The Shorts 2020

Saturday September 19, 2020

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. 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.

The latest edition of The Shorts ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 and was won by The Everest-bound grey Classique Legend

2020 The Shorts Results

The Shorts 2020 race results and full finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 19, 2020.

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

Les Bridge’s classy grey Classique Legend continued his ace form with a powerhouse win in The Shorts 2020 results. Having firmed into the $4.40 favourite pre-jump, the confirmed The Everest runner was too good late defeating Eduardo ($11) and Bivouac ($5) home in the trifecta ahead of the world’s richest turf race next month.

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.

The Shorts Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
  • 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.

2020 The Shorts Betting

The Shorts 2020 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.

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.

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.

2020 The Shorts Field

The official The Shorts 2020 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.

Returning Godolphin star Bivouac leads a 12-horse The Shorts 2020 field of The Everest hopefuls and jumps from the outside barrier first-up.

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

The early The Shorts 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the complete pre-field hopefuls to be listed below once announced.

The 2020 The Shorts nominations attracted 14 short-distance specialists led in betting by Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac and The Everest-bound Classique Legend.

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 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.

2020 The Shorts Form Guide

A link to our detailed The Shorts 2020 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.

2020 The Shorts Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Shorts 2020 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: #3 Classique Legend ($4.50) 

Class horse in a class race full of livewire chances. The 1100m makes it a more even playing field and fancy that distance first-up for this The Everest contender. A first-up flyer he’s been kept fresh since a Black-Type win in June and can go one better than his second to Pierata in this race last spring.

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 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
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