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.
|Date:||Saturday 1 October 2016|
|Conditions:||Three-year-old & Up – Open Handicap|
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 Ladbrokes.com.au 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.
Below are the latest all-in The Metropolitan 2016 betting odds on the nominations provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
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
|1st||Magic Hurricane||2 minutes 28.52 seconds|
|1st||Junoob||2 minutes 26.51 seconds|
|1st||Seville||2 minutes 32.07 seconds|
|3rd||Sneak A Peek|
|1st||Glencadem Gold||2 minutes 29.71 seconds|
|1st||The Verminator||2 minutes 33.46 seconds|
|1st||Herculian Prince||2 minutes 29.95 seconds|
|3rd||No Wine No Song|
|1st||Speed Gifted||2 minutes 35.1 seconds|
|2nd||Lodge The Deeds|
|1st||Newport||2 minutes 33 seconds|
|3rd||Get Up Jude|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Tawqeet||2 minutes 31.1 seconds|
|1st||Railings||2 minutes 28.5 seconds|
|2nd||Run Rita Run|
|3rd||Men At Work|
|1st||County Tyrone||2 minutes 33.6 seconds|
|1st||Bedouin||2 minutes 34.4 seconds|
|1st||Victory Smile||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|1st||Dress Circle||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|1st||Coco Cobanna||2 minutes 44.3 seconds|