Mugatoo Dominates 2020 The Metropolitan Field & Odds

October 1, 2020

Mugatoo Dominates 2020 The Metropolitan Field & Odds

Kris Lees’ last start Newcastle Cup winner Mugatoo is clear favourite in The Metropolitan 2020 betting at Royal Randwick this weekend to extend his winning streak to four on the trot.

Mugatoo Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Kris Lees’ Newcastle Cup winner Mugatoo is clear favourite for the 2020 The Metropolitan at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of three elite level Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features taking place on Saturday’s Epsom Handicap Day card, the Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) is set to run with a capacity field of 18.

The starting line-up already includes the first two emergencies with Norway (20) and Attention Run (1) drawn at opposite ends of the field for Chris Waller and Lees respectively.

They take the places of Lord Belvedere and Shared Ambition who have been withdrawn in favour of a Melbourne run in Flemington’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2510m) instead.

Updated The Metropolitan odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au are firming on the hot favourite Mugatoo who is now into $2.70 for the win.

Drawn well in gate seven for Kerrin McEvoy, the in-form Henrythenavigator six-year-old comes off three consecutive wins this prep.

Lightly-raced for his age having won eight of his 14 starts, two back he saluted in Rosehill’s Group 3 Premiers’ Cup (1900m) before a last start win at home in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m).

Mugatoo carried 59kg to victory that day with McEvoy in the saddle and comes back to 57kg for his rise in grade on the weekend.

Lees also saddles-up the topweight Mustajeer (58kg) with Hugh Bowman to partner the autumn’s Tancred Stakes runner-up, Raheen House ($51) and the aforementioned Attention Run ($26) drawn the rails.

Grey Hurricane Run mare Attention Run comes off a third to her stablemate in the Newcastle Cup from September 18 and drops from 54kg to just 50kg in the rematch.

Newcastle horseman Lees is after his first success in the event since County Tyrone back in 2004, while Mugatoo’s jockey McEvoy is yet to ride a The Metropolitan winner.

Waller has dominated the recent The Metropolitan results with four wins in the past decade including the past two straight with Patrick Erin (2018) and Come Play With Me (2019).

The 10-time Sydney Premiership winning trainer is in with four remaining hopefuls, including the aforementioned triple-figure roughie Norway ($101), with his contingent led in betting by Brimham Rocks ($8).

To be ridden by last year’s winning hoop Brenton Avdulla, Brimham Rocks looks well-weighted on 53.5kg with the Fastnet Rock seven-year-old coming off a third in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) from September 19.

While he drops in weight and should appreciate the extra distance, the galloper is yet to win from a dozen previous runs at the Randwick track.

Despite the size of the field, the only other runners at single-figure The Metropolitan odds this season are the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Newcastle Cup runner-up Hush Writer ($7.50) and Zebrowski ($9.50) for Hawkes Racing.

Hush Writer, winner of the Newcastle Gold Cup in 2019, was close in his ultimately unsuccessful title defence behind Mugatoo last start and is out to turn the tables presenting fit third-up on Saturday.

Zebrowski meanwhile will be charging along carrying only 50kg as the Savabeel four-year-old looks to improve on his close fourth in the Kingston Town Stakes last start.

Click here for the latest The Metropolitan 2020 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 The Metropolitan Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 60x1225x00 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 5 58kg 109
2 x11126x111 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg 1.0kg 110
3 0x03643x74 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 3 55.5kg 107
4 730x117x67 WU GOK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 13 55kg 106
5 60x6613x50 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12 54.5kg 105
6 746416341x ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 6 53.5kg 107
7 1x3103x092 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 19 53.5kg 54kg 104
8 02x7691x83 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 16 53.5kg 103
9 16x7000x32 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 53kg 102
10 141x7811x1 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 52.5kg 101
11 2x0352x678 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 9 52.5kg 99
12 28x376x695 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 15 51.5kg 103
13 895756×259 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 51.5kg 52.5kg 98
14 5313770×70 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day (a) 21 51.5kg 97
15 1123×00114 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Kathy O’Hara (late alt) 17 50.5kg 97
16 7×08787256 GIRL TUESDAY Clarry Conners Glen Boss 22 50kg 52kg 98
17 0504150×00 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 18 50kg 98
18 6x1122x804 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 4 50kg 97
19e 31x7836x05 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 20 50.5kg 96
20e x507x19253 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 1 50kg 96
21e 533499×000 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 8 51kg 96
22e 0880×08303 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 14 50kg 96

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