The John O’Shea-trained Magic Hurricane remains steady at the top of The Metropolitan 2015 odds to win the last of three Group 1 features at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney this weekend.
Running as the last on a bumper nine-race Epsom Handicap Day line-up, this year’s $750,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m) jumps at 5:20pm (AEST) and there are 13 left in the line-up after the early scratchings of Hawkspur and Kapour.
Leading the latest The Metropolitan betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of the $700 bonus welcome bet for first time depositing players that quote the code SPRINGBONUS this season, is Godolphin galloper Magic Hurricane ($3.80) jumping from the inside alley with James McDonald in the saddle.
The six-year-old son of Hurricane Run won the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) in late August before his second on September 19 at Randwick in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) when defeated only a neck by Preferement in his The Metropolitan lead-up.
He is back up to the mile and a half for the first time since July last year in Europe and should appreciate the extra metres as well as the favourable gate as he looks to become the second favourite in four years to win The Metropolitan long with Glencadam Gold (2012).
Also under double figures are three other runners with Robert Hickmott’s proven stayer Chance To Dance ($9 into $7.50) who has a solid 2400m record (4-1-2-0), the easing 58kg top weight Beaten Up ($6.50 out to $8) and the widely-drawn Almoonqith also on the drift from $7 to $8 for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.
Despite his easing price the Chris Waller-trained eight-year-old Group 1 winner Beaten Up looks a genuine hope dropping a kilo from the 59kg he carried to a close fourth when beaten only a length last time out in the Hill Stakes.
His last run over this distance was at Rosehill during the autumn when third to Hartnell in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and he’ll be nearing his peak now with a nice run to follow from the barrier two draw.
The genuine The Metropolitan market mover is a stablemate to the favourite, the fellow O’Shea-trained Hurricane Run six-year-old Havana Cooler after his maiden run down under.
He’s been well backed early in from $16 right into $10 with Brazilian Joao Moreira currently down under and booked for the ride on the last start Kingston Town Stakes sixth placegetter who should be improving on better ground this start.
Other stayers getting a bit of love from the punters and firming in their prices for an upset The Metropolitan result include the fellow Waller-trained duo of Beyond Thankful ($13 into $11) and Junoob ($15 into $12).
Drawn wide and penalised one kilo taking him up to 57kg, Whipper gelding Beyond Thankful comes off a winning black type double in the Wyong Gold Cup and Newcastle Gold Cup, the latest on September 18 with 58kg on his back over 2300m.
The Newcastle Cup form has held up in The Metropolitan in recent years with both Waller’s upset winner The Vermiantor (2011) and Glencadam Gold for Gai Waterhouse 12 months later coming out of the race to take out the Group 1.
While Beyond Thankful has the outside alley for jockey Hugh Bowman to overcome, Waller’s Haafhd eight-year-old Junoob (57.5kg) should get a lovely smooth run from gate three with New Zealand hoop Opie Bosson booked for the ride on the near-to-peak galloper.
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