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.
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
|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|
|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|
|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||–|
|24||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|25||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||79|
|26||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|28||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||98|
|30||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||105|
|31||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||93|
|32||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||105|
|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|
|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|
|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||–|
|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|