The Shorts 2016 is a Group 2 event run at the very start of October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. It’s for horses aged three and older and contested over a 1200m sprint at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
There is $200,000 in prize money on offer to the victorious connections and it takes a more than handy horse to win the event. The race jumps during Group 1 Epsom Handicap Day when the spring carnival really starts to heat up down in Sydney.
As always during the spring racing carnival in New South Wales there’s plenty of races around for horses to go through before stepping up to the bigger events. It’s the same story for The Shorts with the Group 3 Concorde Stakes one of the best options along with the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.
It takes a quality horse to win The Shorts as is shown in the winners list.
Rise ‘N’ Shine won in 1990 before Euclase ran one of the fastest times ever when triumphing in 1991.
Hot As Hell set another blistering split when winning in 1997 while Black Ink won in 2005 ahead of the then young veteran campaigner Mustard.
More recently Hot Danish finished second behind Fritz’s Princess in 2008 but earned redemption when claiming the 2010 event ahead of Whitefriars.
2016 The Shorts Field
The Shorts field is usually packed out with top quality sprinters, not only from Sydney stables but also from interstate. There are almost always some top black-type performers in The Shorts field, ensuring there are always some fairly reliable punting opportunities. The 2015 The Shorts field will be released on Wednesday, September 14th. As soon as all acceptances are finalised, the 2016 The Shorts field will be provided here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||31x35313x6||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||58kg||109|
|2||1x3223x68x||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Kerrin McEvoy||1||57kg||105|
|3||67x243120x||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||6||56.5kg||96|
|4||1126x1631x||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tommy Berry||10||56kg||110|
|5||x13x73525x||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||106|
|6||362x70x718||SMART VOLATILITY||John Sargent||Tye Angland||8||55kg||104|
|7||x3415370x5||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11||55kg||101|
|8||5829x1391x||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Con Karakatsanis||Craig Williams||3||55kg||101|
|9||2x0130x10x||KAEPERNICK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||2||55kg||97|
|10||1x6211111x||CLEARLY INNOCENT||Greg Bennett||Brenton Avdulla||9||55kg||95|
|11||24x04288x2||SARAJEVO||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||55kg||86|
2016 The Shorts Nominations
The 2016 The Shorts nominations will be released on Monday September 14th. The Shorts nominations usually feature a broad selection of sprinting talent from Sydney stables and often from elsewhere. If you’re interested in punting throughout the Spring Racing Carnival, then The Shorts nominations can give you a good guide of where horses will be heading and the specific races they intend on targeting. As soon as they are available, the 2016 The Shorts nominations will be uploaded here.
The 2016 The Shorts nominations are provided below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1126x1631x||ENGLISH||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||1||56kg||110|
|3||x13x73525x||DOTHRAKI||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||3||56kg||106|
|4||1x3223x68x||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||6||Joseph Pride||4||57kg||105|
|5||362x70x718||SMART VOLATILITY||G||8||John Sargent||5||55kg||104|
|6||x3415370x5||BOSS LANE||G||6||Ron Quinton||6=||55kg||101|
|8||2x0130x10x||KAEPERNICK||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||8||55kg||97|
|11||1x6211111x||CLEARLY INNOCENT||G||5||Greg Bennett||11||55kg||95|
|14||5900902657||DECISION TIME||G||9||Clarry Conners||14||56kg||90|
The Shorts Results
The Shorts winners, results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.
|2017||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2016||1 Takedown||2 Ball Of Muscle||3 Kaepernick||1:03.2|
|2015||1 Rebel Dane||2 Ball of Muscle||3 Shiraz||1:04.6|
|2014||1 Terravista||2 I’m All The Talk||3 Famous Seamus||1:02.5|
|2013||1 Sessions||2 Aeronautical||3 Spirit Of Boom||1:03.3|
|2012||1 Pampelonne||2 Satin Shoes||3 Appearance||1:09.6|
|2011||1 Love Conquers All||2 Albert the Fat||3 Winter King||1:08.7|
|2010||1 Hot Danish||2 Whitefriars||3 Shellscrape||1:09.5|
|2009||1 Gold Trail||2 Fritz’s Princess||3 Sniper’s Bullet||1:04.8|
|2008||1 Fritz’s Princess||2 Hot Danish||3 Keen Commander||1:04.0|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||1 Bentley Biscuit||2 Magnus||3 Spark Of Life||1:03.4|
|2005||1 Black Ink||2 Mustard||3 Fumble||1:03.4|
|2004||1 Dance the Waves||2 Secret Land||3 Legally Bay||1:04.6|
|2003||1 Lucky Night||2 Fair Embrace||3 Poetic Papal||1:04.8|
|2002||1 Empire||2 Shags||3 Fouardee||1:04.1|
|2001||1 Oamaru Force||2 Pembleton||3 Fair Embrace||1:03.5|
|2000||1 Bradshaw||2 Guineas||3 Upright||1:03.8|