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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.
2023 The Metropolitan Results
- 1st: #14 Just Fine
- 2nd: #8 Spirit Ridge
- 3rd: #10 Kalapour
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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.
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.
Just Fine (2023) was the last horse to complete the Kingston Town Stakes – The Metropolitan double.
In recent years the Colin Stephen, run at the same course, distance and conditions, has been the most important guide to The Metropolitan and offers the winner a ballot exemption into the Group 1. 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 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) also offers the winner a The Metropolitan ballot exemption.
In 2023 Spirit Ridge ran second in the Newcastle Gold Cup and was huge nearly holding off the odds-on favourite Just Fine when runner-up in The Metropolitan next start at 40/1.
The best out of The Metropolitan race may have their sights set on Melbourne’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) later in the month. Four horses have completed The Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup interstate double in the same season, most recently Tawqeet (2006).
The Metropolitan is also one of four lead-up races that offers a $500,000 bonus to any horse that can win it plus Rosehill’s Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) on Golden Eagle Day.
The Metropolitan winner also earns a ballot exemption into the following year’s Group 1 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick during April’s ‘The Championships.
The 2021 The Metropolitan form was franked with the winner Montefilia running fourth next-up in that year’s Caulfield Cup results before returning the next autumn to win the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in 2022.
The 2023 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday September 30, 2023 at Royal Randwick and saw the heavily-backed Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained import Just Fine ($1.75F) fight hard to remain unbeaten down under in a thrilling battle to the line with 40/1 outsider Spirit Ridge.
|Date:||Saturday September 30, 2023|
|Conditions:||Three-year-old & Up – Open Handicap|
2023 The Metropolitan Results
The official The Metropolitan Handicap 2023 results and finishing order will be updated in full below once the race takes place on Saturday September 30, 2023.
- 1st: #14 Just Fine ($1.75F)
- 2nd: #8 Spirit Ridge
- 3rd: #10 Kalapour
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained import Just Fine ($1.75F) was given a 10/10 ride by Rachel King to fight off Spirit Ridge ($41) and get home for the punters as the heavily-backed favourite to remain unbeaten in Australia and earn a likely Melbourne Cup bid on the first Tuesday of November.
2023 The Metropolitan Results & Finishing Order
|1||14||JUST FINE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||2||50kg||$1.75F|
|2||8||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Regan Bayliss||0.16L||13||52.5kg||$41|
|3||10||KALAPOUR (IRE)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||4.46L||3||52.5kg||$18|
|4||13||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Zac Lloyd (a)||5.53L||15||51.5kg||1.5kg||$21|
|5||12||BENAUD||John O’Shea||Ms Jamie Kah||5.77L||1||51.5kg||$12|
|6||3||CLEVELAND (IRE)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||6.14L||12||54.5kg||$16|
|7||5||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Dylan Gibbons (a)||6.44L||9||53.5kg||$31|
|8||9||HO HO KHAN (NZ)||Mitchell Freedman||Ms Tahlia Hope||7.25L||11||52.5kg||$71|
|9||18||WINEGLASS BAY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||9.06L||4||50kg||$51|
|10||15||AL AABIR (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jay Ford||9.71L||7||50kg (cd 50.5kg)||$18|
|11||11||TORRENS||Marc Chevalier||Ms Jenny Duggan||9.98L||10||52kg||$71|
|12||7||MANZOICE||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||12.49L||6||53kg||$31|
|13||2||NAVAJO PEAK||David Payne||Chad Schofield||15.45L||14||55.5kg||$71|
|14||4||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||17.06L||5||54.5kg||$16|
|15||17||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tyler Schiller||23.55L||8||50kg||$12|
|1||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||0|
|6||HOSIER (IRE)||Mark Minervini||Jason Collett||0|
|16||FUTURE HISTORY (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dean Yendall||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 The Metropolitan Betting Odds
Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2023 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.
Just Fine ($1.75 in 2023) was the last The Metropolitan favourite to win.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 THE METROPOLITAN ODDS (Final Field)
2023 The Metropolitan Form
2023 The Metropolitan Tips
Stay tuned for our insider The Metropolitan 2023 betting tips for the spring stayers to back and sack at Royal Randwick this Epsom Day.
