The Shorts 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Shorts graduates often back-up in Melbourne Group 1 races later in the spring

The Shorts is a Group 2 race run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on George Main Stakes Day in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. A sprint feature contested over 1100m it is open to horses aged three-years-old and above and is run at set weights plus penalties.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), The Shorts is one of two Group 2 support races on the card along with the Tea Rose Stakes. The Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes offering the winners an Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan ballot exemption respectively are the other features on the George Main Stakes Day program.

Recently boosted stakes-wise, The Shorts now offers a total of $500,000 in prize money and is a good lead-up to interstate Group 1 races held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as well as the $15 million The Everest (1200m) run at Royal Randwick in mid-October from 2017 on.

The Shorts – The Everest double was completed by Redzel in 2017, the gun sprinter going on to win the latter again in 2018 before Classique Legend (2020) became the latest horse to win both races in the same season.

The latest edition of The Shorts ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and saw Eduardo defeat Nature Strip first-up. 

2021 The Shorts Results

The Shorts 2021 race results and full finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 18, 2021.

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

Eduardo ($5.50) was brilliant fresh returning to winning form first-up when running down Nature Strip to dominate The Shorts 2021 results ahead of their rematch in the $15 million The Everest.

The Shorts Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1867

The Shorts Odds

The Shorts betting markets are dominated by horses sharp enough to handle the short 1100m distance of the race.

Gallopers with good lead-up form, nice records fresh, previous winning form at the Randwick track and those with experience in tougher class races also sit high up The Shorts odds.

Most of the runners in The Shorts odds are first-up, but looking for the best out of a lead-up race like the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) a fortnight earlier can be a good guide to the markets. Redzel (2017) was the last sprinter to complete the Concorde Stakes  – The Shorts double.

In 2019 Pierata ran second to Redzel in the Concorde Stakes before winning The Shorts as the $2.70 favourite.

The following year, Classique Legend improved on a second from the 2019 The Shorts to take out the 2020 edition as the $4.40 favourite.

That form line repeated itself in 2021 with the 2020 runner-up Eduardo winning the race.

2021 The Shorts Betting

The Shorts 2021 betting odds and market links to [ladbrokes] will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best The Shorts markets this spring.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 The Shorts will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

The Shorts Field

The Shorts field attracts a class line-up of spring sprinters and proven short distance specialists. Many runners come into the race first-up and may back-up in the following month’s Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200m) also held at Randwick Racecourse.

In 2015 Rebel Dane won The Shorts before a second in the Premier Stakes. He then went to Melbourne and ran third to Chautauqua in Moonee Valley’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).

In 2011 The Shorts winner Love Conquers All finished third next start in the Premier Stakes. The double was last achieved by Hot Danish (2010). Hot Danish had previously won the All Aged Stakes and Doomben 10,000 earlier that year and went on to place third in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) that October at Flemington.

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2016 The Shorts winner Takedown went on to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth that summer. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

If not resuming in The Shorts field, horses may come off an earlier Sydney run in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m). In 2013 the Concorde Stakes runner-up Sessions backed-up and won The Shorts and two runs later placed third in the Manikato Stakes in Victoria.

In 2015 Ball Of Muscle ran third in the Concorde and second in The Shorts before a second to Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) in Melbourne the next month. That same year (2015) Concorde Stakes winner Shiraz ran third in The Shorts next-up.

Ball Of Muscle has a long history in The Shorts field, the 2015 runner-up also placing second in 2016 behind Takedown and second to Redzel in 2017. Finally Ball Of Muscle finished first, winning The Shorts in 2018 in his fourth appearance.

Redzel (2017) saluted for The Shorts punters winning the Concorde Stakes – The Shorts double. In 2019 The Shorts winner Pierata improved on a lead-up second in the Concorde Stakes. Redzel won his third straight Concorde Stakes in 2019 before a third in The Shorts results that year.

In 2021 Nature Strip won the Concorde Stakes at his third attempt before running second to upset The Shorts winner Eduardo next-up.

The Shorts nominations are taken the Monday before the race takes place that Saturday with the final field of acceptors and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2021 The Shorts Field

The official The Shorts 2021 final field and barriers will be detailed in full below once acceptances are released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of George Main Stakes Day.

