Thursday’s Newcastle Gold Cup winner Glencadam Gold has shot to the top of The Metropolitan 2012 betting odds for next month’s Group 1 clash, the Gai Waterhouse-trained import on track for a stellar spring season.
Formerly prepared in England by Sir Henry Cecil, where they won two of their eight starts, the now four-year-old Refuse To Bend gelding has been in flying form since debuting for Waterhouse last month winning all three of their Aussie race starts.
A debut win at Canterbury over 1550m was followed by an impressive one and three quarter length victory over the likes of Permit and Stout Hearted in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill on September 1.
On Thursday the promising stayer continued the winning streak with another impressive victory this time beating home Peal Of Bells by one and a quarter lengths in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup over 2300m.
Their Newcastle victory saw the bookies slash the price on Glencadam Gold to win their first elite level with Waterhouse likely to back them up in the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 6.
“I’ll probably keep him for the Metropolitan,” Waterhouse said of Glencadam Gold, who is also set to travel to Melbourne for a shot at the 2012 Caulfield Cup on October 20.
In the updated The Metropolitan odds at bookmaker.com.au Glencadam Gold is now the firm $8 favourite.
Waterhouse’s other major The Metropolitan chances are then the ultra-consistent Strawberry Boy ($18) who has won four of their six starts to date and her High Chaparral six-year-old Western Symbol ($18).
Occupying the second line of The Metropolitan betting is then $10 co-favourites Lamasery and Permit.
David Vandyke’s Commands gelding Lamasery, who missed out on a spring cups bid last spring due to a hoof injury, races third-up for the season in the Hill Stakes at Randwick this weekend along with the Chris Waller-trained Permit who was second to Glencadam Gold in the Premier’s Cup.
The results of the $200,000 Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m), Randwick Race 7, will in fact have a big impact on the futures markets for The Metropolitan 2012 with a number of other top fancies for the Group 1 feature facing off in this weekend’s weight-for-age clash.
Other The Metropolitan-bound gallopers in the Hill Stakes and their Metropolitan prices include Waller’s last-start Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winner Stout Hearted ($12) and the Hawkes-trained Australian Derby runner-up Polish Knight ($13) who is yet to get up to their preferred distance this time in.
See below for the top 14 chances in the latest 2012 The Metropolitan odds.
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2012 The Metropolitan Odds
Royal Randwick – 06/10/2012
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*Odds are Win / Each Way and Top 14 only – see bookmaker.com.au for updates and to bet now!