105 The Metropolitan 2013 Nominations Taken

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.

Glencadam Gold

Glencadam Gold is back to defend their title in the Metropolitan Handicap in 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer
1 ABOVE ALL (GB) David Vandyke
2 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell
3 ALIYANA (NZ) Bart & James Cummings
4 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker
5 ANAGOLD Mick Price
6 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney
7 BACKBONE Michael Kent
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
12 CANTONESE Bjorn Baker
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
34 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller
35 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent
36 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
37 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody
38 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller
39 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan
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
51 MASAHIKO Gai Waterhouse
52 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott
53 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
54 MCNULTY Michael Kent
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
60 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher
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
70 PELICANO Tony McEvoy
71 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker
72 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
73 PRACTICED Robert Hickmott
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
88 SPURTONIC Gai Waterhouse
89 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison
90 TANBY Robert Hickmott
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
103 YULALONA Peter Snowden
104 ZABISCO (NZ) Michael Moroney
105 ZUTERO (GER) Anthony Freedman