THE 1,050-metre short sprint on the Sha Tin all-weather surface has disappeared into racing history following a decision yesterday by the Jockey Club to scrap the five remaining races this season planned for the distance. The dominating factor in the final decision was the predictable nature of the particular event. There have been six run off this season and all of them have been won by the horse which broke in front. It was also felt undesirable to have races over the minimum trip and then 1,150 metres on the same programme, as has happened this season. The five scheduled 1,050-metre races will now be run over 1,150 metres. Senior handicapper Martyn Stewart said: 'The consensus was that they weren't much of a spectacle. The two distances, with just 100 metres between them, were actually a throwback to sand racing at Sha Tin. 'The view was that we would be better served by having the Sha Tin equitrack sprints over the slightly longer distance.' The short sprint races this season simply turned into a bonanza for trainers with speed horses that jumped in front - they simply weren't headed. However, the extra 100 metres tended to make all the difference with a number of front runners getting a stitch close home and winners able to come from off the pace to score. Also disappearing from the Sha Tin all-weather calendar are planned races over 2,400 metres. They have fallen victim to the fact that there is no distance between 1,800 metres up to the extreme trip of 2,400 metres, with one such event planned for earlier this season already abandoned due to lack of entries. The lack of support for races over the traditional Classic distance was underlined last night at Sha Tin when only six went to the post for the opening event, a combined Classes Two and Three race. 'It is unfortunate because we do like to have staying races,' said Stewart. 'But without a distance in between 1,800 metres and 2,400 metres it is obviously a bit difficult for trainers. 'It is really a case of bowing to the inevitable with this one. 'With one already cancelled, we only had to take a look at the poor field for the first race to see we were really up against it.'