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The Shorts is a Group 2 set weights race for 3yo and upward horses held annually at Randwick racecourse in September during the Sydney spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 The Shorts was won by Takedown from Ball Of Muscle with Kaepernick third.
Taking place on the same day as the Gr1 George Main Stakes, after previously being held on the final day of the spring carnival, The Shorts is one of a number of feature races on a great day of racing at Randwick.
The Shorts is a good sprint event over Group 2 metres that typically attracts more than handy sprinters most of the time and tends to be won by an above average galloper rather than an exceptional one.
Fit, in-form gallopers who have been racing well in similar type sprint events around 1100m or 1200m are suited here, and a race like the Gr3 Concorde Stakes earlier in the month at the same tracks provides the ideal lead-up race.
Takedown (2016) resumed from a spell to win this event in narrow fashion and recent The Shorts winners include Rebel Dane (2015) and Terravista (2014).
2016 The Shorts result
1. $15.00 Takedown 56.5 Tim Clark
2. $9.00 Ball Of Muscle 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $9.00 Kaepernick 55.0 Christian Reith
4. $6.50 Dothraki 56.0 Blake Shinn
5. $2.25 English 56.0 Tommy Berry
6. $11.00 Clearly Innocent 55.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $101.00 Smart Volatility 55.0 Tye Angland
8. $31.00 Boss Lane 55.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
9. $31.00 Sarajevo 55.0 James McDonald
10. $7.50 Japonisme 58.0 Hugh Bowman
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len Time: 1:03.25
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