The Shorts 2017

Saturday September 16, 2017

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 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 as well as the $10 million The Everest (1200m) run at Royal Randwick in mid-October from 2017 on.

The latest edition of The Shorts ran on Saturday September 16, 2017 .

2017 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: #2 Redzel
  • 2nd: #6 Ball Of Muscle
  • 3rd: #9 Nieta

The Shorts Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1867

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.

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.

2017 The Shorts Betting

The Shorts 2017 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 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. Redzel (2017) saluted for The Shorts punters winning the Concorde Stakes – The Shorts double.

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.

2017 The Shorts Field

The official The Shorts 2017 final field and barriers will be announced below once acceptances are taken on Wednesday September 13, 2017 so stay tuned to see what sprinters make the starting line-up.

The 2017 The Shorts Field features just nine gallopers but it is a line-up full of depth including the return of triple TJ Smith Stakes champion Chautauqua and Redzel who confirmed his position in The Everest field this week.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x47x3231x CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 8 58kg 122
2 181x2211x1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 5 58kg 113
3 12516x847x TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 3 58kg 110
4 x323x6639x FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 6 57kg 107
5 470x17266x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 9 56kg 113
6 265x63394x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 7 55kg 103
7 215942245x AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam TBA 2 55kg 72
8 11113x410x ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman TBA 4 54kg 97
9 10112x14x3 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 1 53kg 95

2017 The Shorts Nominations

The Shorts 2017 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and will be released in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2017 The Shorts early entries attracted a dozen runners led by The Everest-bound hopefuls Chautauqua, Redzel and English.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x47x3231x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 1 58kg 122
2 181x2211x1 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 58kg 113
3 470x17266x ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2= 56kg 113
4 12516x847x TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore 4 58kg 110
5 x323x6639x FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 5 57kg 107
6 39x650980x JAPONISME G 5 Chris Waller 6 58kg 104
7 265x63394x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride 7 55kg 103
8 11113x410x ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman 8= 54kg 97
9 x19x72630x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 8= 53kg 97
10 10112x14x3 NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 10 53kg 95
11 6x112653x I THOUGHT SO G 4 David Pfieffer 11 55kg 80
12 215942245x AFTER ALL THAT G 6 Rodney Northam 12 55kg 72

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 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.

2017 The Shorts Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Shorts 2017 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.

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 Redzel (2017), 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). Also interesting looking at The Shorts results is that Ball Of Muscle ran second in all three editions from 2015-17.

2017 The Shorts Results

The Shorts 2017 race results and full finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 16, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 5 58kg $2.50F
2 6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 1.3L 7 55kg $10
3 9 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 1.5L 1 53kg $21
4 5 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 1.8L 9 56kg $4.40
5 3 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 2L 3 58kg $15
6 4 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 2.1L 6 57kg $11
7 1 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 2.2L 8 58kg $5.50
8 7 AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam Jason Collett 3.4L 2 55kg $151
9 8 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Andrew Adkins (a) 3.5L 4 54kg $41

The Shorts Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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