Chris Waller has the top-rated entry for the 2011 The Shorts at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, Sydney’s leading trainer set to resume his Group 1 winning veteran Danleigh in the George Main Stakes Day showdown.
There were 13 horses nominated for the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1200m) this year, a race won by the late great Hot Danish 12 months ago.
Last year’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes winner Danleigh has been nominated to race first-up for the season in The Shorts 2011, the eight-year-old last seen finishing sixth behind Hay List in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 23.
Waller also paid the early entry fee for Albert The Fat in The Shorts nominations, the seven-year-old yet to step out for their new trainer having previously been prepared by Scone-based horseman Paul Messara.
One of the trainers of the moment, Peter Snowden, also boasts multiple 2011 The Shorts nominees with Lonhro six-year-old Skytrain who comes off a game win in the Listed Show County Quality (1200m) at Warwick Farm on August 20 and Command sour-year-old Soul.
A Group 2 winner last spring at Flemington, Soul has had two runs this season finishing fourth on both occasions including their credible last-start effort in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m).
Concorde Stakes’ winner Decision Time and runner-up Winter King are also among the noteworthy horses in contention for The Shorts 2011 field.
The Clarry Conners-trained Foreplay four-year-old Decision Time hasn’t been beaten since their close-up fourth behind Toorak Toff in the 2010 Golden Rose in August last year having gone on to win four successive black-types.
David Payne’s One Cool Cat five-year-old Winter King has also been a picture of consistency running a narrow second in all three of their starts this season.
The 2011 The Shorts final field and barrier draw will be released tomorrow and published here at Races.com.au along with a detailed race and betting preview.
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2011 The Shorts Nominations
|1||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||–|
|3||DECISION TIME||Clarry Conners||109|
|4||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||101|
|5||EGO’S DARE||Gerald Ryan||96|
|6||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|8||PERSIAN STORM||Patrick & Wayne Webster||62|
|11||TOP DROP||Gerald Ryan||85|
|12||WINTER KING (NZ)||David Payne||102|