David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s imported stallion Spillway has eased out in the markets but remains the favourite to win The Metropolitan 2014 at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
The four-year-old Rail Link stallion is one of a bumper 16 hopefuls facing off in the closing Epsom Handicap Day race today in Sydney with the $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m) closing proceedings at 5:20pm.
Drawn in gate nine with James McDonald to ride, Spillway carried 57.5kg and has eased out from $4.40 to $4.60 in The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
He drops half a kilo from the weight he had on his back when a running a luckless seventh in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 20.
Before that he put in two good spring openers including a close fourth to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
Today he’s back in Sydney for the first time since winning the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) here on April 26 and needs to win for connections to continue down the Caulfield Cup path with him this season.
Second pick in The Metropolitan betting markets is then the big market firmer Junoob for Chris Waller.
Found at $6 earlier in the week, the equal 58kg top weight has been slashed right into $4.80 with the money coming thick and fast for the Haafhd gelding.
His latest effort was a win over Criterion in the Group 3 Hill Stakes (2000m) here on September 20 when carrying 59kg, Blake Shinn retaining the ride on the Randwick track specialist.
The third line of The Metropolitan betting is then occupied by La Amistad at a steady quote of $7.50, do-or-die for the Team Hawkes-trained mare who is eyeing a 2014 Caulfield Cup start.
La Amistad was last seen running fourth in the Hill Stakes, form the bookies are rating, with the step up to 2400m to suit as she’s undefeated over the distance.
The last of the four single figure hopes in The Metropolitan betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is then another big market mover, Kingdoms backed in from $13 to $9.50.
Getting in on 55.5kg with Larry Cassidy to ride from barrier five, the High Chaparral five-year-old races for the first time since a second to He’s Your Man in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on September 13, the winner of that race a top chance in the Epsom Handicap this afternoon.
Just outside of those under $10 are then the likes of Chris Waller’s Hill Stakes third placegetter Bagman ($14), another Waller-trained hope Opinion ($14) who ran second to The Offer in the autumn’s Sydney Cup and stablemate Our Voodoo Prince ($16) coming off an eighth in the Naturalism.
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