The Metropolitan 2017 Weights: Tavago 58kg Top Weight

Former Kiwi galloper Tavago has been allocated the 58kg top weight with 2017 The Metropolitan handicaps announced by Racing NSW today.

Tavago

Tavago heads The Metropolitan 2017 weights this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

Weights for both the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) are now out ahead of the September 30 features at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

While three gallopers share top kilos in the 2017 Epsom Handicap weights, for The Metropolitan Handicap the hefty allocation belongs solely to the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Tavago with 58kg.

The now five-year-olds on of Tavistock won the ATC Derby in 2016, but has been first past the post in just one race since winning the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) back in March.

His latest run produced a seventh to Humidor in last Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington when beaten five and a half-lengths as a $51 roughie.

As such Tavago sits as a $21 outsider in futures The Metropolitan odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au, a price lengthened post-weights.

There are 73 The Metropolitan nominations this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and all-in markets on the mile and a half classic are an open affair with just one Saturday race card to take place between now and Epsom Handicap Day.

Three chances sit top of The Metropolitan betting at an equal $8 for the win with the Chris Waller-trained trio: Antonio Giuseppe (54.5kg), Libran (57kg) and Life Less Ordinary (51kg).

Waller also dominates the top half of the Epsom Handicap betting markets this spring including preparing the current $5 favourite and lightweight chance Egg Tart.

Shocking gelding Antonio Giuseppe hasn’t won a race since February, but he looked impressive when runner-up to stablemate Libran in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last weekend.

Antonio Giuseppe also ran second in last year’s The Metropolitan quinella when carrying just 51kg in the feature.

Last year’s Sydney Cup runner-up Libran is a seven-year-old import who scored the upset at odds of $26 in the Kingston Town Stakes, the bookies reacting accordingly in the markets for The Metropolitan over the extra metres later this month.

Life Less Ordinary rounded out the all-Waller trifecta in that lead-up race, which could prove the form to follow into The Metropolitan results on September 30.

Waller has prepared two past The Metropolitan winners with The Verminator (2011) and Opinion (2014) both scoring upsets at double-figures.

Along with Libran, Waller’s Sydney and Melbourne Cup placed veteran Who Shot Thebarman will be asked to carry 57kg should he line-up in The Metropolitan field.

A rising nine-year-old, Who Shot Thebarman ran fourth only two lengths off his winning stablemate in the Kingston Town Stakes last weekend and he finished runner-up in this year’s Sydney Cup in the wet at the Randwick track.

He is out to go back-to-back for the eight-year-olds in the race following the breakthrough win for that age group last season by Sir John Hawkwood (2016).

The other highest-weighted The Metropolitan horses this spring with 56.5kg are the Lloyd Williams-raced Gallante who took out the Sydney Cup over the two miles in 2016 but who hasn’t raced since a Melbourne Cup failure last November, and the Darren Weir-trained grey stallion Guardini.

History is against the heavy weighted gallopers in the race however as Opinion (56kg in 2014) and County Tyrone (56.5kg in 2004) are the only The Metropolitan winners since Hayai (57.5kg) for his second win in 1984 to cart more than 55.5kg to victory.

Other notable The Metropolitan-bound gallopers and their weight allocations include Waller’s flying five-year-old Up ‘N’ Rolling (50kg) who is in danger of being balloted out of the race, Weir’s Sydney Cup third placegetter Big Duke (55kg), New Zealand raider Chocante (54.5kg) and current No. 1 on the order of entry Broadside (52kg).

Raise The Flag six-year-old Broadside earned a ballot exemption winning the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) on Friday and is co-trained by Gai Waterhouse who has prepared a record eight previous The Metropolitan winners.

See below for the full The Metropolitan 2017 weights before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your early tips at the right spring racing odds.

2017 The Metropolitan Weights

Royal Randwick Racecourse – 30/09/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x65123x81 BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 52kg 98
2 1x00x518x7 TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 58kg 110
3 2x8746Px61 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 108
4 55x3642x94 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 108
5 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 5= 56.5kg 107
6 x80x621x02 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 5= 56.5kg 107
7 01121x5x76 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 56kg 106
8 x9210x71x0 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 8= 55.5kg 105
9 31×9763415 DESTINY’S KISS G 9 Joseph Pride 8= 55.5kg 105
10 3x37710x24 TALLY G 5 James Cummings 8= 55.5kg 105
11 543321×806 ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 11= 55kg 104
12 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 11= 55kg 104
13 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 11= 55kg 104
14 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 11= 55kg 104
15 2x1240x542 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 15= 54.5kg 103
16 5x0x010x55 ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 15= 54.5kg 103
17 1x37301x37 CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 15= 54.5kg 103
18 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15= 54.5kg 103
19 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 15= 54.5kg 103
20 1x4214x839 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 15= 52.5kg 103
21 282x060x00 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21 54kg 102
22 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22= 53.5kg 101
23 2384x386x5 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22= 53.5kg 101
24 7x39x12x13 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 24= 53kg 100
25 028x337x76 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 24= 53kg 100
26 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 52.5kg 99
27 144×802225 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 27= 52kg 98
28 86×3151118 PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 27= 52kg 98
29 228x8x0178 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 29= 51.5kg 97
30 1x75459x70 KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 29= 51.5kg 97
31 624x128x19 MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley 29= 51.5kg 97
32 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 29= 50kg 97
33 0x50086412 AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 33= 51kg 96
34 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 33= 51kg 96
35 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 33= 51kg 96
36 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 36= 50.5kg 95
37 0x4131x590 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 36= 50.5kg 95
38 x227x090x5 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 36= 50.5kg 95
39 0184260×50 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 39= 50kg 94
40 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 39= 50kg 94
41 14x4197x88 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 39= 50kg 94
42 5225223×54 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 42= 50kg 93
43 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 42= 50kg 93
44 x121211234 SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 42= 50kg 93
45 522x0121x6 TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy 42= 50kg 93
46 2482x542x9 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 42= 50kg 93
47 213×009435 LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 47 50kg 92
48 2210×67911 EMBLEY G 6 Bjorn Baker 48= 50kg 91
49 6x1164x362 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 48= 50kg 91
50 244×306321 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 48= 50kg 91
51 9065227×37 ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings 51 50kg 90
52 12652×5770 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 52 50kg 89
53 1214×42333 ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 53= 50kg 88
54 9520449×00 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 53= 50kg 88
55 x025094221 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 7 Brian Smith 53= 50kg 88
56 x9x1735111 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 56 50kg 87
57 1x1x21x322 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 57= 50kg 86
58 14112132×7 FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 57= 50kg 86
59 22×2325210 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59= 50kg 84
60 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 84
61 168×211314 YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 59= 50kg 84
62 x891413559 CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62= 50kg 83
63 4051421427 SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 62= 50kg 83
64 7440234129 THE GETAWAY G 4 Paul Perry 64 50kg 81
65 1x354965x4 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 65 50kg 79
66 2634×54114 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 66= 50kg 78
67 53324658×8 SHALMANESER G 7 Richard Litt 66= 50kg 78
68 5241x32x11 UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 66= 50kg 78
69 1357541827 WAHNG WAH M 5 Kris Lees 66= 50kg 78
70 4621x30x46 DOUKHAN (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 70 50kg 75
71 00×4026112 EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 71 50kg 71
72 6748x111x7 ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 72 50kg 70
73 2311 SOCIAL ELEMENT (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 73 50kg 69

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