The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan is a Group 1 race run over 2400m at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival as a possible Caulfield Cup lead-up.

2018 The Metropolitan Results

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  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Metropolitan 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 either the last Saturday in September or 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.

2018 Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday 29th September, 2018
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 2018 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday 29th September, 2018 at Royal Randwick.

2018 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

See below for the official The Metropolitan 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the upset win of the Lloyd Williams-raced lightweight Foundry who held off the Darren Weir-trained Bid Duke and the third-placed Kiwi raider Chocante.

2018 The Metropolitan Betting

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2018 betting markets will be provided for punters below across the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival complete with links to the best The Metropolitan odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 The Metropolitan Field & Barriers

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 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.

Each season The Metropolitan field and barriers are released the week of the race attracting a capacity line-up of 18 starters plus four emergencies.

The official 2018 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced on September 26, 2018 and published in full below once released.

The Metropolitan 2018 Field is now out with 18 stayers in the mix including eight for Chris Waller whose contingent is dominating The Metropolitan betting.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x56164x52 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Tye Angland 2 57kg 109
2 021443×005 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 8 56.5kg 107
3 28x420x837 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 16 56kg 107
4 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 10 54.5kg 104
5 22x9131x40 SEDANZER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 53kg 104
6 3114656×64 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 4 51kg 97
7 36164x0x02 MIDTERM (GB) Liam Howley Michael Dee 17 50.5kg 96
8 4x32267x39 ALWARD (IRE) Chris Waller 1 50.5kg 95
9 419337×351 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Dean Holland 9 50kg 92
10 021x22x332 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 15 50kg 100
11 43462L1x33 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Yendall 12 50kg 93
12 416400×011 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller 7 50kg 85
13 7433923×39 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 14 50kg 88
14 111×512703 JUST SHINE (NZ) Clare Cunningham 13 50kg 87
15 3x7x521134 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 6 50kg 86
16 19x31x0x11 HIGH BRIDGE (GB) Chris Waller 3 50kg 72
17 424x02x675 OPPOSITION (GB) Chris Waller 19 50kg 74
18 134x74x978 JAKE’S HILL (GB) Chris Waller 11 50kg 74
19e 32230×0259 ROMANESQUE (IRE) Jarrod McLean Fred W Kersley (a) 18 50kg 73

2018 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2018 Metropolitan nominations were released by Racing NSW on September 3rd and featured 81 hopeful stayers.

NO Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 6x0022x4x2 ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
2 1x55462x02 ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
3 672970×005 ADMIRAL JELLO G 6 Kris Lees
4 x843320x68 AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
5 1x1120x518 ALL TOO SOON M 4 David Payne
6 24x32267x3 ALWARD (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
7 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman
8 27x56164x5 AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman
9 11x3326x11 AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
10 24112×0873 AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir
11 5021443×00 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
12 1021x22x33 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
13 1x11820x50 CABEZA DE VACA G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
14 34157×2441 CARZOFF (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
15 11x7389x00 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 6 Gary Moore
16 5651111×09 CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
17 60×7298842 DARK EYES G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 63×0513206 DESTINY’S KISS G 10 Joseph Pride
19 x332120x96 DOMED M 5 John P Thompson
20 0x400521x5 EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller
21 274340×000 EMBLEY G 7 Bjorn Baker
22 14111251×7 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani
23 27019×2761 EXCELSIOR H 4 Gwenda Markwell
24 532x108x04 GOATHLAND (IRE) G 7 Kim Waugh
25 3x1111x58 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price
26 4131x590x9 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
27 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman
28 67x28167x0 HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 03×9724115 HARPER’S CHOICE G 5 Gerald Ryan
30 x140x621x4 HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley
31 119x31x0x1 HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
32 2343x312x6 HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price
33 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
34 5333x1x618 JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
35 2134x74x97 JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
36 4111×51270 JUST SHINE (NZ) G 6 Clare Cunningham
37 6369×00640 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir
38 164x362x53 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley
39 1424318×13 LETTER TO JULIETTE M 5 Garry White
40 528x420x83 LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
41 6321×99574 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir
42 36164x0x02 MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley
43 2741x780x0 MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price
44 1224×64317 MIRIMAR (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney
45 x419337x35 MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price
46 4x57x15x82 MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir
47 63x27314x0 MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
48 x8914228x6 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
49 7433923×39 NETTOYER M 5 Wendy Roche
50 5525x546x5 NEW TIPPERARY G 6 Joseph Pride
51 1131119×4 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
52 2x203x60x8 ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller
53 17424x02x6 OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
54 x222415x55 OREGON’S DAY M 5 Mick Price
55 x3110328x2 OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
56 14×0075673 OUTRAGED G 7 Kelly Schweida
57 13114656×6 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
58 0151330×00 PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
59 x93x5880x0 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
60 511×824116 PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 13173x5x60 POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
62 9063431×00 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 10 John O’Shea
63 514×521485 RAQEEQ (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
64 2x11x5x0x0 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
65 4332230×02 ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean
66 1x0658x077 SALSONIC G 5 Jason Coyle
67 2x38x947x0 SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
68 122x9131x4 SEDANZER M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
69 93x7x52113 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
70 x43462L1x3 SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
71 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller
72 3314513×01 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
73 0000×00763 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir
74 1416400×01 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
75 11116×6321 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean
76 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
77 8x3203860x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
78 x110x81112 VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
79 98121x05x4 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney
80 0x437829x7 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
81 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

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 Metropolitan Handicap was not held and that was in 2007 due to the Equine Flu virus.

Recent Metropolitan Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Metropolitan Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Foundry 2 minutes 27.73 seconds
2nd Big Duke
3rd Chocante
2016
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Sir John Hawkwood 2 minutes 27.42 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Allergic
2015
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Magic Hurricane 2 minutes 28.52 seconds
2nd Beaten Up
3rd Havana Cooler
2014
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Junoob 2 minutes 26.51 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Araldo
2013
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Seville 2 minutes 32.07 seconds
2nd Julienas
3rd Sneak A Peek
2012
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Glencadem Gold 2 minutes 29.71 seconds
2nd Kelinni
3rd Reuben Percival
2011
Metropolitan Handicap
1st The Verminator 2 minutes 33.46 seconds
2nd Hawk Island
3rd Lamasery
2010
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Herculian Prince 2 minutes 29.95 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd No Wine No Song
2009
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Speed Gifted 2 minutes 35.1 seconds
2nd Lodge The Deeds
3rd Fiumicino
2008
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Newport 2 minutes 33 seconds
2nd Bianca
3rd Get Up Jude
2007
Metropolitan Handicap
Race Not Held
2006
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Tawqeet 2 minutes 31.1 seconds
2nd Activation
3rd Vanquished
2005
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Railings 2 minutes 28.5 seconds
2nd Run Rita Run
3rd Men At Work
2004
Metropolitan Handicap
1st County Tyrone 2 minutes 33.6 seconds
2nd Itemise
3rd Don Raphael
2003
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Bedouin 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Daneborogh
3rd Bodie
2002
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Victory Smile 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Piachay
3rd Dress Circle
2001
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Danyon
3rd Homewrecker
2000
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Coco Cobanna 2 minutes 44.3 seconds
2nd Pasta Express
3rd Citra’s Prince

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