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Chocante Out to Emulate Sire in Melbourne Cup 2017

Chocante Out to Emulate Sire in Melbourne Cup 2017

Progressive Kiwi stayer Chocante is on a 2017 Melbourne Cup mission down under this spring chasing a win in the world’s most famous two-mile handicap as his sire Shocking did back in 2009. Trained across the Tasman by the Cambridge-based Stephen Marsh, the rising five-year-old is set to race exclusively in Australia this coming prep….

The Metropolitan 2016 is one of the most prestigious and anticipated races run by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) as part of their Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Held on the last major race day of the carnival on the first Saturday in October at the Royal Randwick racecourse, The Metropolitan is one of three Group 1 events at the meeting along with the Epsom Handicap (1600m) for milers and the Flight Stakes (1600m) for the three-year-old fillies.

Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday 1 October 2016
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-old & Up – Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $750,000
Inaugurated: 1863

The Metropolitan is a 2400m staying event run under open handicap conditions by entries aged three-years-old and over. Held at the end of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, punters who have watched the earlier races closely should have a fairly strong indication of the dominant runners of the season. Entries in The Metropolitan may come via a range of races including the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap (2400m) the week before, or the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in September. In recent years the Colin Stephen, run at the same course, distance and conditions, has been the most important guide to The Metropolitan. Horses to take out this Colin Stephen – Metropolitan double include Railings (2005), Dress Circle (2001), Coco Cobanna (2000), Vita Man (1999), In Joyment (1998), Heart Ruler (1997) and Hula Flight (1996).

The 2016 Metropolitan Handicap will jump on Saturday 1 October 2016 at Royal Randwick.

2016 The Metropolitan Betting

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2016 betting markets are now available online at after the release of the final field with the bookies taking no chances with the in-form Chris Waller-trained light weight Antonio Giuesppe who is favourite in the 2016 The Metropolitan odds despite this being his first Group assignment.

The Metropolitan Field & Barriers 2016

The 2016 Metropolitan field was released by Racing NSW on Tuesday September 27 and features 13 stayers including a bumper six from the stables of Chris Waller who chases his third win in the mile and a half classic. 

Check out the full 2016 The Metropolitan Final Field, Barrier Draw & Weights below.

# 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

The Metropolitan will be the last event for the contending runners at Sydney, although many of the well performing horses will continue their spring campaigns by taking part in some of the premier races of the year at the illustrious Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The AJC Metropolitan Handicap is an excellent lead-up race to the esteemed $2.5 million Caulfield Cup, as it is run under much the same conditions. The race has been a good guide to the Caulfield Cup in recent years, with Metropolitan winners Tawqueet (2006) and Railings (2005) both travelling to Melbourne after the race and claiming victory in the Caulfield Cup as well.

2016 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2016 Metropolitan nominations were released by Racing NSW on September 19 and feature 26 hopeful stayers.

Check out the full 2016 The Metropolitan Nominations now.

Below are the latest all-in The Metropolitan 2016 betting odds on the nominations provided by

The Metropolitan Handicap History

The Metropolitan has a rich history dating all the way back to the race’s inception in 1863, which was won by Regno. It began as a principal race run over 16 furlongs until 1892 when the race distance was decreased to 12 furlongs. In 1920 the length of the event went up to 13 furlongs and was then converted to 2600m in 1972. Not long after in 1979 the Metropolitan Handicap became a Group 1 event. In 2001 the race distance was decreased by 200m bringing it to today’s length of 2400m. In its long history, there has only been one year the AJC Metropolitan Handicap was not held and that was in 2007 due to the Equine Flu virus.

The Metropolitan Records
Race Record: 2:27.8 set by Hayai in 1983.
Most Successful Jockey: K. Langby won five times with Ming Dynasty (1978), Bon Teint (1975), Analie (1973), Oncidon (1971) and Striking Force (1965).
Most Heavily Weighted Winner (since 1970): Ming Dynasty with 59.5kg in 1978.

Recent Metropolitan Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Sir John Hawkwood 2 minutes 27.42 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Allergic
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Magic Hurricane 2 minutes 28.52 seconds
2nd Beaten Up
3rd Havana Cooler
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Junoob 2 minutes 26.51 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Araldo
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Seville 2 minutes 32.07 seconds
2nd Julienas
3rd Sneak A Peek
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Glencadem Gold 2 minutes 29.71 seconds
2nd Kelinni
3rd Reuben Percival
Metropolitan Handicap
1st The Verminator 2 minutes 33.46 seconds
2nd Hawk Island
3rd Lamasery
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Herculian Prince 2 minutes 29.95 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd No Wine No Song
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Speed Gifted 2 minutes 35.1 seconds
2nd Lodge The Deeds
3rd Fiumicino
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Newport 2 minutes 33 seconds
2nd Bianca
3rd Get Up Jude
Metropolitan Handicap
Race Not Held
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Tawqeet 2 minutes 31.1 seconds
2nd Activation
3rd Vanquished
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Railings 2 minutes 28.5 seconds
2nd Run Rita Run
3rd Men At Work
Metropolitan Handicap
1st County Tyrone 2 minutes 33.6 seconds
2nd Itemise
3rd Don Raphael
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Bedouin 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Daneborogh
3rd Bodie
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Victory Smile 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Piachay
3rd Dress Circle
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Danyon
3rd Homewrecker
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Coco Cobanna 2 minutes 44.3 seconds
2nd Pasta Express
3rd Citra’s Prince