An outstanding 2021 The Shorts field is gathered full of confirmed The Everest horses including Chris Waller’s first-up Concorde Stakes winner Nature Strip and the resuming Joe Pride-trained Eduardo.

  • Scratched: #6 Wild Ruler (8)

2021 The Shorts Nominations

The early The Shorts 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week.

The Shorts Form Guide

The Shorts form guide details all the key information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the sprinters in the field. Form guide facts to look out for are runners coming off a last start win, local hopes with good Sydney form in the Group sprint races and those drawn a single-digit barrier.

The Shorts form has also stacked up in better races both in Sydney and Melbourne in recent years including in 2014 when Terravista won the Group 2 before a subsequent Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) victory at Flemington during that years Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Shorts form was also worth following into bigger spring races in 2017 when Redzel won the inaugural edition of the world’s richest race on turf – The Everest.

More recently, Classique Legend franked The Shorts form in 2020 backing-up to win The Everest, while The Shorts third placegetter that year Bivouac ran second in The Everest results before winning Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Classic.

2021 The Shorts Form Guide

A link to our detailed The Shorts 2021 Form Guide & Betting Preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Shorts Tips

Good The Shorts tips include looking for proven Randwick performers, in-form sprinters drawn close to the rails and those higher up the betting markets. The favourites also have a gun record in the race over the past two decades so sticking with those under $10 in betting is also a good tip.

Any returning The Shorts performers returning for another run or graduates from the previous season’s The Everest race also make a top The Shorts betting tip. In 2021 the previous year’s The Everest 11th placegetter Eduardo won The Shorts.

2021 The Shorts Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Shorts 2021 betting tips and exotic Randwick race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the runners to back and sack in the Group 2 sprint this season.

  • To Win: #2 Eduardo ($8.50 at time of publish) 

Going for a bit of value in this year’s outstanding edition of The Shorts with the resuming Joe Pride-trained Eduardo at generous odds to beat a brilliant line-up of rivals. He’s an excellent first-up horse and was so good last campaign with Group 1 wins in The Galaxy (Sydney) and Doomben 10,000 (Brisbane). Third to the favourite in this, Nature Strip, here in the TJ Smith Stakes during ‘The Championships’, gets the chance to turn the tables at a nice price.

The Shorts Results

The Shorts results have been dominated by class Group performers over the past decade and single-figure hopes with the last double-figure winner being Lucky Night ($16 in 2003). Notable recent The Shorts winners include Eduardo (2021), Classique Legend (2020), Redzel (2017), Rebel Dane (2015), Terravista (2014), Hot Danish (2010) and Bentley Biscuit (2006).

Also interesting looking at The Shorts results is that Ball Of Muscle ran second in all three editions from 2015-17 before winning the event in 2018.

The Shorts Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Eduardo Nature Strip Gytrash 1:03.5
2020 Classique Legend Eduardo Bivouac 1:02.2
2019 Pierata Classique Legend Redzel 1:03.9
2018 Ball Of Muscle Invincible Star Brave Smash 1:02.8
2017 Redzel Ball Of Muscle Nieta 1:01.8
2016 Takedown Ball Of Muscle Kaepernick 1:03.2
2015 Rebel Dane Ball Of Muscle Shiraz 1:04.6
2014 Terravista I’m All The Talk Famous Seamus 1:02.4
2013 Sessions Aeronautical Spirit Of Boom 1:03.2
2012 Pampelonne Satin Shoes Appearance 1:09.6
2011 Love Conquers All Albert The Fat Winter King 1:08.7
2010 Hot Danish Whitefriars Shellscrape 1:09.5
2009 Gold Trail Fritz’s Princess Sniper’s Bullet 1:04.8
2008 Fritz’s Princess Hot Danish Keen Commander 1:04.0
2007 Race Not Held
2006 Bentley Biscuit Magnus Spark Of Life 1:03.4
2005 Black Ink Mustard Fumble 1:03.4
2004 Dance the Waves Secret Land Legally Bay 1:04.6
2003 Lucky Night Fair Embrace Poetic Papal 1:04.8
2002 Empire Shags Fouardee 1:04.1
2001 Oamaru Force Pembleton Fair Embrace 1:03.5
2000 Bradshaw Guineas Upright 1:03.8