A class field of sprinters eyeing bigger Sydney Spring Racing Carnival targets face off at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday in The Shorts 2015, betting tips for the George Main Stakes Day feature race found right here.
There are just nine short distance specialists facing off in this year’s $200,000 Group 2 The Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m), set to run as Race 4 at 2:30pm (AEST) on the Sydney race card this weekend.
Leading The Shorts betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at a firm $2.50 is the Joe Pride-trained Terravista who defends his title in a race that he won in fine style 12 months ago.
Winner of the Group 1 Darley Classic down the Flemington straight later that spring prep, the same Melbourne feature he heads towards in 2015, the now six-year-old son of Captain Rio kicks off another campaign on Saturday.
He comes off a winning Warwick Farm trial from late last week and boasts an outstanding four-from-six record at Randwick where he’ll appreciate returning at from gate six with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Terravista is followed in The Shorts odds by four other single figure hopes including the flying Shiraz ($4.80) in gate four as he shoots for his fifth win on the trot and third in Group company and a stablemate to the favourite Ball Of Muscle ($7) who are drawn in barriers four and three respectively.
So can Pride take out The Shorts again this season or even run the quinella, or should you be looking at an outside hope for the upset such as the rails-drawn Delectation ($12) representing Sydney best Chris Waller?
#4 Ball Of Muscle ($7)
We’re tipping the upset and going with the longer priced of the two Pride-trained stablemates Ball Of Muscle who might not own the Group 1 record of the better preferred Terravista, but who will get the run of the race second-up from barrier three. The Dubawi five-year-old is yet to finish worse than third in his 14 starts that have netted eight wins, the most recent of those being the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) in Brisbane. Randwick (3-2-0-1) holds no fears and his last run at the track was first-up when third to Shiraz in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m). He’ll strip fitter for that and be harder to beat home when up to a distance he’s undefeated over (2-2-0-0) and his second-up record is also imposing (4-3-1-0) making him the true value in this field.
#1 Terravista ($2.50)
Is the Group 1 winner, race favourite and reigning The Shorts winner and don’t think there will be much in the finish between the two Pride chances this spring. Has only a tiny bit more work to do from gate six, Bowman reunites, first-up record when fresh is outstanding (5-4-0-1) so he’ll be ready to give them something to chances. Has won both his starts at this distance and four of his six previous Randwick runs. Last time at the track was the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) 12th (of 13 runners), but plenty of excuses at the end of the prep over a distance that he probably didn’t’ want.
#7 Shiraz ($4.80)
Can’t knock a horse that has won four on the trot including Group races in Melbourne and Sydney. This Tony McEvoy-trained Zariz six-year-old is lightly raced for his age and still has plenty of wins in him to add to an impressive 10-from-15 record to date. Won the Aurie’s Star down the Flemington straight two back before beating home a number of similar rivals (including third placed Ball Of Muscle) in the Concorde last time out. Will love the extra distance (8-5-2-0) and that was his second run but first win at Randwick where he returns this weekend as a genuine livewire hope again.
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