2021 The Metropolitan Results: Winner Montefilia Into Caulfield Cup

October 2, 2021

2021 The Metropolitan Results: Winner Montefilia Into Caulfield Cup

Montefilia has earned a shot at the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) in a fortnight after running out a strong mile and a half in Sydney to salute in the 2021 The Metropolitan results at Royal Randwick.

Montefilia (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Montefilia is headed to the Caulfield Cup after her good win in the 2021 The Metropolitan in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

In an historic edition of the Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) jockey Hugh Bowman celebrated his 100th Group 1 winning ride thanks to a brave staying performance by David Payne’s four-year-old Kermadec mare Montefilia.

Winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) – Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) double as a three-year-old filly this time last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, she posted a hat-trick of Group 1s third-up and fit in The Metropolitan.

Third first-up to Think It Over in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before a second to She’s Ideel in the Group 1 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m), Montefilia answered the critics in The Metropolitan who said she couldn’t run the distance.

From a wide draw (13 of 17), Bowman had the mare settled out wide in the second half of the field as Spirit Ridge eventually rolled forward to take up the lead.

Entente meanwhile started to improve his position mid race with Tim Clark moving up on the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite who was having his third start in as many weeks after winning his way in via last Saturday’s Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality.

There was a change of positions with 600m left to travel, Dashing Willoughby going up to lead before quickly dropping out.

There were plenty of challenges on the straight with the likes of Hush Writer and Spirit Ridge looking a chance before Montefilia pushed through to put her head in front at the 150m.

Entente came with her and the duo hit the line together forcing a thrilling photo finish that went the way of Montefilia the outside by the bob of the head.

In third rounding out The Metropolitan trifecta was Harpo Marx for Bjorn Baker at 25/1.

Payne was quick to name the Caulfield Cup on October 16 as the next-up assignment for Montefilia after she proved herself over the distance.

“She did it a bit tough three wide most of the way,” he told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“Lovely filly. Very special.

“She’ll go to the Caulfield Cup, why not? She gets the trip I think and she’ll have less weight.”

Tawqeet (2006) is the latest of three horses who have completed The Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup double.

All-in Caulfield Cup 2021 betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on Montefilia to be the next are into $15 and are available in full here.

2021 The Metropolitan Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 13 55.5kg $6
2 14 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.09L 3 52.5kg $5F
3 13 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 1.17L 4 54kg $26
4 20e ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 1.48L 2 50kg $9.50
5 15 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 1.73L 10 52kg 2.0kg $20
6 17 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 2.33L 9 50kg $9.50
7 18 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 2.72L 8 50kg $21
8 19e LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 3.04L 1 50kg $11
9 12 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 3.12L 12 55kg $7.50
10 16 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 5.57L 6 51kg $41
11 7 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Regan Bayliss 6.38L 11 56kg $41
12 1 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 7.62L 7 58kg $51
13 10 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Glen Boss 8.9L 17 55.5kg $31
14 3 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 10.4L 14 57kg $31
15 5 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 12.83L 15 56kg $31
16 4 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 16.43L 5 57kg $51
17 9 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith James McDonald 17.91L 16 55.5kg $20
21e LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Jean Van Overmeire 0
2 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 0
6 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Sam Clipperton 0
11 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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