- To Win: #8 Spirit Ridge ($34 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Taking on the short-priced favourite Just Fine who doesn’t look a sure thing at this distance at that price. Going for a blow-out, which has happened a number of times in this race, and have the Annabel Neasham-trained Spirit Ridge on top at 30/1 looking well overs in what should be a far more competitive and open event than the bookies have slated. This evergreen nine-year-old is a veteran having his 41st career start, but is going as good as ever. Lovely 2400m record (16:3-4-3) and previous winner at the Randwick track. He hasn’t won since January, but he has been competitive in plenty since including third placings in both the Group 3 Hobart and Launceston Cups. Solid autumn/winter prep and has been very good in his two lead-ups this time in. Wyong Gold Cup third fresh under a length off Benaud who franked the form running second to Saturday’s top elect last time out in the Group 3 Kingston Town. Spirit Ridge meanwhile went to the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup over 2300m and carried 56kg to second in an event that saw a new race record set. Carries 52.5kg and can produce a shock result.
2023 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.
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 2023 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced the Tuesday of race week and published in full below once released.
The Metropolitan 2023 field features a bumper line-up of potential Caulfield Cup hopefuls led in betting by the in-form Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained lightly weighted import Just Fine chasing a fourth consecutive victory.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||39x8663x00||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||6||57.5kg||109|
|2||421222×018||NAVAJO PEAK||David Payne||Chad Schofield||15||55.5kg||105|
|3||1226x50x49||CLEVELAND (IRE)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||13||54.5kg||103|
|4||x11421x026||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||5||54.5kg||103|
|5||3×53152326||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Dylan Gibbons (a)||10||53.5kg||101|
|6||0x6x824193||HOSIER (IRE)||Mark Minervini||Jason Collett||17||53kg||101|
|7||281x860x80||MANZOICE||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||7||53kg||100|
|8||233×652332||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Regan Bayliss||14||52.5kg||101|
|9||381124×009||HO HO KHAN (NZ)||Mitchell Freedman||Ms Tahlia Hope||12||52.5kg||100|
|10||921213x3L7||KALAPOUR (IRE)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||3||52.5kg||99|
|11||601x060x00||TORRENS||Marc Chevalier||Ms Jenny Duggan||11||52kg||97|
|12||9946581012||BENAUD||John O’Shea||Ms Jamie Kah||1||51.5kg||102|
|13||95319×9201||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Zac Lloyd (a)||18||51.5kg||1.5kg||100|
|14||x386061x11||JUST FINE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||2||50kg||105|
|15||22317×4672||AL AABIR (IRE)||Chris Waller||8||50kg||95|
|16||61154×7212||FUTURE HISTORY (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||16||50kg||94|
|17||2312x18x74||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||Chris Waller||9||50kg||84|
|18||4216×42215||WINEGLASS BAY (IRE)||Chris Waller||4||50kg||82|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights
The 2023 The Metropolitan nominations are released by Racing NSW in early September attracting close to 100 entries each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
The Metropolitan 2023 nominations close on Monday the 4th of September, 2023.
The Metropolitan Handicap 2023 weights are set for release on Monday September 11, 2023.
The 2023 The Metropolitan nominations attracted 74 spring stayers led in all-in betting by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained ATC Derby champion from the autumn Major Beel, Chris Waller’s reigning VRC Derby hero Manzoice, and the David Payne-trained recent Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes winner Navajo Peak.
The Metropolitan 2023 weights were announced on Monday the 11th of September, 2023 with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip allocated the 60kg top-weight, while the current all-in favourite Without A Fight has been allocated 58kg.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||291x2570x4||GOLD TRIP (FR)||H||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||1||60kg||60kg||115|
|2||311x20x11x||WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE)||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman||2=||58kg||58kg||111|
|4||439x8663x0||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||G||9||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||4||57.5kg||57.5kg||110|
|5||1177x884x6||SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||5=||56kg||56kg||107|
|6||0x121735x4||ZEYREK (FR)||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||5=||56kg||56kg||107|
|7||x421222x01||NAVAJO PEAK||G||5||David Payne||7=||55.5kg||55.5kg||106|
|8||51111121×2||RIGHT YOU ARE||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||7=||55.5kg||55.5kg||106|
|9||1102x100x2||PROTAGONIST (FR)||G||7||Kris Lees||9||55kg||55kg||105|
|10||51226x50x4||CLEVELAND (IRE)||H||6||Kris Lees||10=||54.5kg||54.5kg||104|
|11||52x131x8x0||DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||10=||54.5kg||54.5kg||104|
