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.

2019 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #3 Pierata
  • 2nd: #6 Classique Legend
  • 3rd: #2 Redzel



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 $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) in November.

It is now also a key lead-up for sprinters contesting the $14 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 2019 took place on Saturday September 21, 2019 and was won in thrilling style by Pierata. 

2019 The Shorts
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
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

2019 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #3 Pierata
  • 2nd: #6 Classique Legend
  • 3rd: #2 Redzel

The official The Shorts 2019 Results saw the Gregory Hickman-trained favourite Pierata salute for the punters ahead of his run in The Everest. It was a thrilling three-way photo finish with the returning Classique Legend catching the eye a half-length back in second, while dual The Everest champ Redzel was far from disgraced running third.

Read more on the 2019 The Shorts victory by The Everest favourite Pierata. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 3 58kg $2.70F
2 6 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Nash Rawiller 0.5L 2 57kg $3.10
3 2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.8L 1 58kg $4.40
4 10 GRAFF Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 1.1L 5 56kg $8.50
5 7 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 3.1L 4 57kg $12
11 JONKER David Atkins Glen Boss 0
9 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0
8 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Tim Clark 0
4 OSBORNE BULLS James Cummings James McDonald 0
5 VIRIDINE James Cummings Jason Collett 0
1 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 0

2019 The Shorts Odds

The top The Shorts 2019 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2019 The Shorts Field

The Shorts 2019 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 2019 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2019 The Shorts Field features 11 star sprinters including a number of confirmed The Everest horses. The 2017 The Shorts winner and two-time The Everest champion Redzel is back in barrier one coming off his third consecutive Concorde Stakes success.

Update: The Shorts 2019 field has already been hit by two big name scratchings with two confirmed The Everest contenders – Santa Ana Lane and Sunlight – withdrawing from the race due to the Heavy-rated Randwick track. Also in doubt rated 50-50 chances of lining-up on the day are Pierata, Osborne Bulls and In Her Time.

Latest 2019 The Shorts Race Scratchings: There are now officially six horses scratched from The Everest lead-up with Santa Ana Lane and Sunlight joined by Osborne Bulls, Viridine, In Her Time and Jonker. Just five runners remain in The Shorts field including the 2017 champion and two-time Everest winner Redzel along with new race favourite Pierata.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x5161x51x SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58kg 120
2 515x2862x1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 58kg 118
3 913x5251x2 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 9 58kg 116
4 531x22222x OSBORNE BULLS James Cummings James McDonald 6 57kg 113
5 x0x304146x VIRIDINE James Cummings Jason Collett 8 57kg 105
6 1131x CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Nash Rawiller 4 57kg 103
7 30x214x70x HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 57kg 109
8 39x372x16x IN HER TIME Kris Lees Tim Clark 2 56kg 115
9 171x3113x5 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7 56kg 115
10 1235x440x3 GRAFF Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 11 56kg 106
11 x434x3923x JONKER David Atkins Glen Boss 3 55kg 98

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.

Recent The Shorts Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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