The race toward the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival majors heated up today with Racing NSW taking the early nominations for three Group 1 showdowns including the 2013 The Metropolitan.
One of the carnival’s premier handicap clashes and a lead-up for the spring cups in Melbourne, this year’s $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) is set to run at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 5.
Like the day’s marquee race, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), this season’s The Metropolitan has 105 in the mix.
Many of the staying types have been dually accepted for both the races at the meeting including a number of Chris Waller-trained stars.
Waller has a stranglehold on Epsom entries with 16 runners and is also well represented in The Metropolitan nominations with 11 hopefuls.
Some of Waller’s major Metropolitan players include his talented French import Bayrir, Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up who resumed with a close fourth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) last Saturday, Brisbane Cup winner Moriarty, his Australian Oaks winning Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent and Doncaster winner Sacred Falls.
Last year’s The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold is nominated to defend their title this spring too as one of 13 entries for trainer Gai Waterhouse who holds the record for most wins in the event with eight.
Also featuring in the top end of The Metropolitan results last year back for another shot this year are Waller’s runner-up Kelinni, and stablemate to the winner, third placed Reuben Percival.
Along with Glencadam Gold and Reuben Percival some of Waterhouse’s other more notable hopes are six-year-old Cape Cross gelding Julienas who resumed with a second in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup last week, and Galileo stallion Michelangelo yet to debut down under.
Another big player last spring that features in these entries is the Lloyd Williams-owned Melbourne Cup champ Green Moon who is to resume racing in Melbourne’s $350,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.
Among some of the other more notable The Metropolitan Handicap 2013 nominations are the Peter Moody-trained Viola Ici, recent Grafton Cup winner Mr O’Ceirin and Green Moon’s stablemate Sea Moon who will run in Australia for the first time Saturday week in the Makybe Diva Stakes.
The Metropolitan final field of acceptors is due for release on Wednesday October 2.
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2013 The Metropolitan Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 05/10/2013
|1||ABOVE ALL (GB)||David Vandyke|
|2||AGENT BAUER||Gwenda Markwell|
|3||ALIYANA (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings|
|4||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker|
|6||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney|
|8||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller|
|9||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller|
|10||BIT OF HELL (IRE)||Mick Price|
|11||BUSINESS DAY (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|13||COLOUR MY WORLD (FR)||David Vandyke|
|14||COMMISSION (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings|
|15||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton|
|16||DANAS BEST||Gai Waterhouse|
|17||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace|
|18||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston|
|19||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|20||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|21||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan|
|22||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|24||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|25||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|26||FREEZY (IRE)||Anthony Freedman|
|27||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman|
|28||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|29||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|30||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes|
|31||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|32||HARTANI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|33||HATHRAS (GB)||Kris Lees|
|35||HIGH SHOT (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|36||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|37||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody|
|38||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller|
|40||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|41||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|42||KESAMPOUR (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|43||KIM WARRIOR||Bart & James Cummings|
|44||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|45||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke|
|46||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston|
|47||LUCRIPETOUS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|48||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller|
|49||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|50||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Gerald Ryan|
|52||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|53||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|55||MEMRO BILL (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings|
|56||MICHELANGELO (GB)||Gai Waterhouse|
|57||MOONSTONES (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|58||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|59||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes|
|61||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney|
|62||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|63||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher|
|64||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|65||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|66||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse|
|67||PACKING EMPIRE (NZ)||David Hayes|
|68||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price|
|69||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell|
|71||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker|
|72||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|74||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|75||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke|
|76||RANKED (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|77||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|78||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|79||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller|
|80||SACRED FLYER (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|81||SAGHANN (IRE)||Anthony Freedman|
|82||SAHARA SUN (CHI)||Ciaron Maher|
|83||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|84||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|85||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott|
|86||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Craig Ritchie|
|87||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody|
|89||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|91||TE KARAKA||Michael Moroney|
|92||TENBY LADY (USA)||Gai Waterhouse|
|93||THE CLEANER||Robert Smerdon|
|94||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott|
|95||TO THE WIRE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|96||TONOPAH (USA)||Craig Ritchie|
|97||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|98||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|99||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|100||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody|
|101||WHY NOT (GER)||David Hayes|
|102||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes|
|104||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|105||ZUTERO (GER)||Anthony Freedman|