The Shorts

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

2020 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #3 Classique Legend
  • 2nd: #5 Eduardo
  • 3rd: #1 Bivouac



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 the Group 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 now worth a lucrative $500,000 in prizemoney.

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 Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) in November.

It is now also a key lead-up for sprinters contesting the $15 million The Everest (1200m), a restricted weight-for-age feature held back at Randwick in mid-October. In 2017 The Shorts winner Redzel went on to complete The Everest – VRC Classic double.

The Shorts 2020 took place on Saturday September 19, 2020 and was won by The Everest-bound Classique Legend.

2020 The Shorts
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1945
The Shorts Records
Race Record: 1:01.3 set by Redzel in 2017

2020 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #3 Classique Legend
  • 2nd: #5 Eduardo
  • 3rd: #1 Bivouac

Les Bridge’s class grey Classique Legend ($4.40) saluted for the race-day favourite backers with a charging victory in The Shorts 2020 results improving on his second in the event last season ahead of another shot at The Everest in October.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg $4.40F
2 5 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 1L 9 57kg $11
3 1 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.2L 12 58kg $5
4 10 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.4L 5 55kg $6
5 7 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James McDonald 1.9L 4 57kg $6
6 6 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2.1L 11 57kg $26
7 8 GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 3.3L 6 56kg $9
8 9 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Jason Collett 4.8L 2 55kg $51
9 12 PRAIRIE FIRE Danny Williams Ms Rachel King 6.1L 3 55kg $301
10 11 IRISH SONGS Kurt Goldman Sam Clipperton 7.6L 7 55kg $201
11 4 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 9.9L 8 57kg $51
12 2 CATALYST (NZ) Clayton Chipperfield Glen Boss 14.4L 1 58kg $9.50

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 The Shorts Odds

The top The Shorts 2020 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Pierata ($2.70 in 2019) followed by Classique Legend ($4.40 in 2020) are the latest favourites in The Shorts betting to salute for the punters.

2020 The Shorts Field

The Shorts 2020 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 2020 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2020 The Shorts field features a dozen sprinters including returning Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac looking to secure the Godolphin slot in the $15 million The Everest, and last year’s runner-up Classique Legend who is already assured a run in the 12-horse The Everest field next month.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2020 The Shorts field & betting markets.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 162x61365x BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 12 58kg 114
2 x1111x126x CATALYST (NZ) Clayton Chipperfield Glen Boss 1 58kg 110
3 31x2360x1x CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg 112
4 x3022x07x4 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 8 57kg 107
5 3x37x07x11 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 9 57kg 107
6 1x331911x5 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 11 57kg 105
7 1112x160x STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James McDonald 4 57kg 104
8 1311x1412x GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 6 56kg 107
9 120x84170x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Jason Collett 2 55kg 107
10 1x548111x3 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5 55kg 100
11 493373116x IRISH SONGS Kurt Goldman Sam Clipperton 7 55kg 78
12 667×256266 PRAIRIE FIRE Danny Williams Ms Rachel King 3 55kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Shorts Nominations

Nominations for The Shorts race close the Monday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day and will be available for punters below once released.

Fourteen potential The Everest horses are nominated for The Shorts 2020 including Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac and Classique Legend who is already confirmed for the world’s richest turf race again this spring.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 162x61365x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings 1 58kg 114
2 31x2360x1x CLASSIQUE LEGEND G 5 Les Bridge 2 57kg 112
3 x1111x126x CATALYST (NZ) G 4 Clayton Chipperfield 3 58kg 110
4 x1330D0517 JUNGLE EDGE G 10 Mick Bell 4 56kg 108
5 x3022x07x4 BALL OF MUSCLE G 10 Joseph Pride 5= 57kg 107
6 3x37x07x11 EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride 5= 57kg 107
7 1311x1412x GREYWORM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5= 56kg 107
8 120x84170x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 7 Kris Lees 5= 55kg 107
9 1x331911x5 SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham 9 57kg 105
10 1112x160x STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 10 57kg 104
11 1x548111x3 DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 55kg 100
12 x080x2092x FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 12 55kg 96
13 493373116x IRISH SONGS G 5 Kurt Goldman 13 55kg 78
14 667×256266 PRAIRIE FIRE G 5 Danny Williams 14 55kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

More recently the status of The Shorts race at Randwick was boosted by record-setting champ Redzel (2017) whose next run produced success in the inaugural running of The Everest. The Everest is the richest turf race in the world and Redzel went back-to-back in 2018.

The Shorts history on the 2018 winner Ball Of Muscle is also interesting with the sprint finishing runner-up in 2015, 2016 and 2017 before finally taking out the race at his fourth attempt.

In 2019 Pierata won The Shorts defeating Classique Legend and dual The Everest champion Redzel. He went on to run fifth in that year’s The Everest results, before taking out the Winners Stakes named that season in honour of the previous year’s The Everest champion Redzel (2018).

Recent The Shorts Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
The Shorts
1st Classique Legend 1 minute 2.23 seconds
2nd Eduardo
3rd Bivouac
2019
The Shorts
1st Pierata 1 minute 3.93 seconds
2nd Classique Legend
3rd Redzel
2018
The Shorts
1st Ball Of Muscle 1 minute 2.87 seconds
2nd Invincible Star
3rd Brave Smash
2017
The Shorts
1st Redzel 1 minute 1.83 seconds (R)
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Nieta
2016
The Shorts
1st Takedown 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Kaepernick
2015
The Shorts
1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 4.67 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Shiraz
2014
The Shorts
1st Terravista 1 minute 2.48 seconds
2nd I’m All The Talk
3rd Famous Seamus
2013
The Shorts
1st Sessions 1 minute 3.26 seconds
2nd Aeronautical
3rd Spirit Of Boom
2012
The Shorts
1st Pampelonne 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Appearance
2011
The Shorts
1st Love Conquers All 1 minute 8.71 seconds
2nd Albert The Fat
3rd Winter King
2010
The Shorts
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 9.51 seconds
2nd Whitefriars
3rd Shellscrape
2009
The Shorts
1st Gold Trail 1 minute 4.82 seconds
2nd Fritz’s Princess
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2008
The Shorts
1st Fritz’s Princess 1 minute 4.03 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd Keen Commander
2007
The Shorts
Race Not Held  
2006
The Shorts
1st Bentley Biscuit 1 minute 3.36 seconds
2nd Magnus
3rd Spark Of Life
2005
The Shorts
1st Black Ink 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Mustard
3rd Fumble
2004
The Shorts
1st Dance The Waves 1 minute 4.61 seconds
2nd Secret Land (NZ)
3rd Legally Bay
2003
The Shorts
1st Lucky Night 1 minute 4.84 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Poetic Papal
2002
The Shorts
1st Empire 1 minute 4.11 seconds
2nd Shags
3rd Fouardee
2001
The Shorts
1st Oamaru Force 1 minute 3.47 seconds
2nd Pembleton
3rd Fair Embrace
2000
The Shorts
1st Bradshaw 1 minute 3.78 seconds
2nd Guineas
3rd Upright

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