2015 The Metropolitan Handicaps: Our Ivanhowe Top Weight

Lee & Anthony Freedman’s German import Our Ivanhowe heads The Metropolitan 2015 weights with 58kg for next month’s mile and a half feature at Royal Randwick.

Magic Hurricane

Magic Hurricane leads early 2015 The Metropolitan Handicap betting – weights now out for the October 3 classic at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of three elite level classics on the Epsom Handicap Day on October 3 this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, handicaps for the 92 nominations for the $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) were released this week.

A $13 chance in the futures The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, six-year-old Soldier Hollow stallion Our Ivanhowe will have the task of carrying more weight to victory than any other horse in over 30 years if he makes it all the way to race day.

The most weight carried by a The Metropolitan Handicap winner since 1983 is 57.5kg by Hayai for his second in 1984, and since that 56.5kg by Country Tyrone (2004).

A dual Group 1 winner over seas over 2400m, Our Ivanhowe has had just the one run down under so far when seventh in Adelaide’s Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) in mid-May that he is tipped to improve on this time in.

He is followed in The Metropolitan weights by the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell (57.5kg) and Chris Waller’s Royal Descent (56.5kg) who are both also nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at the same meeting where they are allocated one kilo less each.

O’Shea prepares Authorized gelding Hartnell who has winning form at The Metropolitan distance in Sydney at elite level thanks to his success in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) back in late March.

His return was a fourth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 5 and his current price in all-in The Metropolitan betting is $11 to hand O’Shea his first Metropolitan win since Bedouin (2003).

Royal Descent meanwhile is at $21 as the Waller-trained Redoute’s Choice mare is more like to stick to the mile in the Epsom at the meeting, Waller boasting two The Metropolitan wins including Opinion (2014) last spring.

Currently sitting top of The Metropolitan Handicap odds is Magic Hurricane ($9) who is also trained by O’Shea for Godolphin, the six-year-old son of Hurricane Run last seen winning the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill.

The import is entered to run again this Saturday in Randwick’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) or alternatively he could run on Friday in the $175,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) that has produced two Epsom Handicap winners in the past four years.

Also high up the Epsom markets for Waller are last start Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winner Silverball ($10) and The BMW third placegetter Beaten Up ($11) who are allocated 53kg and 54.5kg respectively.

Others in The Metropolitan mix at around the same early price include ATC Derby runner-up Hauraki ($11) getting in on a 52kg lightweight, stablemate Complacent ($13) with 55.5kg and sitting equal fourth in the ballot with Waller’s Sydney Cup runner-up Who Shot Thebarman, the John Thomspon-trained French import Orbec ($13)with 52kg and Gai Waterhouse-trained seven-year-old The Offer ($13) with 55kg.

Check out the full The Metropolitan 2015 weights and latest ballot order below, the final field due out along with the barrier draw on the Tuesday before the race.

Before then check out the juicy all-in prices on offer for the upcoming Group 1s in Sydney online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where your first deposit will also be matched by the house dollar for dollar up to $500 with use of the code SPRINGBONUS!

