Last year’s winning trainer Robert Hickmott will saddle-up the top weight for The Metropolitan 2014 at Royal Randwick on October 4 after his Group 2 winner Sea Moon was the heaviest handicapped for the classic.
Racing NSW today released the weights for both the $500,000 Group 1 THE STAR Epsom Handicap (1600m) as well as the $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Real Estates Agents The Metropolitan (2400m) which run in Sydney on Saturday October 4.
In the latter it is the Hickmott-trained Sea Moon who heads the handicaps with 58kg on a 52kg limit.
He was topweight in last year’s race too however didn’t end up running.
Instead Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams enjoyed success with stable mate Seville who carried 55.5kg to victory with Hugh Bowman aboard.
Sea Moon pays $17 in the latest The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to go back-to-back for the stable, the Beat Hollow seven-year-old yet to race this season.
Following Sea Moon in The Metropolitan weights are then the Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur (57.5kg) and another Hickmott hope in Mourayan (57kg).
Former Queensland Derby winning Purrealist gelding Hawkspur, an $11 chance for The Metrop, is also nominated for the Epsom.
He was last seen beating home five other Waller-trained gallopers when the stable ran top six in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 6.
Mourayan meanwhile is a $26 outsider to win The Metropolitan, the veteran nine-year-old not having raced since a dead last behind Waller’s Our Voodoo Prince in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) back in April.
Also high up the weights are then Hawkspur’s stable mate Morairaty (56kg) who ran fifth in the race last year, Michael Moroney’s Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs (55.5kg) and Who Shot Thebarman (55.5kg).
Another Waller chance, Auckland Cup winning Kiwi raider Who Shot Thebarman is well liked in the futures Metropolitan markets after the Spring Cups hope won over 2000m at Flemington over the weekend.
Waller has a strangle hold over The Metropolitan nominations this year with some of his other notable hopes and their weights including Our Voodoo Prince (52kg), Weary (55kg), Bagman (54.5kg) and Junoob (54.gk).
The Metropolitan betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au meanwhile are led by Makybe Diva’s three-quarter sister La Amistad ($7) and Waller’s French import He’s Your Man ($8) allocated 52kg and 53.5kg respectively for the Sydney classic.
The duo both ran in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) on Golden Rose Day, Waller’s horse winning the race while La Amistad finished seventh but will improve over more distance.
Also well fancied for the win are the likes of the Team Hawkes-trained Pentire gelding Entirely Platinum ($11), Spillway ($11) who races in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes this weekend looking for a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption and the in-form Gai Waterhouse-trained import Bonfire ($13).
See below for the full The Metropolitan 2014 weights and ballot order.
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2014 The Metropolitan Handicap Weights & Ballot
Royal Randwick – 04/10/2014
|1||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||1||58kg||112|
|3||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||2=||55.5kg||111|
|4||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||4||57kg||110|
|5||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||5||56kg||108|
|6||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||6||55.5kg||107|
|7||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||7=||55kg||106|
|8||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||7=||55kg||106|
|10||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||9=||54.5kg||105|
|11||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||9=||54.5kg||105|
|12||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||12=||54kg||104|
|13||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||12=||54kg||104|
|14||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||14=||53.5kg||103|
|15||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||14=||53.5kg||103|
|16||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||14=||53.5kg||103|
|17||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||14=||53.5kg||103|
|18||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||14=||53.5kg||103|
|19||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||19||53kg||102|
|20||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||20=||52.5kg||101|
|21||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||20=||52.5kg||101|
|22||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||20=||52.5kg||101|
|23||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||20=||52.5kg||101|
|24||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||20=||52.5kg||101|
|25||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||20=||52.5kg||101|
|27||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||27=||52kg||100|
|28||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||27=||52kg||100|
|29||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||27=||52kg||100|
|30||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||30=||52kg||99|
|32||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||32=||52kg||98|
|33||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||32=||52kg||98|
|34||SECESSIO (GB)||Chris Waller||32=||52kg||98|
|35||TUPAC AMARU||John O’Shea||32=||52kg||98|
|36||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||32=||52kg||98|
|37||ANCIENT KING (IRE)||Peter G Moody||37=||52kg||97|
|38||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||37=||52kg||97|
|39||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||37=||52kg||97|
|40||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||37=||52kg||97|
|41||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||41=||52kg||96|
|42||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||41=||52kg||96|
|43||MARKSMANSHIP (IRE)||Ciaron Maher||43=||52kg||95|
|44||MICHELANGELO (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||43=||52kg||95|
|45||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||45=||52kg||94|
|46||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||45=||52kg||94|
|47||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||45=||52kg||94|
|48||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||48=||52kg||93|
|49||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||48=||52kg||93|
|50||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||48=||52kg||93|
|51||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||48=||52kg||93|
|53||MULAQEN (GB)||Chris Waller||52=||52kg||92|
|54||SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI)||Peter & Paul Snowden||52=||52kg||92|
|55||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||55||52kg||90|
|56||LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||56||52kg||89|
|57||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||Chris Waller||57=||52kg||88|
|58||OMINOUS (GB)||Nigel Blackiston||57=||52kg||88|
|59||SHIKARPOUR (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||57=||52kg||88|
|60||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||60||52kg||87|
|61||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||61=||52kg||86|
|62||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||61=||52kg||86|
|63||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||63||52kg||85|
|64||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||64=||52kg||83|
|65||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||64=||52kg||83|
|66||MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB)||Michael Moroney||66||52kg||82|
|67||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||67=||52kg||80|
|68||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||67=||52kg||80|
|71||EVANGELIST (GB)||Tony McEvoy||71=||52kg||76|
|73||MADE TO ORDER||Chris Waller||73=||52kg||75|
|74||RAWNAQ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||73=||52kg||75|
|75||SPECIFIC CHOICE||Chris Waller||73=||52kg||75|
|76||PENTOMETER (NZ)||Chris Waller||76||52kg||74|
|77||RAGTIME COWBOY JOE||Matthew Smith||77=||52kg||73|
|78||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||77=||52kg||73|
|79||OAKDALE ROYAL (NZ)||Wendy Haynes||79=||52kg||70|
|80||ZATAGLIO (NZ)||David Vandyke||79=||52kg||70|
|81||AY NO DIGAS (GER)||Kris Lees||81=||52kg||69|
|82||KHALID (GB)||Paul Perry||81=||52kg||69|
|83||SENTA HELGA||Anthony Cummings||83||52kg||67|
|84||TUCANCHOO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||84||52kg||66|
|86||BEST OF THE REST||Anthony Cummings||86||52kg||63|