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.

2017 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #10 Foundry
  • 2nd: #5 Big Duke
  • 3rd: #7 Chocante

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.

2017 Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday 30th September, 2017
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 2017 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday 30th September, 2017 at Royal Randwick.

2017 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #10 Foundry
  • 2nd: #5 Big Duke
  • 3rd: #7 Chocante

See below for the official The Metropolitan 2017 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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 10 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 8 50.5kg $10
2 5 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 0.5L 6 55kg $5
3 7 CHOCANTE (NZ) Stephen Marsh Corey Brown 1.8L 1 54.5kg $21
4 2 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2.6L 2 57kg $16
5 8 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3L 9 52kg $6.50
6 1 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.6L 3 57kg $8.50
7 6 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 3.7L 4 54.5kg $6.50
8 12 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) Brian Smith Andrew Spinks 4.1L 5 50kg $91
9 9 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5L 10 51kg $4.20F
10 3 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jason Collett 5.7L 7 55.5kg $41
4 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 0
11 LORESHO (FR) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 0

2017 The Metropolitan Tips

  • 1st: #5 Big Duke
  • 2nd: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: #8 Broadside

Check out our complete The Metropolitan 2017 Tips & Betting Selections.

2017 The Metropolitan Betting

Read our full 2017 The Metropolitan Handicap Form Guide & Betting Tips now

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2017 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

2017 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 2017 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced on September 27, 2017 and published in full below once released.

The Metropolitan 2017 Field is now out with just 12 stayers in the mix including four for Chris Waller whose contingent is dominating The Metropolitan betting. Rival Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse meanwhile chases her ninth win in the mile and a half classic saddling-up recent Newcastle Gold Cup winner Broadside.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x8746Px61 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 57kg 108
2 55x3642x94 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 57kg 108
3 31×9763415 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jason Collett 7 55.5kg 105
4 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott TBA 12 55kg 104
5 121113×550 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 6 55kg 104
6 2x1240x542 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4 54.5kg 103
7 1x37301x37 CHOCANTE (NZ) Stephen Marsh Corey Brown 1 54.5kg 103
8 x65123x813 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 52kg 98
9 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 51kg 96
10 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott TBA 8 50.5kg 95
11 213×009435 LORESHO (FR) Darren Weir TBA 10 50kg 92
12 0250942213 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) Brian Smith Andrew Spinks 5 50kg 88

2017 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2017 Metropolitan nominations were released by Racing NSW on September 4th and featured 73 hopeful stayers, followed by The Metropolitan Handicap weights out on September 18 with Tavago the 58kg top weight.

Check out the full 2017 The Metropolitan Nominations now.

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
Metropolitan Handicap
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Foundry 2 minutes 27.73 seconds
2nd Big Duke
3rd Chocante
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

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