The Shorts is a sprint race that is held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in September every year. The Group 2 race is exclusive for three year old horses or above and is regarded as one of the most competitive sprint races in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The Shorts is run under set weights over a sprint distance of 1000M and is today worth up to $200,000 in prize money. Since its establishment, The Shorts has grown remarkably to become one of Australia’s most popular classic races.
The event has often assembled a number of high quality sprinters but in recent years it has presented a great stage for raw talent and above average horses looking to make a mark in the Spring Carnival. Last year Sessions produced one of the most remarkable Sprints in recent years to comfortably win the race ahead of Aeronautical and Spirit Of Boom both settling in second and third respectively.
The race was moved from the last day of the Spring Carnival and will feature on the same day as the Group 1 George Main Stakes in Randwick’s biggest race day. In the last few years, The Shorts has favored in form sprinters albeit there have been a number of surprise winners in different occasions.
The Group 3 Concorde Stakes is a great build up for the race and whilst no horse in recent years has ever won these two events in the same year, Sessions last year come very close after finishing second in the Concorde Stakes just weeks after winning The Shorts title. For horse racing lovers who are enthralled by sprint races, this event is an ideal pick. Other notable winners in the race over the last few years include Love Conquers All back in 2011 and Pampelonne who won the event in 2012.
The Shorts recent winners & placegetters
|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|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Bentley Biscuit||Magnus||Spark Of Life||1:03.4|
|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|
|1997||Hot As Hell||Regal Centre||Unison||1:02.7|
|1994||Legal Agent||All Our Mob||The Heavyweight||1:02.7|
|1992||Classic Magic||Mighty Century||Wonga’s Joy||1:03.8|
|1991||Euclase||All Archie||Final Card||1:02.6|
|1990||Rise ‘N’ Shine||All Stormy||Targlish||1:04.7|
|1989||Rigoletto||Roman Senator||Alpine Flyer||1:03.1|
|1988||Potter McQueen||Here’s The Point||Pleasant Flight||1:03.7|