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 three Group 2 support races on the card along with the Hill Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes. The Shorts offers a total of $200,000 in prize money and is a good lead-up to interstate Group 1 races held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The next edition of The Shorts runs on Saturday 17th September, 2016.
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 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.
If not resuming in The Shorts field, horses may come off an earlier Sydney run in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m). 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.
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. 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.
The Shorts Odds & Betting
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.
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.
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 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 Rebel Dane (2015), Terravista (2014), Hot Danish (2010) and Bentley Biscuit (2006).
Other notable recent Tramway Stakes winners include Rangirangdoo (2009) and Diamond Dane (2011).
2016 The Shorts Results
The Shorts Winners
2006Bentley BiscuitMagnusSpark Of Life1:03.4
|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|
|2011||Love Conquers All||Albert The Fat||Winter King||1:08.7|
|2009||Gold Trail||Fritz’s Princess||Sniper’s Bullet||1:04.8|
|2008||Fritz’s Princess||Hot Danish||Keen Commander||1:04.0|
|2004||Dance the Waves||Secret Land||Legally Bay||1:04.6|
|2003||Lucky Night||Fair Embrace||Poetic Papal||1:04.8|
|2001||Oamaru Force||Pembleton||Fair Embrace||1:03.5|