2014 The Metropolitan Nominations Feature 87 Entries

A host of spring cup hopes feature in the 87 nominations released for The Metropolitan 2014, entries for both it and two other Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features taken by the Australian Turf Club(ATC) today.

La Amistad

Caulfiled Cup-bound La Amistad is a headline 2014 The Metropolitan nominee for Sydney on October 4. Photo: Steve Hart.

The ATC took 96 nominations for the $400,000 Group 1 Moet And Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11, and 87 each for two October 4 features – the $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom (1600m) and the $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m).

Included in The Metropolitan nominees are a number of Melbourne-bound stayers including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained La Amistad.

A lightly-raced daughter of Redoute’s Choice, the five-year-old is nominated for all the Victorian majors and is the shortest priced of The Metropolitan nominees in the futures markets for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

She pays $17 through Ladbrokes.com.au in Caulfield Cup odds led by Rising Romance ($15) and has had one start this time in.

A winner of five of her 12 starts so far, La Amistad enjoyed a great winter campaign that resulted in a Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) victory over Destiny’s Kiss by four lengths.

She returned on August 21 in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury and ran third, improvement to come as she gets more distance over the coming months.

Also from the Hawkes’ stable in The Metropolitan nominations is recent Rosehill winner Entirely Platinum, the Pentire gelding also entered for the Epsom at the same meeting.

Another notable Caulfield Cup hope in The Metropolitan contention this year is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway.

The British import debuted in Australian during the autumn and enjoyed a Group 3 JRA Plate win three runs in.

A son of Rail Link, he resumed on August 16 at Caulfield in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and finished runner-up to Star Rolling to move into $21 in Caulfield Cup betting.

Hayes and Dabernig have a total of six The Metropolitan entries this year with their other more notable chance being Cox Plate hope Crackerjack King, the import having failed when dead last behind Tiger Tees first-up in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington at the start of the month.

At this early stage of the season connections are keeping options open with their gallopers.

So, even though The Metropolitan is held over 2400m, a number of Cox Plate nominees for the 2040m Melbourne race the same month are also nominated for the Sydney mile-and-a-half showdown.

Of course The Metropolitan can also serve as a nice lead-up race for not only the Caulfield Cup over the same distance a fortnight later, but also the iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 4.

Along with the aforementioned La Amistad at $21, other well-fancied hope in Melbourne Cup futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au nominated for The Metropolitan include Our Voodoo Prince ($26) and Sea Moon ($26).

Chris Waller’s Kingmambo seven-year-old Our Voodoo Prince enjoyed three straight wins in his opening campaign down under during the autumn but failed on a Heavy (9) track at Randwick last Saturday when dead last (9th) behind Terravista in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m).

He is also one of an incredible 21 The Metropolitan entries for Waller.

Waller’s other more notable hopes include last year’s Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur, French import He’s Your Man, recent Rosehill winner Hoylonny, Eagle Farm Cup winner Moriaraty, Weary and Grafton Cup runner-up Secessio.

English St Leger placegetter Sea Moon meanwhile is a Lloyd Williams-owned, Robert Hickmott-trained stallion last seen running last in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) in early March.

Hickmott won last year’s The Metropolitan with the since retired Seville and along with Sea Moon has also nominated for the likes of Mourayan and Masked Marvel.

Other notable The Metropolitan nominations include the Peter Moody-trained Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco, Ciaron Maher’s Eagle Farm Cup runner-up Mr O’Ceirin, the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare Queenstown and Michael Moroney’s Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs.

See below for the full The Metropolitan 2014 nominations, weights for both it and the Epsom Handicap due out on Monday September 15th.

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2014 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 04/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott
2 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody
3 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney
4 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 69
5 BAGMAN Chris Waller
6 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 85
7 BEST OF THE REST Anthony Cummings 62
8 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) Chris Waller 89
9 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 101
10 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody
11 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 102
12 CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 94
13 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 94
14 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
15 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace 90
16 DELIBERATE John O’Shea 63
17 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 103
18 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 86
19 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
20 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 76
21 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 90
22 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott
23 GALLATIN John O’Shea 93
24 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
25 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 79
26 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 90
27 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 108
28 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 98
29 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 100
30 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 105
31 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent 93
32 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 105
33 KAJIKA David Vandyke 57
34 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 69
35 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith
36 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
37 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 89
38 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 109
39 LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE) Chris Waller 97
40 MADE TO ORDER Chris Waller 78
41 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher
42 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 108
43 MICHELANGELO (GB) Gai Waterhouse 97
44 MISSVONN David Vandyke 78
45 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney
46 MOBACO (FR) Darren Weir
47 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 108
48 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
49 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 103
50 MULAQEN (GB) Chris Waller
51 MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller 89
52 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 104
53 OAKDALE ROYAL (NZ) Wendy Haynes 70
54 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 88
55 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 102
56 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 80
57 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) Kris Lees 86
58 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 100
59 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller 76
60 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 80
61 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 101
62 RAGTIME COWBOY JOE Matthew Smith 74
63 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
64 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 93
65 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 110
66 SECESSIO (GB) Chris Waller 98
67 SENTA HELGA Anthony Cummings 68
68 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott
69 SLIVOVITZ Kris Lees
70 SPECIFIC CHOICE Chris Waller 76
71 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
72 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 87
73 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott
74 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 102
75 TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 74
76 TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller 95
77 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 103
78 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 94
79 TUCANCHOO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
80 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 98
81 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
82 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 111
83 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 106
84 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 103
85 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 98
86 WROTHAM HEATH (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
87 ZATAGLIO (NZ) David Vandyke 71

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