Lloyd Williams-owned runners dominate The Metropolitan 2013 weights released by Racing NSW this week with reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon and their stablemate Sea Moon both allocated 59kg.
Running at Royal Randwick on Saturday October 5 as one of two Group 1 highlights of Epsom Handicap Day, the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) has 102 stayers still in contention.
Of those heading towards the prestigious Sydney Spring Racing Carnival showdown, the two top-weights are both Robert Hickmott-trained gallopers.
Montjeu stallion Green Moon is a dual Group 1 winner down under having taken out the Turnbull Stakes – Melbourne Cup double last spring.
Also competitive when fourth in the Futurity Stakes and Australian Cup during the autumn the now six-year-old resumed on August 31 at Caulfield finishing a brave fifth to Cox Plate favourite Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
They pay $19 for The Metropolitan.
At $21 is then Sea Moon, the imported Beat Hollow stallion 12th in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in their Australian debut at the start of the month.
The next heaviest weighted hopeful on 58kg is then Chris Waller’s flying Dansili six-year-old Foreteller.
Breaking their Group 1 maiden in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill back in March, Foreteller was competitive all that season including their second to the fellow Waller-trained Beaten Up in the Doomben Cup in Brisbane.
They have had two runs this time in and became a dual Group 1 champion last start on September 7 narrowly holding off current Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
In fact, the top nine weighted gallopers for the 2013 The Metropolitan either come from Hickmott or Waller.
Hickmott and Williams also have 39-start veteran Mourayan (57.5kg) who won the Sydney Cup in April, and English import Masked Marvel (56.5kg).
Foreteller is then followed by stablemates Beaten Up (57kg), Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur (57kg) who won the Chelmsford Stakes last start in Sydney, last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Kelinni (56kg) and Brisbane Cup winner Moriarty (56kg).
Moriarty is also the $9 early favourite in The Metropolitan betting.
They are followed by Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up ($11).
Waller’s 54.5kg chance Bayrir, Foreteller and Hawkspur are all then rated $12, before his Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent ($13).
The first non-Waller-trained chance in The Metropolitan odds is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained High Chaparral four-year-old Ecuador ($14).
Currently equal 67th on the order of entry with only 52kg the gelding has won their last two Sydney runs this September including a three length effort over Diamond Jim over 1800m last Saturday.
Waterhouse also has 12 other hopes with the only two guaranteed a start being defending The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold (55.kg) and evergreen Cape Cross seven-year-old Julienas (54.5kg).
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest The Metropolitan field updates.
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2013 The Metropolitan Weights & Ballot
Royal Randwick – 05/10/2013
|1||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||1=||59kg||114|
|2||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||1=||59kg||114|
|3||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||3||58kg||112|
|4||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||4||57.5kg||111|
|5||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||5=||57kg||110|
|7||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||7||56.5kg||109|
|8||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||8=||56kg||108|
|9||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||8=||56kg||108|
|10||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||10=||55.5kg||107|
|12||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||12||55kg||106|
|13||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||13=||54.5kg||105|
|14||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||13=||54.5kg||105|
|15||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||16||54kg||104|
|17||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||18=||53kg||102|
|18||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||18=||53kg||102|
|19||KESAMPOUR (FR)||Peter G Moody||20=||52.5kg||101|
|20||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Joseph Pride||20=||52.5kg||101|
|21||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||20=||52.5kg||101|
|22||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||20=||52.5kg||101|
|23||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||13=||52.5kg||105|
|24||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||20=||52.5kg||101|
|25||ABOVE ALL (GB)||David Vandyke||87||52kg||72|
|26||AGENT BAUER||Gwenda Markwell||78=||52kg||76|
|27||ALIYANA (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||88=||52kg||70|
|29||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||47=||52kg||91|
|31||BIT OF HELL (IRE)||Mick Price||44=||52kg||92|
|32||BUSINESS DAY (NZ)||John P Thompson||97=||52kg||62|
|34||COLOUR MY WORLD (FR)||David Vandyke||80=||52kg||75|
|35||COMMISSION (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||90=||52kg||68|
|36||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||28=||52kg||98|
|37||DANAS BEST||Gai Waterhouse||67=||52kg||82|
|38||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||82=||52kg||74|
|39||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||49=||52kg||90|
|40||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67=||52kg||82|
|41||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||90=||52kg||68|
|42||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||36||52kg||96|
|44||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||71||52kg||80|
|45||FREEZY (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||75=||52kg||77|
|46||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||58=||52kg||88|
|47||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||61||52kg||87|
|48||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes||54=||52kg||89|
|49||HARTANI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||37=||52kg||95|
|50||HIGH SHOT (NZ)||Michael Kent||95=||52kg||64|
|51||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||62=||52kg||85|
|52||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||49=||52kg||90|
|54||KIM WARRIOR||Bart & James Cummings||94||52kg||65|
|55||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||72=||52kg||79|
|56||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||32=||52kg||97|
|57||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||49=||52kg||90|
|58||LUCRIPETOUS (NZ)||Chris Waller||54=||52kg||89|
|59||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller||44=||52kg||92|
|60||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Gerald Ryan||85=||52kg||73|
|63||MEMRO BILL (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||97=||52kg||62|
|64||MICHELANGELO (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||32=||52kg||97|
|65||MOONSTONES (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||90=||52kg||68|
|66||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||44=||52kg||92|
|67||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney||74||52kg||78|
|68||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||78=||52kg||76|
|69||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||28=||52kg||98|
|70||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||82=||52kg||74|
|71||PACKING EMPIRE (NZ)||David Hayes||97=||52kg||62|
|72||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||25=||52kg||100|
|73||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||39=||52kg||94|
|75||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||85=||52kg||73|
|76||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||37=||52kg||95|
|78||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||54=||52kg||89|
|79||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||25=||52kg||100|
|80||RANKED (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||54=||52kg||89|
|81||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||39=||52kg||94|
|82||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||64=||52kg||84|
|83||SACRED FLYER (NZ)||Chris Waller||58=||52kg||88|
|84||SAGHANN (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||88=||52kg||70|
|85||SAHARA SUN (CHI)||Ciaron Maher||49=||52kg||90|
|86||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||58=||52kg||88|
|87||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Craig Ritchie||39=||52kg||94|
|89||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||80=||52kg||75|
|90||TE KARAKA||Michael Moroney||90=||52kg||68|
|91||TENBY LADY (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||75=||52kg||77|
|92||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||28=||52kg||98|
|93||TO THE WIRE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||102||52kg||58|
|94||TONOPAH (USA)||Craig Ritchie||95=||52kg||64|
|95||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||39=||52kg||94|
|96||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||72=||52kg||79|
|97||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||25=||52kg||100|
|98||WHY NOT (GER)||David Hayes||64=||52kg||84|
|99||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes||82=||52kg||74|
|101||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney||49=||52kg||90|
|102||ZUTERO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||101||52kg||60|