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The The Shorts (1100m) is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick in September for spring sprinters targeting later Group 1 features.

2017 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #2 Redzel
  • 2nd: #6 Ball Of Muscle
  • 3rd: #9 Nieta

The Shorts is a quality Group 2 race held on George Main Stakes Day at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. Taking place in  mid-September each year, the sprint is featured on the same card as four other Group races including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

The other key support acts on the race card are theGroup 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m).

The Shorts is a short-distance sprint race over 1100m for horses aged three-year-olds and up at set weights plus penalties and is worth $200,000.

Many runners kick off their Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign in The Shorts so looking for the star fresh performers is a good tip, while the best out of The Shorts results may go all the way to Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) in November.

It is now also a key lead-up for sprinters contesting the $10 million The Everest (1200m), a restricted weight-for-age feature held back at Randwick in mid-October on the same day as the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne.

The Shorts 2017 took place on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

2017 The Shorts
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1945
The Shorts Records
Race Record: 1:01.3 set by Redzel in 2017

2017 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #2 Redzel
  • 2nd: #6 Ball Of Muscle
  • 3rd: #9 Neita

Check out the full The Shorts 2017 Race Results and Finishing Order below, the event won in a new record time of 1:01.83 by the $2.50 favourite Redzel in the ideal The Everest lead-up. Only two lengths separated the first four past the post, with value added to The Shorts trifecta by runner-up Ball Of Muscle ($10) who set the pace and the John Thompson-trained mare Nieta ($21) who held off the better-fancied English ($4.40) for third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 5 58kg $2.50F
2 6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 1.3L 7 55kg $10
3 9 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 1.5L 1 53kg $21
4 5 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 1.8L 9 56kg $4.40
5 3 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 2L 3 58kg $15
6 4 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 2.1L 6 57kg $11
7 1 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 2.2L 8 58kg $5.50
8 7 AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam Jason Collett 3.4L 2 55kg $151
9 8 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Andrew Adkins (a) 3.5L 4 54kg $41

2017 The Shorts Odds

The top The Shorts 2017 betting odds and links to the markets at will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2017 The Shorts Field

The Shorts field of final acceptances and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week attracting the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s top sprinters. Many runners in The Shorts field contest the event first-up.

The official The Shorts 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2017 The Shorts Field is now out with a star-studded line-up of nine sprinters in the mix including The Everest hopefuls Chautauqua, Redzel, English and Fell Swoop.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x47x3231x CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 8 58kg 122
2 181x2211x1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 5 58kg 113
3 12516x847x TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 3 58kg 110
4 x323x6639x FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 6 57kg 107
5 470x17266x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 9 56kg 113
6 265x63394x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 7 55kg 103
7 215942245x AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam TBA 2 55kg 72
8 11113x410x ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman TBA 4 54kg 97
9 10112x14x3 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 1 53kg 95

2017 The Shorts Nominations

The Shorts nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday of race week.

The official The Shorts 2017 Nominations attracted 12 short-distance specialists led by triple TJ Smith Stakes winning star Chautauqua who heads towards next month’s The Everest.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x47x3231x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 1 58kg 122
2 181x2211x1 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 58kg 113
3 470x17266x ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2= 56kg 113
4 12516x847x TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore 4 58kg 110
5 x323x6639x FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 5 57kg 107
6 39x650980x JAPONISME G 5 Chris Waller 6 58kg 104
7 265x63394x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride 7 55kg 103
8 11113x410x ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman 8= 54kg 97
9 x19x72630x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 8= 53kg 97
10 10112x14x3 NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 10 53kg 95
11 6x112653x I THOUGHT SO G 4 David Pfieffer 11 55kg 80
12 215942245x AFTER ALL THAT G 6 Rodney Northam 12 55kg 72

The Shorts History

The Shorts is a time-honoured Sydney Spring Racing Carnival sprint race, first contested back in 1867. A number of standout short-distance gallopers have won The Shorts over history including most recently Hot Danish (2010), Terravista (2014) and Takedown (2016). For one year in 2011 the event was conducted at Rosehill over 1200m instead of the 1100m at Royal Randwick. It gained black-type (Listed) status in 1979 and was eventually upgraded to Group 3 and then Group 2 status, increasing the quality of contenders each season.

Recent The Shorts Results

Year Place Horse Time
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Redzel 1 minute 1.83 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Nieta
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1st Takedown 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Kaepernick
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1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 4.67 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Shiraz
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1st Terravista 1 minute 2.48 seconds
2nd I’m All The Talk
3rd Famous Seamus
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1st Sessions 1 minute 3.26 seconds
2nd Aeronautical
3rd Spirit Of Boom
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1st Pampelonne 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Appearance
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1st Love Conquers All 1 minute 8.71 seconds
2nd Albert The Fat
3rd Winter King
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1st Hot Danish 1 minute 9.51 seconds
2nd Whitefriars
3rd Shellscrape
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1st Gold Trail 1 minute 4.82 seconds
2nd Fritz’s Princess
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
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1st Fritz’s Princess 1 minute 4.03 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd Keen Commander
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Race Not Held  
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1st Bentley Biscuit 1 minute 3.36 seconds
2nd Magnus
3rd Spark Of Life
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1st Black Ink 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Mustard
3rd Fumble
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1st Dance The Waves 1 minute 4.61 seconds
2nd Secret Land (NZ)
3rd Legally Bay
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1st Lucky Night 1 minute 4.84 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Poetic Papal
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1st Empire 1 minute 4.11 seconds
2nd Shags
3rd Fouardee
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1st Oamaru Force 1 minute 3.47 seconds
2nd Pembleton
3rd Fair Embrace
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1st Bradshaw 1 minute 3.78 seconds
2nd Guineas
3rd Upright

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