The PJ O'Shea Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held annually in late May or early June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2200 metres and worth $250,000 in prize money. The 2019 PJ O'Shea Stakes was won by Kenedna from Sixties Groove with Re Edit third.
Raced recently as the 'Eagle Farm Cup' and usually held on Gr1 Queensland Oaks Day during the three-day Eagle Farm racing carnival. The PJ O'Shea Stakes was abandoned for the 2015/2016 racing season after the Oaks Day meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.
|Date:||Saturday 30th May 2020|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
The PJ O'Shea Stakes is a weight-for-age distance race over 2200m that suits the classier types entered due to the level weights conditions of the event. The race often attracts a quality galloper and has been won by some very good horses over the years, including Yippio (2001), Intergaze (1998), The Phantom Chance (1996) and Rough Habit (1995).
Horses from this race may go on to tackle the Gr2 Brisbane Cup over 2400m the following week at the same track. Lights Of Heaven (2012) was the last galloper to take out the PJ O'Shea Stakes & Brisbane Cup double, while Scenic Shot (2009) also managed the same feat three years earlier. Moriarty (4th in 2013) won the Brisbane Cup at his next start after running fourth in this race.
The Gr1 Doomben Cup has proven to be a reliable guide to this race over the years and Kenedna (2019) was the last galloper to win the Doomben Cup & PJ O'Shea Stakes double,. Lights Of Heaven (2012) finished runner-up on her way to scoring in this race.
In recent times Glass Harmonium (2011), Triple Honour (2010), Natural Blitz (2005) and Pentastic (2004) all placed in the Doomben Cup before winning this race, while Sixties Groove (3rd in 2019), Rampant Lion (2nd in 2008) & Gaze (2nd in 2007) placed in both races.
Kenedna (2019) captured the Doomben Cup over 2000m at Doomben before proving a class above her rivals in this event for Caulfied based training duo Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
Recent PJ O'Shea Stakes winners include Egg Tart (2018) and Single Gaze (2017).
1. $3.80 Kenedna 57.0 John Allen
2. $3.60 Sixties Groove 59.0 Damien Oliver
3. $31.00 Re Edit 54.0 Robbie Fradd
4. $4.40 Life Less Ordinary 59.0 Corey Brown
5. $4.40 Shillelagh 57.0 James McDonald
6. $101.00 Mrs Madrid 54.0 Larry Cassidy
7. $15.00 Tally 59.0 Tim Clark
8. $26.00 Big Duke 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $41.00 Stars Of Carrum 56.0 Michael Cahill
10. $101.00 Sampson 59.0 Mark Du Plessis
11. $91.00 On The Rocks 59.0 Jake Bayliss
Margins: 1.75 len, 0.20 len
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|2019||Kenedna||Sixties Groove||Re Edit||2:14.4|
|2017||Single Gaze||Rudy||High Church||2:19.2|
|2012||Lights Of Heaven||Scenic Shot||Ginga Dude||2:19.0|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Shoot Out||Scenic Shot||2:15.1|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Mirkola Lass||Fulmonti||2:20.9|
|2008||Scenic Shot||Rampant Lion||Dougs Mate||2:19.2|
|2006||Mahtoum||Art Success||Gorgeous George||2:30.7|
|2005||Natural Blitz||Zumanity||Regal Punch||2:30.0|
|2003||Maguire||County Tyrone||Grey Song||2:30.5|
|2002||Hey Pronto||Freemason||Prized Gem||2:28.1|
|2001||Yippyio||Citi Habit||King Keitel||2:25.6|
|2000||Kens Joy||Make Mine Magic||Yippyio||2:28.7|
|1997||Pakaraka Star||Desert Chill||Sharscay||2:36.6|
|1996||The Phantom Chance||French Resort||Dupain||2:28.2|
|1995||Rough Habit||Oppressor||Desert Chill||2:26.7|
|1994||Full Suit||Potential Star||Cross Swords||2:27.1|
|1993||Dark Ksar||Air Seattle||Cool Affair||2:30.3|
|1992||Mountain Rule||Mr Eurostar||Zinders||2:29.5|
|1991||Magnolia Hall =1||Spring Thaw =1||Aquidity||2:32.6|
|1990||Shuzohra||Chill Factor||Dr Grace||2:32.2|
|1988||Lord Hybrow||Cark Shark||Colour Page||2:31.6|
The 2018 PJ O'Shea Stakes was held at the Sunshine Coast, while the 2016 edition never took place.