Trusting Tops 2011 The Metropolitan Field & Barriers

The John Thompson-trained Trusting is the top-rated, weighted and fancied contender to win The Metropolitan 2011 this weekend, the final field and barriers for the Royal Randwick feature released by Racing Victoria today.


Trusting is the headline acceptor for the 2011 The Metropolitan Handicap

A full field of 18 starters plus one emergency were paid up for at acceptance stage today for the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (2400m), the in-form Trusting the narrow favourite to win.

Drawn mid-field in barrier 10 with Singapore-based Brazilian hero hoop Joao Moreria continuing their association, five-year-old Trusting is at a quote of $5.50 through Luxbet to win the 2011 The Metropolitan.

They come into Saturday’s showdown on the back of successive black-type wins in Sydney including their commanding last-start effort to win the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on September 17 by an easy four lengths over Hawk Island.

Trusting carried 59kg to victory in the Hill Stakes and the Chelmsford Stakes before that, making their 57kg Metropolitan top-weight a manageable one.

Hill Stakes runner-up Hawk Island has also been accepted in The Metropolitan field for this weekend, one of five starters for premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

Drawn wide in gate 16, six-year-old Hawk Island is rated an $8.50 chance in The Metropolitan odds at Luxbet and is the best-fancied of Waller’s hopefuls.

Waller will also be represented by Stand To Gain ($16), The Verminator ($26), Bellagio Wynn ($81) and Illustrious Blue ($26) who has drawn nicely in barrier three.

Along with Trusting and Hawk Island, two other The Metropolitan hopefuls are under double-figures in the Luxbet odds with David Vandyke’s last-start Colin Stephen Handicap winner over the distance Lamasery ($6.50) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Tullamore ($8) drawn in gates eight and seven respectively.

Savabeel five-year-old Tullamore, winner of the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) during the winter, comes off a third place finish in the Hill Stakes and is one of two chance for Waterhouse in the staying showdown along with defending The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince.

Yamanin Vital six-year-old Herculian Prince hasn’t won a race since their success in The Metropolitan last spring and drawn in gate 17 are rated a $26 chance in the Luxbet markets for this year’s edition.

Other notable 2011 The Metropolitan Handicap hopefuls and their price in the latest markets at Luxbet include the Robert Hickmott-trained stayer Mourayan, Robert Smerdon’s champion hurdler Black And Bent, Zabeel gelding Ironstein, the David Payne-trained Praecido on the rails and Anthony Cummings’ Red Eye Special who caught the eye last start running a close second to Lamasery in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Handicap (2400m) at Rosehill.

View the full The Metropolitan 2011 field, barrier draw, jockeys and weights below.

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2011 The Metropolitan Handicap Field, Barriers & Weights

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 8563X7X511 TRUSTING John P Thompson Joao Moreira 10 57kg 112
2 41341FX602 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 16 56kg 109
3 190X707X00 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 17 55kg 107
4 X95X060X96 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 3 55kg 107
5 X82042X043 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 14 54.5kg 106
6 1X84301X04 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller Rod Quinn 13 53kg 103
7 2211421X83 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 7 52.5kg 101
8 111146X411 LAMASERY David Vandyke Brenton Avdulla 8 52kg 98
9 2X66111119 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 15 52kg 99
10 5531418055 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Jim Cassidy 5 52kg 97
11 57X2X98905 LODGE THE DEEDS Gwenda Markwell Tommy Berry 11 52kg 94
12 6221143315 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller Craig Newitt 18 52kg 94
13 X4715X3708 BELLAGIO WYNN Chris Waller Jay Ford 6 52kg 93
14 421517X562 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Kerrin McEvoy 9 52kg 92
15 1X20715530 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 52kg 94
16 56944X8244 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Christian Reith 1 52kg 91
17 622114X612 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings Nathan Berry 12 52kg 75
18 3X72843172 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings Corey Brown 19 52kg 77
19e 6823293069 SPLENDID HONOURS Paul Perry 4 52kg 65