2016 The Metropolitan Field: Six for Waller

Sydney’s premier horseman Chris Waller dominates Saturday’s The Metropolitan 2016 field at Royal Randwick saddling-up six of the 13 final acceptors for the Epsom Handicap Day showdown.

Who Shot Thebarman

Who Shot Thebarman is the 57kg top weight in the 2016 The Metropolitan field for Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The second elite level on the program as the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival reaches its peak, the $750,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m) is due to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:40pm (AEST).

The handicap feature run over a mile and a half has attracted the same number of final acceptors as this year’s $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), with 13 stayers set to face off.

Half of those hail from the Waller stable as the champion trainer shoots for a third The Metropolitan win after his earlier success with The Verminator (2011) and Opinion (2014).

Waller has the three highest-weighted runners in The Metropolitan line-up this season including the 57kg top weight Who Shot Thebarman jumping from barrier eight with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Bowman is after a second winning ride after success aboard Seville (2013) three years ago, but the last horse to carry more than 56.5kg to victory was Hayai (57.5kg) for his second back in 1984/

Who Shot Thebarman is also out to be the first eight-year-old The Metropolitan winner in over three decades

He should relish the step up in distance after the proven two-miler and Sydney and Melbourne Cup placegetter carted 59kg to a brave second behind Hartnell in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) last start.

Waller also has Hill Stakes third placegetter Storm The Stars (55.5kg) and Sydney Cup winner and placegetter Grand Marshal (54.5kg), drawn in barriers four and one respectively, at the top end of The Metropolitan weight scale.

Magic Hurricane jumped from barrier one last year, while the last winner from gate four was Glencadam Gold (2012).

Waller’s contingent is rounded out by last weekend’s Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) runner-up at Rosehill Junoob, flying Kiwi expat Antonio Giuseppe chasing his fifth win on the trot after taking out the first over 2000m in Sydney last Saturday and Sacred Master.

Shocking four-year-old Antonio Giuseppe rises notably in class having his first Group run, but drops from 59kg to the 51kg minimum with dual The Metropolitan winning jockey Glen Boss aboard.

Sacred Master meanwhile is one of the top fancies in this year’s The Metropolitan odds, the five-year-old coming off a Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) win from September 16.

The defending The Metropolitan winner Magic Hurricane returns on Saturday chasing back-to-back wins in the feature for the first time since Hayai (1983-84).

The John O’Shea-trained galloper won with 55.5kg with James McDonald in the saddle 12 months ago on the back of a second in the Hill Stakes.

This weekend he actually drops a kilo in on 54.5kg, even after weights were raised 1kg at final acceptances, and has McDonald back aboard looking to become the first back-t-back winning hoop since 1990-91.

Magic Hurricane comes off a Hill Stakes run again this campaign having finished fourth, eight lengths off the winner.

See below for the full The Metropolitan 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights before checking the latest markets at our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 8 (4:40pm) – 01/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x90324x652 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 111
2 314x797x33 STORM THE STARS (USA) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 55.5kg 108
3 x08533x726 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 54.5kg 106
4 1x7966x534 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 3 54.5kg 106
5 212x1322x2 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 6 54kg 105
6 0463823532 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 10 53.5kg 104
7 16113×8821 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 53kg 103
8 1122×61531 ALLERGIC John O’Shea Michael Dee (a) 2 51.5kg 100
9 89×5676414 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 13 51kg 96
10 9x603D1665 AMEXED (NZ) Tony Gollan Johan Victoire 11 51kg 93
11 46x3269x22 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kerrin McEvoy 7 51kg 92
12 146×51111 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5 51kg 78
13 1399550690 QUARTERMASTER Paul Perry Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 51kg 63

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