Short Story (horse)

Short Story (1923 – after 1939) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. After showing considerable promise as a two-year-old, Short Story finished third in the 1000 Guineas in the following spring and then won the Epsom Oaks by four lengths. She never won again but was placed in the Nassau Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Park Hill Stakes. As a broodmare she produced one good racehorse, but otherwise made little impact as a dam of winners.

Short Story
DamLong Suit
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederWaldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor
OwnerLord Astor
TrainerAlec Taylor, Jr.
Record7: 2-2-3
Major wins
Epsom Oaks (1926)


Short Story was a bay mare bred in the United Kingdom by her owner Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. She was sent into training with Alec Taylor, Jr. at his stable at Manton, Wiltshire.[2]

She was sired by Buchan, who won the Eclipse Stakes, Champion Stakes and Doncaster Cup as well as finishing second in the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. As a breeding stallion he made his mark as a sire of fillies including Book Law and the dams of Airborne and Sun Castle.[2] Her dam, Long Suit, finished third in the Oaks in 1921 and was a half sister to the influential broodmare Pinprick.[3]

Racing careerEdit

1925: two-year-old seasonEdit

Short Story ran twice as a two-year-old in 1925, winning the British Dominion Plate over five furlongs at Sandown Park on her debut in July.[4] On her only other start she finished second to Legionnaire in the Buckenham Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in October.[5]

1926: three-year-old seasonEdit

On 30 April 1926 Short Story contested the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket and finished third of the twenty-nine runners behind Pillion and Trilogy, beaten one and a half lengths by the winner.[6] The Sporting Life reported that she finished very strongly and looked capable of reversing the form over a longer distance.[7] On 4 of June, Short Story, ridden by Bobby Jones, started the 5/1 favourite for the 148th running of the Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse. She won the race by four lengths from Resplendent with two lengths back to Gay Bird in third place.[8]

In July Short Story finished third to Foliation and Part Worn in the Nassau Stakes over ten furlongs at Goodwood. In the following month she contested the Yorkshire Oaks and ran second to Doushka. On her final appearance of the season she came home third behind Glasheen and Part Worn in the Park Hill Stakes over fourteen furlongs at Doncaster Racecourse in September.[2]

Assessment and honoursEdit

In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Short Story a "poor" winner of the Oaks.[6]

Breeding recordEdit

Short Story was retired from racing to become a broodmare for Lord Astor's Cliveden Stud. She produced at least four foals and one winner between 1928 and 1939:

  • Birthday Book, a colt, foaled in 1928, sired by Son-in-Law. Won six races and over £6,000.[2]
  • Oxtail, colt, 1929, by Phalaris.
  • Concordat, colt, 1933, by Coronach
  • Pigtail, chestnut filly, 1939, by Tai-Yang


Pedigree of Short Story (GB), bay mare, 1923[1]
Buchan (GB)
Sunstar (GB)
Sundridge Amphion
Doris Loved One
Hamoaze (GB)
Torpoint Trenton (NZ)
Doncaster Beauty
Maid of the Mist Cyllene
Long Suit (GB)
Lemberg (GB)
Cyllene Bona Vista
Galicia Galopin
Third Trick (GB)
William the Third St Simon
Conjure Juggler
Connie (Family 1-p)[3]
  • Short Story was inbred 3 × 4 to Cyllene, meaning that this stallion appear in both the third and fourth generation of her pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Short Story pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b c d Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  3. ^ a b "Hilarity - Family 1-p". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  4. ^ "Sporting". The Press. 3 May 1926. p. 10 – via Papers Past.
  5. ^ "Sporting". The Press. 7 June 1926. p. 12 – via Papers Past.
  6. ^ a b Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  7. ^ "Racing News". Auckland Star. 11 June 1926. p. 11 – via Papers Past.
  8. ^ "Oaks Stakes". Evening Post (New Zealand). 7 June 1926. p. 5 – via Papers Past.