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.

2019 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #8 Come Play With Me
  • 2nd: #2 Gallic Chieftain
  • 3rd: #11 Sir Charles Road



ong>The Metropolitan Handicap 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 a major race day at the carnival on either the last Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October – the day before the NRL Grand Final – 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 October 5, 2019
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 2019 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 at Royal Randwick and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Come Play With Me. 

2019 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #8 Come Play With Me
  • 2nd: #2 Gallic Chieftain
  • 3rd: #11 Sir Charles Road

The official The Metropolitan 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be updated below when the staying classic takes place on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 5, 2019 .

The 2019 The Metropolitan Results saw trainer Chris Waller cap off an incredible day winning all four Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne. Come Play With Me improved on an unplaced lead-up run to take out The Metropolitan narrowly ahead of the imported Gallic Chieftain.

Read more on The Metropolitan 2019 win by Come Play With Me.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg $8.50
2 2 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Tommy Berry 0.2L 13 55.5kg $18
3 11 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 0.6L 8 53kg $31
4 5 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.7L 7 54.5kg $5.50EF
5 7 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 1.1L 9 54kg $13
6 9 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1.3L 11 54kg $101
7 14 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 1.5L 10 50kg $17
8 13 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2L 6 52.5kg $10
9 12 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.8L 4 52.5kg $5.50EF
10 3 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ben Allen 8.8L 14 55kg $26
11 6 WU GOK Chris Waller James McDonald 9.8L 12 54.5kg $21
12 15 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 10L 2 50kg $10
13 4 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Nash Rawiller 30L 1 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $11
14 1 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 30.5L 5 56.5kg $18
17 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Michael Dee 0
16 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 0
10 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 0

2019 The Metropolitan Betting

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2019 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.

2019 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 Group 1 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 2019 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced the Tuesday of race week and published in full below once released.

The Metropolitan 2019 Field features 17 hopefuls with the Chris Waller-trained Naturalism Stakes winner Brimham Rocks the early favourite in betting.

Read more on the Brimham Rocks-led The Metropolitan 2019 Field & Odds.

Update: There are 14 remaining horses in the 2019 The Metropolitan field with #16 Supernova (13), #17 The Good Fight (6) and #10 Haripour (16) scratched in favour of a shot at the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption in Flemington’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x92321x00 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 56.5kg 107
2 40x5516x04 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Tommy Berry 15 55.5kg 105
3 01x6112x94 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ben Allen 17 55kg 105
4 112x30x807 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Nash Rawiller 1 55kg (likely: 56kg) 105
5 5x1x002021 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 54.5kg 108
6 231×211611 WU GOK Chris Waller James McDonald 14 54.5kg 104
7 22008326×7 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 10 54kg 103
8 7232111126 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg 103
9 x46797x900 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 54kg 103
10 x818328x49 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 16 53.5kg 101
11 444740×705 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 9 53kg 101
12 x87400x091 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 52.5kg (inc. 2.0kg penalty) 101
13 9239×16621 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7 52.5kg (inc. 2.0kg penalty) 101
14 53145×1432 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 11 50kg 95
15 1x23727x27 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 2 50kg 91
16 112x216x20 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 13 50kg 90
17 921249×126 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Michael Dee 6 50kg 79

2019 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations

The 2019 The Metropolitan nominations are released by Racing NSW in early September attracting close to 100 entries each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The official The Metropolitan 2019 nominations are now out with 94 entries including 14 for premier Sydney horseman Chris Waller whose contingent is led by class mare Girl Tuesday.

Read more on the 2019 The Metropolitan nominations now.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 20x4614x93 ALFARRIS (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
2 11x16511x6 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 106
3 153145×143 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees 83
4 2x8830611x AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 1058x255x2 BASS (JPN) G 6 Liam Howley
6 1x41x33240 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan
7 1116x821x7 BIG BLUE (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
9 2x87400x09 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 96
10 5147225×50 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 73
11 24411×0413 CARZOFF (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 105
12 4723211112 COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 103
13 34449x16x4 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
14 24235×6545 CREEDENCE G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 234917×866 CURATA PRINCESS M 6 Robert & Luke Price 67
16 210×8131 DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 77
17 0x2468223x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustac
18 x217549x84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
19 7x8565826x DOUKHAN (IRE) G 11 Kris Lees 84
20 5x53314x09 DURETTO (GB) G 8 Matt Cumani
21 3111890×83 ETYMOLOGY G 7 James Cummings
22 86x2x0x692 EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
23 110x51437x FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 72
24 655x1x34x5 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
25 840x5516x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
26 13112×9092 GAYATRI M 5 Chris Waller 78
27 8888123×13 GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller 104
28 11102113×5 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow
29 201x6112x9 GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 105
30 18825616×0 GUNDOWN G 5 Michael Moroney
31 13x12619x0 HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
32 9x818328x4 HARIPOUR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 102
33 69x4719x00 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 621x4520x4 HARRISON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
35 16184×0 HEART OF GRACE (JPN) M 5 Frank Pangallo 72
36 x9239x1662 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
37 4×25213116 JINDA (NZ) M 5 Pat & Chris Hyland
38 12x141x33 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Liam Howley
39 0x364408x9 LORD FANDANGO (GER) G 7 Archie Alexander
40 x192x322x2 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
41 30x02062x0 MAURUS (GB) G 9 John Thompson 97
42 2561×05170 MAWAANY MACHINE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 92
43 76×8744324 MONGOLIAN WOLF G 6 Kris Lees 85
44 56903638×0 MORTON’S FORK G 6 Richard Litt 92
45 1x2x041050 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
46 1564264×81 MRS MADRID M 4 Anthony Cummings 71
47 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 x8112x5987 NAHUEL (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 73
49 10x58158x8 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 96
50 2112x30x80 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
51 115x80x363 OCEAN WALZER (GER) G 6 Paul Preusker
52 321119×3 OCEANEX (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
53 464×351211 OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees 83
54 x013x121x0 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh 106
55 1x46797x90 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 103
56 25x14941x2 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
57 03×5025111 QUAFFANY G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 72
58 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 107
59 77462090×9 RODRICO G 7 Bjorn Baker 89
60 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 92
62 11x23727x2 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 91
63 x611130x00 SEMARI (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
64 x1x92321x0 SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 108
65 5x42170x46 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
66 x02652244x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
67 x444740x70 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 101
68 310x3321x0 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 108
69 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 105
-70 622x013x33 SPANISH POINT (GB) G 5 Liam Howley
71 3219155x9x SPANISH STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
72 655x1x0020 STAMPEDE H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
73 22x11111x4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman
74 80x56252x9 SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
75 38414x0x31 SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
76 x112x216x2 SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
77 11514132×4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker
78 43013215×6 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 102
79 153x TAVIDANCE (NZ) H 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
80 11×948 TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
81 x506212501 TERWILLIKER G 5 Anthony Cummings 66
82 1921249×12 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 5 Shaune Ritchie 79
83 53531320×5 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
84 4x772231x6 VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
85 1303293423 VAUCLUSE BAY G 6 Chris Waller 91
86 x50500x806 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
87 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
88 11x211x18 WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 91
89 231×211611 WU GOK G 6 Chris Waller 104
90 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
91 276x059x87 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 107
92 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
93 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 104
94 x6200013x9 ZACADA (NZ) G 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

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
2019
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Come Play With Me 2 minutes 30.61 seconds
2nd Gallic Chieftain
3rd Sir Charles Road
2018
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Patrick Erin 2 minutes 29.61 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd Sikandarabad
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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