shannon Stakes 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Shannon Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Which Horse Will Win The Shannon Stakes in 2023

The best way to pick which horse will win the Shannon Stakes in 2023 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry and look at their previous record in similar spring races. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Shannon Stakes winner include: 

  • Local Runners – Look for NSW bred horses that have done well at distances of 1400 metres and up.
  • Best Lead Up – The Theo Marks Stakes is your best chance of a preview.

Shannon Stakes Favourites 2023

Early favourites in 2023 Shannon Stakes betting include the Chris Waller-trained Waterford coming off a third in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes, Matthew Dunn’s South Grafton Cup winner Cepheus to be ridden by the in-form Nash Rawiller, and progressive Snitzel entire Williamsburg who ran third in the autumn’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. 

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

Shannon Stakes Field 2023

The official Shannon Stakes 2023 field of final acceptances will be published below as soon as released on the Wednesday of race week.

The 2023 Shannon Stakes final field features a quality line-up of potential Group 1-bound spring gallopers led in betting by the Chris Waller-trained Rosehill specialist Waterford coming off a nice third first-up in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes behind Golden Mile. 

Shannon Stakes 2023 tips

Favourite: #7 Waterford ($2.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #10 Williamsburg ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #6  Lion’s Roar ($31 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our insider 2023 Shannon Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Shannon Stakes Race Day 2023

The 2023 Shannon Stakes takes place on Saturday, the 23rd of September, 2023 as part of the Golden Rose Stakes Day card. The Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds is the highlight at the meeting, which also includes the: 

Shannon Stakes Barrier Draw 2023

The 2023 Shannon Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public on the Wednesday of race week and published in our above Shannon Stakes Field section. 

Shannon Stakes 2023 Nominations

2023 Shannon Stakes nominations close at 11:00 AM on Monday, the 18th of September, 2023. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 31x69x04x7 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 7 John O’Shea 1 59kg 59kg 106
2 111x419x64 ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 56.5kg 105
3 x79x9187x0 NEW MANDATE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 3= 58kg 58kg 104
4 2115x0x06x MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 3= 56kg 56kg 104
5 2310234215 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 5 57.5kg 57.5kg 103
6 338x2140x0 CROSS TALK (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 6 56kg 56kg 100
7 025x80020x LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 99
8 1111432×14 SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes 8 55kg 55kg 98
9 1191x520x3 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 9 54.5kg 54.5kg 97
10 30x54131x0 COMMANDO HUNT G 6 Cameron Crockett 10 54kg 53.5kg 95
11 03x54038x0 FLYING CRAZY G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11= 54kg 53kg 90
12 30x820200x SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 11= 54kg 53kg 90
13 5x745303x4 WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 11= 54kg 53kg 90
14 1125×48314 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 14 54kg 53kg 80
15 x10250x503 BYRON BELLE M 4 John Sargent 15 54kg 53kg 69
16 30942110×0 SPECIAL SWEY (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 16 54kg 53kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Shannon Stakes 2023 Weights

A handicap applies to this race. Final 2023 Shannon Stakes weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 19th of September, 2023 with weights on the final runners to be published in our above Shannon Stakes Field section.

2023 Shannon Stakes Top-Weight:

  • #1 Kirwan’s Lane (59kg)

Shannon Stakes 2023 Acceptances

2023 Shannon Stakes final acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 20th of September, 2023 and will be published in our above Shannon Stakes Field section. 

Shannon Stakes 2023 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 20th of September, 2023 and the official 2023 Shannon Stakes jockeys will be published in our above Shannon Stakes Field section. 

Shannon Stakes Scratchings 2023

2023 Shannon Stakes scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 23rd of September, 2023. 

Shannon Stakes Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Shannon Stakes prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $170,000
2nd $56,000
3rd $27,250
4th $13,250
5th $7,250
6th $3,750
7th $3,750
8th $3,750
9th $3,750
10th $3,750

Shannon Stakes Race Number 2023

The 2023 Shannon Stakes race number is scheduled as Rosehill Race 7 at 3:20pm (AEST) on Saturday, the 23rd of September, 2023. There are ten races in total that day at Rosehill Racecourse.

Shannon Stakes 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Shannon Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Shannon Stakes Live 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Shannon Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing NSW

Shannon Stakes Winners

Winners of the Shannon Stakes going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. To see the full list of winners, please check out our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2023 Cepheus Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 57.5 kgs 1:28.51
2022 Surf Dancer Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 53.5 kgs 1:29.77
2021 Yonkers Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 55.5 kgs 1:28.21
2020 I Am Superman Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 54.5 kgs 1:29.10
2019 Mister Sea Wolf Chris Waller James McDonald 58.5 kgs 1:29.11
2018 Noire Chris Waller Tommy Berry 53.5 kgs 1:29.62
2017 Washington Heights Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 55 kgs 1:28.80
2016 Moral Victory Tim Martin Jason Collett 53 kgs 1:28.06
2015 Vashka John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 53 kgs 1:29.25
2014 Rock Sturdy Joseph Pride Corey Brown 56 kgs 1:28.80
2013 Rain Drum Gai Waterhouse Peter Robl 53.5 kgs 1:29.30
2012 Rolling Pin Gwenda Markwell Corey Brown 57 kgs 1:31.18
2011 King Lionheart Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 52 kgs 1:28.56
2010 Firebolt Roger James Daniel Ganderton 52 kgs 1:28.54
2009 Drumbeats Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 52 kgs 1:30.13
2008 Musket Peter Snowden Corey Brown 52.5 kgs 1:30.56
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Stormhill Tim Martin Jim Cassidy 54.5 kgs 1:28.43
2005 Lotteria Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 56.5 kgs 1:30.21
2004 Nips Clarry Conners James Innes 52 kgs 1:28.27
2003 Sportsman Gregory Hickman Zac Purton 55.5 kgs 1:28.09
2002 Gordo John Hawkes Corey Brown 56 kgs 1:29.70
2001 On Type Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 53 kgs 1:22.42
2000 Al Mansour John Size Lenny Beasley 55.5 kgs 1:29.50