Sea Moon Heads 2014 The Metropolitan Weights

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.

Sea Moon

Sea Moon is again allocated the 58kg top weight for The Metropolitan 2014. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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.

Then for the top prices on your early selections for next month’s classic visit our preferred online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au who will match your first deposit dollar for dollar up to $250 as a bonus welcome bet!

2014 The Metropolitan Handicap Weights & Ballot

Royal Randwick – 04/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 1 58kg 112
2 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 2= 57.5kg 111
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
9 BAGMAN Chris Waller 9= 54.5kg 105
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
26 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 20= 52kg 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
31 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 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
52 GALLATIN John O’Shea 52= 52kg 92
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
69 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 67= 52kg 80
70 MISSVONN David Vandyke 70 52kg 77
71 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 71= 52kg 76
72 SLIVOVITZ Kris Lees 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
85 DELIBERATE John O’Shea 85 52kg 65
86 BEST OF THE REST Anthony Cummings 86 52kg 63
87 KAJIKA David Vandyke 87 52kg 60

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