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 2014 The Shorts was won by Terravista from I'm All The Talk with Famous Seamus 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.
Sessions (2013) finished runner-up in the Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick before winning this event and recent The Shorts winners include Pampelonne (2012) and Love Conquers All (2011).
2013 The Shorts result
1 $3.30 Sessions 55.0 Josh Parr
2 $9.00 Aeronautical 55.0 Jim Cassidy
3 $8.00 Spirit Of Boom 55.0 Nicholas Hall
4 $31.00 Hidden Warrior 56.0 Nathan Berry
5 $7.50 Decision Time 57.0 Blake Shinn
6 $9.00 Famous Seamus 55.0 Tim Clark
7 $31.00 Mic Mac 57.5 Brenton Avdulla
8 $8.00 Tiger Tees 56.5 Christian Reith
9 $31.00 Delago Bolt 55.0 Hugh Bowman
10 $101.00 Welkom Gold 55.0 Kathy O'hara
11 $10.00 Hay List 59.0 Glyn Schofield
12 $21.00 Manawanui 58.5 Nash Rawiller
Margins: Nose, Short neck Time: 1:03.26
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