Metropolitan 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A strong field of 14 runners has been named to contest the Group 1 2012 Metropolitan (2400m) which takes place as part of “Super Saturday” at Randwick this weekend.

Heading the field is Gai Waterhouse-trained import Glencadam Gold who has won all three starts since arriving on Australian soil with the most impressive being a dominant start-to-finish display in the Newcastle Cup.

Waterhouse bought the import with the goal of chasing glory in the spring’s biggest staying races and he was given a glowing endorsement from jockey Nash Rawiller following the Newcastle Cup win.

“I ran him along at a genuine clip the whole way and let this horse get into his own rhythm…this bloke’s all class isn’t he,” Rawiller said.

“He’s been well performed over in England and Gai’s put the final touches on him over here and done a terrific job with him.”

But Rawiller will not be riding Glencadam Gold on Saturday, with Tommy Berry booked for the ride.

Also heading into the race in terrific form is David Vandyke-trained gelding Lamasery who is fresh off a win in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 22.

The six-year-old finished third in the Metropolitan last year and is still chasing an elusive Group 1 win.

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller, who won the event last year with The Verminator, has a strong presence with The Verminator joined by Permit, Stout Hearted and Kelinni this year.

While Sydney horses dominate much of the field, there are some travelling contenders including recent JRA Stakes winner Buxted and former Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.

Fruehling won at Mornington first-up and has since run a promising fourth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

Other Metropolitan contenders include Australian Derby runner-up Polish Knight and Ron Quinton-trained mare Crafty Irna.

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The Metropolitan 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 860x9052x0 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott TBA 4 58kg 111
2 338x5x0007 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott James McDonald 9 55kg 105
3 411314×431 LAMASERY David Vandyke Peter Robl 1 54.5kg 109
4 13311Px826 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Corey Brown 2 54kg 103
5 x0720x0460 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller TBA 11 53.5kg 101
6 3190x0x111 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 5 53kg 101
7 612912×989 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 12 53kg 100
8 242543×212 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Christian Reith 3 52kg 100
9 43×1411314 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 6 52kg 100
10 79521315×5 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 52kg 95
11 331×221141 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller TBA 8 52kg 94
12 x83x56x351 BUXTED (IRE) Sam Pritchard-Gordon Brenton Avdulla 10 52kg 93
13 3403164×92 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 7 52kg 93
14 11116×2952 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell Jason Collett 14 52kg 86