2015 The Metropolitan Weights

Randwick Racecourse – 03/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 20x7433x13 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 1 56.5kg 115
2 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 2 58kg 114
3 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 3 57.5kg 113
4 221112×01 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 4= 55.5kg 109
5 103x5442x7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 55.5kg 109
6 x5960x8x15 THE OFFER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 6 55kg 108
7 x800530x48 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 7= 54.5kg 107
8 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 7= 54.5kg 107
9 43352x0x33 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 9= 54kg 106
10 9698464×79 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 106
11 3311x6x0x0 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 9= 54kg 106
12 1x889431x0 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 106
13 70x0084x75 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 106
14 0160x82Px0 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 106
15 130082×249 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 106
16 x2237x421x BONFIRE (GB) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 16= 53kg 104
17 7x0556x5x0 PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 James Cummings 16= 53kg 104
18 421x0628x0 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 16= 53kg 104
19 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 16= 53kg 104
20 1×18821141 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 20= 52.5kg 103
21 0033075×00 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 20= 52.5kg 103
22 22x131x0x0 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) G 7 John Sadler 20= 52.5kg 103
23 4x1141x98 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 20= 52kg 103
24 11x6650x55 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 20= 52kg 103
25 111x230x25 SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher 20= 52kg 103
26 23x43028x4 BIG MEMORY (FR) G 6 Tony McEvoy 26= 52.5kg 102
27 0x40831516 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 8 Brian Smith 26= 52.5kg 102
28 24004361×1 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody 28= 52kg 101
29 x015416x50 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 28= 52kg 101
30 x36211x0x0 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 28= 52kg 101
31 134321x6x1 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 31 52kg 100
32 17x32303x8 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 32= 52kg 99
33 664x0726x7 BRIGANTIN (USA) H 9 Jim Litt 32= 52kg 99
34 x12x009x83 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 32= 52kg 99
35 1575×62221 IGGIMACOOL M 5 Robert Smerdon 32= 52kg 99
36 023x8761x0 LA AMISTAD M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 32= 52kg 99
37 16x684x4x8 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke 32= 52kg 99
38 x61337x8x9 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 38= 52kg 98
39 x125236x35 KINGDOMS (NZ) G 6 Brian Smith 38= 52kg 98
40 0357x214x0 LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston 40= 52kg 97
41 4x078160x0 TREMEC (NZ) G 7 John P Thompson 40= 52kg 97
42 11x60212x0 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 42= 52kg 96
43 4x00x86123 KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 42= 52kg 96
44 1x4x3x0x12 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 42= 52kg 96
45 33322211×0 GENUINE LAD G 5 Robert Smerdon 45= 52kg 95
46 13955×1431 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 45= 52kg 95
47 24211x7x23 ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson 45= 52kg 95
48 63109008×6 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) G 6 Bruce Wallace 48 52kg 94
49 4700x88x00 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 49 52kg 93
50 00755×9960 DISCLAIMER (GB) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 50 52kg 92
51 3361514712 SIR MAKO (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 51= 52kg 91
52 2x0535x868 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 51= 52kg 91
53 1x1654159x DELAGO’S SECRET G 5 Roger James 53= 52kg 90
54 4x21221x12 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 53= 52kg 90
55 2x086x014x SCRATCHY BOTTOM M 5 Michael Kent 53= 52kg 90
56 4117x28x14 KING KINSHASA (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 56= 52kg 88
57 416x1x8x1x NEVIS (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 56= 52kg 88
58 710320x2x5 VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56= 52kg 88
59 9235748×76 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 59= 52kg 87
60 0x09792x00 SLOW PACE (USA) G 8 Kris Lees 59= 52kg 87
61 154x2121x6 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 61 52kg 86
62 4111×41191 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke 62= 52kg 85
63 3x362Lx606 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 62= 52kg 85
64 11x245x0x8 DOUMARAN (FR) G 5 Robert Hickmott 64= 52kg 84
65 x063373622 JUST AS COSMIC M 6 Jason Coyle 64= 52kg 84
66 x71150x7x0 WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 64= 52kg 84
67 1x4872x31x CARLO BUGATTI (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 67= 52kg 83
68 8x813111x5 GESEMI (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker 67= 52kg 83
69 3983211×74 SASENKILE G 5 Tony McEvoy 67= 52kg 83
70 6x23x98x21 EXTRA NOBLE (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 70= 52kg 81
71 88x007141x MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 70= 52kg 81
72 87300×7429 PACIFIC HEIGHTS (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 70= 52kg 81
73 x059341115 SOVIET COURAGE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 70= 52kg 81
74 71311×9 ARALDO JUNIOR (GER) G 5 Michael Moroney 74 52kg 80
75 3621120×87 EPSOM HILL (SWE) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75= 52kg 78
76 6×05478714 GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) G 7 Paul Perry 75= 52kg 78
77 312153×732 ARTIBAI (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 77= 52kg 77
78 2x530x4311 EMERALD CITY G 5 David Vandyke 77= 52kg 77
79 7x2x9x0056 DIAGHAN (FR) G 5 Peter G Moody 79 52kg 76
80 44x6111x77 STELLARIZED G 5 Peter G Moody 80 52kg 75
81 5x15x67512 DANCE OF HEROES (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 81 52kg 74
82 123×75516 MONTEUX H 4 Peter G Moody 82 52kg 73
83 213x520x04 JIAYUGUAN (IRE) M 5 John P Thompson 83= 52kg 72
84 213×431235 LOVING HOME (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 83= 52kg 72
85 52x6105x42 ZEE ZEELY (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 83= 52kg 72
86 6315×1 NAZIR (NZ) G 4 James Cummings 86= 52kg 71
87 18×0494297 ZAYAM (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 86= 52kg 71
88 212216×041 PURPLE SMILE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 88 52kg 70
89 x0x0083x54 GERONTIUS G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 89 52kg 69
90 311x0957x4 FLUORESCENT (NZ) M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90 52kg 66
91 22x14x3373 KARIGARA (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 91 52kg 65
92 21x6x08x97 DUBAI DEER (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 92 52kg 60

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