The Shorts 2018

Saturday September 15, 2018

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 15, 2018.

2018 The Shorts Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The Shorts Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 15, 2018
  • 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.

2018 The Shorts Betting

The Shorts 2018 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.

2018 The Shorts Field

The official The Shorts 2018 final field and barriers can be found below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 111x2124x1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58kg 118
2 3x531270x3 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Hugh Bowman 5 58kg 112
3 430×510436 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Tye Angland 1 57kg 104
4 269x52614x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 56kg 115
5 x2531x66x1 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 6 56kg 108
6 x0230x9734 BOSS LANE Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 8 55kg 100
7 0x376x7x0x BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Corey Brown 4 55kg 97
8 1642x2216x AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 7 55kg 78
9 1x6x712x3 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James McDonald 2 54kg 106

2018 The Shorts Nominations

The Shorts 2018 nominations closed on Monday September 10, and featured Concorde Stakes (1000m) winner Redzel and Darren Weir’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) winner Brave Smash.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x2124x1 REDZEL G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 58kg 118
2 269x52614x ENGLISH M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 56kg 115
3 3x531270x3 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 3 58kg 112
4 100x1x0x85 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 4 57kg 110
5 x2531x66x1 BALL OF MUSCLE G 8 Joseph Pride 5 56kg 108
6 1x6x712x3 INVINCIBLE STAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 6 54kg 106
7 430×510436 THE MONSTAR G 8 Brett Cavanough 7 57kg 104
8 x0230x9734 BOSS LANE G 8 Ron Quinton 8 55kg 100
9 0x376x7x0x BIG MONEY G 9 Rodney Northam 9 55kg 97
10 1642x2216x AFTER ALL THAT G 7 Rodney Northam 10 55kg 78
11 111x4x5x96 UNIQUE LOVELY M 5 Frankie Stockdale 11 53kg 74


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.

2018 The Shorts Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Shorts 2018 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.

2018 The Shorts Results

The Shorts 2018 race results and full finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 15, 2018.

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