Run over 1,100 metres, The Shorts is a Group 2 race taking place at Randwick Racecourse in mid-September as part of George Main Stakes Day.
With a $500,000 prize purse,the event is a set weights plus penalites sprint for the short distance specialists and serves as a key lead-up to the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest.
In 2017 Redzel won The Shorts before becoming the inaugural The Everest winner. The 2019 The Shorts winner Pierata ran fifth in that year’s The Everest race but then won the $1 million Winners Stakes named that year in honour of the previous season’s The Everest champ, Redzel, who went back-to-back in 2017-18.
The Shorts 2020 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, September 19th, 2020
- Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Right-handed
- Race Distance: 1,100 metres
- Weight Conditions: Weight for age
- Qualification: Set weights (with penalties)
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 2
- Operator: Randwick Racecourse
- Prize Purse: $500,000
- Inaugural Race: 1867
- 2020 The Shorts Winner: Classique Legend
The Shorts 2020 RESULTS
The official 2020 The Shorts Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 19, 2020.
- #3 Classique Legend
- #5 Eduardo
- #1 Bivouac
Last year’s runner-up Classique Legend ($4.40F) went one better in the 2020 The Shorts results saluting for the punters with a brilliant victory ahead of his second shot at the $15 million The Everest race on October 17.
|1||3||CLASSIQUE LEGEND||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||10||57kg||$4.40F|
|2||5||EDUARDO||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||1L||9||57kg||$11|
|3||1||BIVOUAC||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||1.2L||12||58kg||$5|
|4||10||DIRTY WORK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||1.4L||5||55kg||$6|
|5||7||STANDOUT||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||James McDonald||1.9L||4||57kg||$6|
|6||6||SPLINTEX||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||2.1L||11||57kg||$26|
|7||8||GREYWORM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||3.3L||6||56kg||$9|
|8||9||TACTICAL ADVANTAGE||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||4.8L||2||55kg||$51|
|9||12||PRAIRIE FIRE||Danny Williams||Ms Rachel King||6.1L||3||55kg||$301|
|10||11||IRISH SONGS||Kurt Goldman||Sam Clipperton||7.6L||7||55kg||$201|
|11||4||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||9.9L||8||57kg||$51|
|12||2||CATALYST (NZ)||Clayton Chipperfield||Glen Boss||14.4L||1||58kg||$9.50|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
The Shorts Betting
There are many different ways to bet on The Shorts, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s The Shorts|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s The Shorts.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Shorts. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in The Shorts, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within The Shorts, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Shorts to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Shorts to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Shorts to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from The Shorts, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Shorts
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on The Shorts Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
The Shorts 2020 Odds
Early market odds on The Shorts 2020 will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of The Shorts here once betting on the race opens.
Which Horse Will Win The Shorts
The best way to pick who will win The Shorts is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:
- Local Edge – Sydney horses, especially those with plenty of Randwick Racecourse experience, should do well in this one.
- Favourite Flair – Recent fields have shown that the favourite is on the money in this race.
- Single Digits – With favourites and runners with single figure payouts usually taking the top spot, it’s a much safer strategy to avoid horses offering double digit odds.
The Shorts Favourites
Early The Shorts 2020 favourites include Godolphin’s Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac and confirmed The Everest-bound Classique Legend.
Pierata ($2.70 in 2019) followed by Classique Legend ($4.40 in 2020) are the latest favourites in The Shorts betting to win.
The Shorts 2020 Field
The official 2020 The Shorts field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in full below.
The Shorts 2020 final field features a dozen short-distance sprinters with the resuming favourite Bivouac drawn the outside barrier (12).
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||162x61365x||BIVOUAC||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||12||58kg||114|
|2||x1111x126x||CATALYST (NZ)||Clayton Chipperfield||Glen Boss||1||58kg||110|
|3||31x2360x1x||CLASSIQUE LEGEND||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||10||57kg||112|
|4||x3022x07x4||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||8||57kg||107|
|5||3x37x07x11||EDUARDO||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||9||57kg||107|
|6||1x331911x5||SPLINTEX||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||11||57kg||105|
|7||1112x160x||STANDOUT||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||James McDonald||4||57kg||104|
|8||1311x1412x||GREYWORM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||6||56kg||107|
|9||120x84170x||TACTICAL ADVANTAGE||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||2||55kg||107|
|10||1x548111x3||DIRTY WORK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||5||55kg||100|
|11||493373116x||IRISH SONGS||Kurt Goldman||Sam Clipperton||7||55kg||78|
|12||667×256266||PRAIRIE FIRE||Danny Williams||Ms Rachel King||3||55kg||72|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
The Shorts 2020 Tips
Favourite: #1 Bivouac ($3.70 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #3 Classique Legend ($4.50 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #8 Greyworm ($13 at time of publish)
Our exclusive The Shorts 2020 betting tips will be published above the week of the race and a full tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.
