(1941-1955) was an outstanding Australian Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse
new track records in Australia and the US. Sired
from the mare Idle Words by Magpie*, he was owned and trained by
Peter Riddle who paid £367 for him as a yearling.
Already a winner of the 1945 AJC Epsom
Shannon is probably best remembered for not winning
the same race the next year. A short-priced favourite for the
running Shannon missed the start and did
not move from his starting position until the rest of the field had
travelled approximately 100 metres. Despite the setback his jockey
took off after the field and failed only by half a head to catch
the winner Blue Legend.
When his owner-trainer died he was sold to W.J. Smith for £27,300 and
only raced four more times in Australia before being sold again,
this time to America Neil
McCarthy for a reported £52,000.
His last start in Australia ended in defeat finishing second to
in the 1947
In total he raced 25 times in Australia for 14 wins with other
prominent wins including the AJC George Main Stakes
and the AJC Sires Produce Stakes
Racing in the United States
California in 1948, new owner Neil McCarthy entrusted
Shannon's race conditioning to trainer, William Molter.
Racetrack in June he won the Argonaut Handicap then on 17 July, won the
most prestigious race of his American career, the Hollywood Gold Cup. At Golden Gate
Fields on 17 October 1948 Shannon equaled the world record
of 1:47 3/5 for the mile and one eighth in winning the Forty Niner
Stakes then just one week later at the same track equaled the world
record of 1:59 4/5 for a mile and a quarter while capturing the
Golden Gate Handicap. In November he won his last race, the San
Francisco Handicap at Tanforan Racetrack.
US$300,000 to a breeding syndicate led by Leslie Combs II,
Shannon was retired to stud duty and
stood alongside another Australian champion Bernborough at Combs' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington,
Kentucky where he had a successful career as a sire.
Eleven of his first crop yearlings averaged $11,755 each.The best
of his progeny being Clem ($535,681) who defeated Round Table
in track record time in the Washington Park Handicap
and Sea O
Erin ($407,259) who won the Citation
and 18 other races.
In 1955, Shannon broke a leg and was humanely euthanized
. He is buried at Spendthrift Farm
Shannon was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of
on 4 July 2006.