A near-maximum field of 16 classy stayers has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (1600m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse, offering punters a huge variety of betting opportunities.
Plenty of international talent is featured on the Epsom Handicap Day distance race field, each riding for qualifying help in the top 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features.
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s Spillway opened the betting market as favourite, offering odds of $4.40 at Ladbrokes.com.au and will need to win The Metrop to make the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) final field.
The Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) winner isn’t heading into The Metropolitan 2014 with the best form, having come seventh in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) last time out, but Hayes believes the talented horse just needs a little right timing on his side to succeed.
Junoob, one of Chris Waller’s five horses for the race, is a market mover having already been shortened from $7. Money is coming in for the gelding after he drew barrier three under jockey Blake Shinn.
The seven-year-old won his last start, the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) by nearly two lengths but finished bottom of the field in his last miler.
Team Hawkes’ Listed McKell Cup (2400m) winner La Amistad is third-favourite in the betting market to take home The Metropolitan 2014 after missing out on a Hill Stakes placing by just half a length.
Now is the perfect time for punters to place a bet on the Randwick race, seeing as there are a number of runners at lucrative odds with a strong chance at causing an upset.
The John Sargent-trained Iggi Pop ($17) will benefit from a rails run after drawing barrier one and will also enjoy a weight of up to 3kg lighter than many of his competitors.
This gelding has proved to be a successful stayer after taking out the Listed QLD Cup (3200m) in July and runner-up in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap (2400m) on September 13.
This will be the six-year-olds first step up in class to Group One.
Gai Waterhouse’s Travolta is also offering lucrative odds of $19 and will start from the second gate. The six-year-old has failed to place in any of his three spring racing starts but a change in jockey (Joshua Parr for Tommy Berry) may help the gelding bring it home.
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