The Shorts Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 19th of September 2020 as part of the George Main Stakes Day card at Royal Randwick. The Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for the elite milers is the feature of the meeting, which also hosts the:
- Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
- Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m)
- Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m)
The Shorts Barrier Draw 2020
The 2020 The Shorts barrier draw will be released the Wednesday of race week and published in our above The Shorts Field section.
The Shorts Nominations 2020
Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 14th of September, 2020.
The 2020 The Shorts nominations attracted 14 sprinters including the returning Godolphin-raced Bivouac and confirmed The Everest contender Classique Legend.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|2||31x2360x1x||CLASSIQUE LEGEND||G||5||Les Bridge||2||57kg||112|
|3||x1111x126x||CATALYST (NZ)||G||4||Clayton Chipperfield||3||58kg||110|
|4||x1330D0517||JUNGLE EDGE||G||10||Mick Bell||4||56kg||108|
|5||x3022x07x4||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||10||Joseph Pride||5=||57kg||107|
|7||1311x1412x||GREYWORM||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||5=||56kg||107|
|8||120x84170x||TACTICAL ADVANTAGE||G||7||Kris Lees||5=||55kg||107|
|10||1112x160x||STANDOUT||H||4||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||10||57kg||104|
|11||1x548111x3||DIRTY WORK||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||11||55kg||100|
|13||493373116x||IRISH SONGS||G||5||Kurt Goldman||13||55kg||78|
|14||667×256266||PRAIRIE FIRE||G||5||Danny Williams||14||55kg||72|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
The Shorts Weights
Set weights with penalties apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 15th of September, 2020 with the final weights announced in our above The Shorts Field section.
2020 The Shorts Top Weights:
- #1 Bivouac (58kg)
- #2 Catalyst (58kg)
The Shorts Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 16th of September, 2020 and will be published in our above The Shorts Field section.
The Shorts Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 16th of September, 2020 and will be published in our above The Shorts Field section.
The Shorts Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 19th of September, 2020.
The Shorts Prize Money
The Shorts prize purse is worth $500,000 in total, distributed from places first through tenth.
The Shorts Race Number
The Shorts is set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 3:55pm (AEST) on Saturday September 19, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.
The Shorts Form Guide 2020
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s The Shorts has been released.
The Shorts Live
You can watch or listen to the 2020 The Shorts live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
The Shorts Winners
Winners of The Shorts going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going further back in history, please visit our winners page for this race.
|2020||Classique Legend||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||57kg||1:02.23|
|2019||Pierata||Gregory Hickman||Tommy Berry||58kg||1:03.93|
|2018||Ball Of Muscle||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||56kg||1:02.87|
|2017||Redzel||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||58kg||1:01.83|
|2016||Takedown||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||56.5kg||1:03.25|
|2015||Rebel Dane||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||58kg||1:04.67|
|2014||Terravista||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||56.5kg||1:02.48|
|2013||Sessions||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||55kg||1:03.26|
|2012||Pampelonne||Tim Martin||Hugh Bowman||56.5kg||1:09.64|
|2011||Love Conquers All||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jim Cassidy||56kg||1:08.71|
|2010||Hot Danish||Les Bridge||Tim Clark||56.5kg||1:09.51|
|2009||Gold Trail||Gary Portelli||Nash Rawiller||56kg||1:04.82|
|2008||Fritz’s Princess||Kris Lees||Jim Cassidy||53.5kg||1:04.03|
|2006||Bentley Biscuit||Gai Waterhouse||Hugh Bowman||55.5kg||1:03.36|
|2005||Black Ink||Les Kelly||Mathew Cahill||54kg||1:03.40|
|2004||Dance The Waves||Grahame Begg||Danny Beasley||52kg||1:04.61|
|2003||Lucky Night||Pat Farrell||Chris Munce||53kg||1:04.84|
|2002||Empire||Max Lees||Hugh Bowman||54kg||1:04.11|
|2001||Oamaru Force||David Hall||Glen Boss||52.5kg||1:03.47|
|2000||Bradshaw||John Hawkes||Glen Boss||53kg||1:03.78|