The Shorts

The Shorts, Randwick Racecourse

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. 

  1. #3 Classique Legend
  2. #5 Eduardo
  3. #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.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

  1. Join up at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. 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).
  5. 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: 

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
1 162x61365x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings 1 58kg 114
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
6 3x37x07x11 EDUARDO G 7 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
9 1x331911x5 SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham 9 57kg 105
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
12 x080x2092x FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 12 55kg 96
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.

Place Prize Money
1st $287,000
2nd $94,000
3rd $49,500
4th $22,250
5th $12,250
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000
9th $5,000
10th $5,000

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.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
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
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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