David Vandyke’s highly spruiked French import Prince Cheri remains top of The Metropolitan 2013 odds after the final field and barriers for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic were released on Wednesday.
This Saturday, October 5, Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse will host an all-stakes-race program headlined by a triple shot of Group 1 racing.
The final event on the card and one of those elite levels is the $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m) running as Race 9 at 5:25pm (AEST).
Originally drawing a final field of 15 hopefuls, The Metropolitan field is now down to 14 hopes following the early scratching of #9 Peal Of Bells, sixth in the race last year, who has been sidelined due to a ligament injury.
Pre-field favourite Prince Cheri meanwhile has been reinstated at the top of the markets now paying $3.80 to win this Group 1 ahead of the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19 for which they are currently rated a $26 chance to win.
The four-year-old Lando stallion has won their last two on the trot, most recently holding off Honorius to take out the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on September 14.
They step up to the mile and a half for the first time down under here but where competitive twice over the distance in their opening two starts back in France for former Melbourne Cup winning horseman Mikel Delzangles last year.
Close second pick in The Metropolitan betting at a quote of $4.40 is then the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty.
Drawn on the rails in gate one with Glyn Schofield to ride, Moriarty won the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) over this distance during the winter carrying 58kg.
They get back up to the 2400m for the first time since here with 56.5kg on their back and are in top form for it too having won the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 21 over last year’s The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold.
There is then just one remaining single figure fancy in the latest markets with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas paying $8.50 to hand their trainer with an incredible ninth The Metropolitan win.
Waterhouse won the race 12 months ago with Glencadam Gold and is back in 2013 with a livewire chance in Cape Cross seven-year-old Julienas who is drawn in gate 13, into 12, with Tommy Berry riding.
Julienas is another last start winner having taken out the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) with 59kg at Rosehill just last Saturday.
On a short back-up the galloper has had four runs this prep and is firing on all cylinders, plus they drop back to 55kg here giving them another advantage.
Other The Metropolitan hopes with genuine claims at more generous prices then include the Lloyd Williams-owned Seville ($12), the 58kg top weight and reigning Sydney Cup winner Mourayan ($13), Peter Moody’s recent Caulfield winner Ibicenco ($13) and the autumn’s ATC third placed Kingdoms ($13).
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2013 The Metropolitan Odds
Royal Randwick Race 9 – 5:25pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013
|5||SNEAK A PEEK (11)||15.00|
|7||PRINCE CHERI (2)||3.80|
|9||PEAL OF BELLS (7)||–|
|10||I’M IMPOSING (10)||15.00|
|12||SAINT ENCOSTA (4)||201.00|
|14||DANAS BEST (6)||31.00|
|15||PLANET PURPLE (15)||201.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change