Herculian Prince & Speed Gifted Favourites in 2010 The Metropolitan Betting

Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au have opened their ante-post betting markets for the $350,000 Group 1 AJC The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick, with geldings Herculian Prince and Speed Gifted opening as equal favourites.

Both the Gai Waterhouse-trained Herculian Prince and Lee Freedman’s Speed Gifted are paying $10 to win the 2010 The Metropolitan on October 2 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Five-year-old Herculian Prince started first-up a fortnight ago when running ninth in the Listed Show County Quality 1200m at Warwick Farm.

The consistent galloper is more suited to 1600m and above and is sure to present as a serious contender later in the spring as he steps up in distance after being unbeaten last preparation with wins in the Neville Sellwood Stakes (1900m) and JRA Plate (2000m).

Last year’s The Metropolitan winner Speed Gifted failed in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) back in April finishing second last after losing part of his hoof during the race.

He is expected to improve this spring and will kick-off in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes this Saturday before attempting back-to-back success in The Metropolitan.

Other early favourites for the handicap feature include Encosta De Lago four-year-old Count Encosta and another from the Waterhouse stables Descarado, both at $11 through Ladbrokes.com.au, as well as $12 chances Fanjura who took out the Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield back in April and Group 1 winner Monaco Consul.

The 2010 The Metropolitan has attracted 98 nominations with other top spring contenders among the entries including last start winner of the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) Metal Bender, Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m) champion Chartreux and Mick Price’s improving Spacecraft also heading towards the 2010 Caulfield Cup.

The Metropolitan is raced over the same distance and conditions as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, making it the ideal guide for this future spring feature.

The 2010 Caulfield Cup will be held on October 16, so keep an eye on The Metropolitan winners and placegetters as an indication for your Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The final field of acceptances for the 2010 AJC The Metropolitan will be declared on Wednesday September 29 and published here first.

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2010 AJC The Metropolitan Early Betting Odds

Horse Fixed Odds*
Herculian Prince 10.00
Speed Gifted 10.00
Count Encosta 11.00
Descarado 11.00
Fanjura 12.00
Monaco Consul 12.00
Linton 14.00
Metal Bender 15.00
Triple Honour 15.00
Purple 16.00
Rundle 16.00
Maluckyday 18.00
Chartreux 19.00
Alandi 21.00
No Wine No Song 21.00
Zipping 21.00
Spacecraft 21.00
Scouting Wide 26.00
Apprehend 26.00
Cest La Guerre 26.00
Mr Charlie 26.00
Newport 26.00
Run For Naara 26.00
Shamoline Warrior 26.00
Sherpa Tenzing 26.00
The Embassy 26.00
Vesper 26.00
Macedonian 26.00
Muir 26.00
Star Ripper 31.00
Triumphant Choice 31.00
Berlioz 34.00
Extra Zero 34.00
Fairygem 34.00
Fiumicino 34.00
Jungle Rocket 34.00
Landlocked 34.00
Landlord 34.00
Mourayan 34.00
Stillman 34.00
Gallant Lady 41.00
Martial Law 41.00
My Bentley 41.00
Raihana 41.00
Snow Alert 41.00
Akzar 51.00
Baron 51.00
Empires Choice 51.00
Get Up Jude 51.00
Gigino 51.00
Grand Ducal 51.00
Hissing Sid 51.00
Home On A Wing 51.00
Interlocking 51.00
Irel 51.00
Largo Lad 51.00
Our Aristocrat 51.00
Our Rockhampton 51.00
Tullamore 51.00
Our Cannavaro 61.00
Basaltico 67.00
CRABS 67.00
Joe Blow 67.00
The Miniver Rose 67.00
Token Of Honour 67.00
Base 81.00
Billson 81.00
Bolton 81.00
Fairfield Flame 81.00
Gorky Park 81.00
Nothin Leica Cat 81.00
Buccellati 101.00
La Rocket 101.00
Smokin Gun 101.00
Twin Wing 101.00
Nothingbutthetruth 101.00
Prix Du Sang 121.00
Emblem Of Liberty 151.00
Gotta Keep Cool 151.00
Imposing 151.00
Naadji 151.00
Saint Encosta 151.00
Shadow Minister 151.00
Zabdued 151.00
Frozone 201.00
The Zeebac 201.00
Indite 251.00
Carnegie House 501.00
Miss Alia 501.00
Daads Overtime 661.00
Refuse Me 1,001.00
Reigning Rhythm 1,001.00

*Odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change