12 Horse The Shorts Field 2014 Released

After attracting 20 nominations earlier in the week, this Saturday’s 2014 The Shorts field features a dozen gallopers for the George Main Stakes Day closing act at Randwick Racecourse.

Famous Seamus

Group 1 winner Famous Seamus is after his maiden first-up win since a debut victory in 2011 this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Running as last event on an eight race program in Sydney this weekend, the $200,000 Group 2 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m) jumps at 5:05pm.

Heading the field and weights with 58kg and a wide barrier 11 draw to overcome is the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Famous Seamus, winner of the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in Brisbane back in May.

The Elusive City six-year-old hasn’t been seen since running a disappointing 11th to River Lad in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) on June 7.

While the horse is a two time winner at The Shorts track and distance, his Hawkesbury-based trainer isn’t getting too excited over his first-up chances this weekend as Famous Seamus hasn’t won first-up since a win on debut at Gosford back in 2011.

“His first-up run isn’t terrific, so we will just get it out of the way,” Mayfield-Smith told Racing Ahead.

The horse to beat meanwhile looks to be the Joe Pride-trained Terravista drawn ideally in barrier four with Corey Brown to ride.

A consistent Captain Rio gelding, five-year-old Terravista was last seen winning the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at the track on August 23.

His Randwick record is flawless with three wins from as many starts, and he is also undefeated over the 1100m.

Also coming off a last start win and shooting for back-to-back wins is the Paul Perry-trained Wouldnt It Be Nice.

The upcoming Choisir four-year-old has been up for a while and racing very competitively including two weeks ago at Randwick when thriving on a Heavy (9) course to beat home Nuclear Class in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).

The known mudlark, drawn in barrier seven with Sam Clipperton retaining the ride, however must handle a Dead-rated track this weekend which he is yet to win on.

Also coming via the Concorde Stakes are fourth placed Danerich gelding Didntcostalot and fifth placegetter I’m All The Talk, winner of the Group 3 Skyline Stakes back in March, for Gary Portelli.

Other hopes coming off good lead-up form include Tony McEvoy’s Group 3 The Heath runner-up Rifleman, Adelaide stakes winning mare Angels Beach and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Choisir mare I’ve Got The Looks who has won three of her past five starts.

Also in the mix are the likes of the returning John O’Shea-trained Safeguard and Anthony Cummings’ Group 1 The Galaxy third placegetter Villa Verde who ran sixth to Iconic first-up at Moonee Valley on August 23.

See below for the full The Shorts 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights plus penalties.

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2014 The Shorts Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 8 (5:05pm) – 20/09/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5x3905190x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 11 58kg 109
2 1430x6400x SESSIONS John O’Shea James McDonald 6 57kg 105
3 1112x110x1 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 4 56.5kg 107
4 2638x0256x SAFEGUARD John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 92
5 0x42463341 WOULDNT IT BE NICE Paul Perry Sam Clipperton 7 56kg 95
6 x2410x46x5 I’M ALL THE TALK Gary Portelli Brenton Avdulla 1 56kg 88
7 440x1384x6 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings Tye Angland 5 55kg 105
8 x73x1x558x WHITTINGTON Chris Waller Zac Purton 3 55kg 97
9 8x244130x4 DIDNTCOSTALOT Marc Conners Jason Collett 2 55kg 92
10 4x2690x122 RIFLEMAN Tony McEvoy 12 55kg 87
11 x245x111x2 ANGELS BEACH Peter G Moody 9 53kg 95
12 815413×131 I’VE GOT THE LOOKS Peter & Paul Snowden Timothy Bell 10 53kg 90


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