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
|No Wine No Song||21.00|
|Cest La Guerre||26.00|
|Run For Naara||26.00|
|Get Up Jude||51.00|
|Home On A Wing||51.00|
|PAY AND PLAY||67.00|
|The Miniver Rose||67.00|
|Token Of Honour||67.00|
|Nothin Leica Cat||81.00|
|Prix Du Sang||121.00|
|Emblem Of Liberty||151.00|
|Gotta Keep Cool||151.00|
*Odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change