Definition of short head in English:

short head

noun

British
Horse Racing
  • A length less than that of a horse's head (used in referring to the distance by which a horse wins or loses):

    ‘he lost by a short head’
    • ‘Flighty Fellow was a short head away in third, with Nuit Sombre fourth.’
    • ‘Rainbow High was a short head back in second with Ski Run another three lengths back in third.’
    • ‘But Keith Dalgleish's mount took it by a short head, with Lodger a further length and a half back in third.’
    • ‘Bago was a further short head away in third, while Warrsan took fourth.’
    • ‘The filly prevailed by a short head, with Chorist a neck away in third.’

verb

British
Horse Racing
  • [with object] Narrowly beat:

    ‘he was short-headed by Curaheen Boy’
    • ‘The daughter of Elusive Quality took control of the race early in the home straight under Richard Hills, and came home with a length-and-a-half to spare over Lucky Date, who short-headed Oblige for second.’
    • ‘Having been short-headed on Spirit Of Love in the Stayers by Dominant Duchess, the stewards cautioned the 21-year-old for improper riding for using his whip without giving the horse time to respond.’
    • ‘He then got short-headed by One Won One in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and has run really well without reward subsequently, most recently when fourth to his old rival Continent in a blanket finish in the Prix de l' Abbaye.’