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.

2021 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #2 Eduardo
  • 2nd: #1 Nature Strip
  • 3rd: #3 Gytrash



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.

In 2020 the previous year’s The Shorts runner-up Classique Legend won the race and went on to become the latest horse to do The Shorts – The Everest double.

The Shorts 2021 took place on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the previous season’s runner-up Eduardo. 

2021 The Shorts
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
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

2021 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #2 Eduardo
  • 2nd: #1 Nature Strip
  • 3rd: #3 Gytrash

Last year’s runner-up Eduardo ($5.50) improved fresh to take out The Shorts 2021 results in an upset over The Everest favourite Nature Strip ($2.10) and luckless third placegetter Gytrash ($10).

Click here to read more on the gripping narrow win by Eduardo in The Shorts 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 8 58kg $5.50
2 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 0.44L 4 58kg $2.10F
3 3 GYTRASH Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle Jason Collett 1.49L 1 58kg $10
4 5 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Tim Clark 3.4L 5 58kg $14
5 4 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 5.26L 2 58kg $5.50
6 9 ADELONG Brad Widdup Robbie Dolan 6.39L 6 53kg $71
7 8 HANDLE THE TRUTH Keith Dryden Ms Rachel King 6.67L 3 55kg $101
8 7 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 8.88L 7 55kg (cd 56kg) $9
6 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Shorts Odds

The top The Shorts 2021 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.

2021 The Shorts Field

The Shorts 2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

A line-up of confirmed The Everest horses do battle in the 2021 The Shorts field including Chris Waller’s star sprinter Nature Strip and the returning Joe Pride-trained Eduardo.

  • Scratched: #6 Wild Ruler (8)

Click here to read more on the key runners in The Shorts 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2472x121x1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 4 58kg 121
2 1204x1131x EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 9 58kg 116
3 12x131x30x GYTRASH Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle Jason Collett 1 58kg 115
4 38x13125x1 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 2 58kg 114
5 112x11x14x ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Tim Clark 5 58kg 104
6 113x1619x2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 106
7 11x11211x LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 7 55kg 56kg 100
8 43x31002x4 HANDLE THE TRUTH Keith Dryden Ms Rachel King 3 55kg 95
9 07x93311x5 ADELONG Brad Widdup Jay Ford 6 53kg 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Shorts Nominations

Nominations for The Shorts race close the Monday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day.

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).

Classique Legend completed The Shorts – The Everest race double in 2020.

In 2021 the previous year’s runner-up Eduardo went one better winning The Shorts in an upset over Nature Strip.

Recent The Shorts Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
The Shorts
1st Eduardo 1 minute 03.54 seconds
2nd Nature Strip
3rd Gytrash
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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