|12||1324x47x51||FLOATING ARTIST (GB)||G||8||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||10=||54.5kg||54.5kg||104|
|13||x3223180x5||HOO YA MAL (GB)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||10=||54.5kg||54.5kg||104|
|14||6x11421x02||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||10=||54.5kg||54.5kg||104|
|16||7x31x111x9||GOLDMAN (NZ)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||15=||54kg||54kg||103|
|17||23x05420x8||HEZASHOCKA (NZ)||G||6||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||15=||54kg||54kg||103|
|18||311x1430x0||KING FRANKEL (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||15=||54kg||54kg||103|
|19||x3x5315232||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||G||7||Annabel Neasham||19=||53.5kg||53.5kg||102|
|20||1214x380x0||GEAR UP (IRE)||H||6||Annabel Neasham||19=||53.5kg||53.5kg||102|
|21||480x1390x7||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||19=||53.5kg||53.5kg||102|
|22||x80x90Px00||CAMORRA (IRE)||G||7||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|23||x0706x0x00||DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ)||G||6||Phillip Stokes||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|24||10x6x82419||HOSIER (IRE)||G||7||Mark Minervini||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|26||13x9x0050x||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||G||9||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|27||9020x129x2||SERPENTINE (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|28||6472x295x0||SHERAZ (FR)||G||7||Chris Waller||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|29||0151x86x80||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||G||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||22=||53kg||53kg||101|
|31||613x5840x7||HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ)||M||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||22=||51kg||51kg||101|
|32||6×26722466||DESERT ICON (FR)||G||8||Chris Waller||32=||52.5kg||52.5kg||100|
|33||381124×009||HO HO KHAN (NZ)||H||9||Mitchell Freedman||32=||52.5kg||52.5kg||100|
|34||x921213x3L||KALAPOUR (IRE)||G||7||Kris Lees||32=||52.5kg||52.5kg||100|
|35||1233×65233||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||9||Annabel Neasham||32=||52.5kg||52.5kg||100|
|38||302x858x58||FANCY MAN (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||37=||51.5kg||51.5kg||98|
|39||19x64x069x||THIRD REALM (GB)||G||6||Anthony & Sam Freedman||37=||51.5kg||51.5kg||98|
|40||15x4430x76||FORGOT YOU (NZ)||H||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||40=||50.5kg||50.5kg||96|
|41||4x6536Px32||INTERPRETATION (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||40=||50.5kg||50.5kg||96|
|42||795319×920||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||42=||50kg||50kg||95|
|43||52302813×8||TRUE MARVEL (FR)||G||8||Matthew Smith||42=||50kg||50kg||95|
|44||61154×7212||FUTURE HISTORY (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||44=||50kg||50kg||94|
|45||111x90x4x0||POINT NEPEAN (IRE)||H||6||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||44=||50kg||50kg||94|
|46||x8537Px991||ATHABASCAN (FR)||G||5||John O’Shea||46||50kg||50kg||93|
|47||1122317×46||AL AABIR (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||47=||50kg||50kg||92|
|48||5x78x000x0||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||G||9||Matthew Smith||47=||50kg||50kg||92|
|49||x48x7425x0||YOUTH SPIRIT (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||47=||50kg||50kg||92|
|50||3563×46775||BONNY EZRA (NZ)||G||8||Chris Waller||50=||50kg||50kg||91|
|51||2x386061x1||JUST FINE (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50=||50kg||50kg||91|
|53||11102330×8||SUIZURO||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||52=||50kg||50kg||90|
|54||60x0x09413||VERONA (NZ)||M||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||52=||50kg||50kg||90|
|55||21216×8683||BORN A KING (GB)||G||7||Chris Waller||55=||50kg||50kg||89|
|56||x13x212213||BRAYDEN STAR (GB)||H||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||55=||50kg||50kg||89|
|57||x92291124x||PROMISES KEPT||G||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||55=||50kg||50kg||89|
|58||x096898x04||PARRY SOUND||G||8||Sara Ryan||58||50kg||50kg||88|
|59||4x11x7161||SHAIYHAR (IRE)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||59||50kg||50kg||87|
|60||767720×004||RAGING BULL||G||5||David Payne||60||50kg||50kg||86|
|61||115×033236||MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||61=||50kg||50kg||85|
|62||41x0091x85||VARDANI (FR)||G||7||Archie Alexander||61=||50kg||50kg||85|
|63||1894340×70||FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ)||G||4||Andrew Forsman||63=||50kg||50kg||84|
|64||2x318x3x||LIONEL (GB)||G||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||63=||50kg||50kg||84|
|65||32312x18x7||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||63=||50kg||50kg||84|
|66||17x41x952||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||66||50kg||50kg||83|
|67||30942110×0||SPECIAL SWEY (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||67||50kg||50kg||81|
|68||34216×4221||WINEGLASS BAY (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||68||50kg||50kg||79|
|69||35x411x112||MARQUESS (NZ)||G||5||James Cummings||69||50kg||50kg||78|
|70||1002x7x824||LEGEND OF DUBAI (GB)||G||6||Anthony & Sam Freedman||70||50kg||50kg||75|
|71||5977×08414||DUKE OF HASTINGS (NZ)||G||5||Simon Zahra||71||50kg||50kg||73|
|72||200x70x543||FOUJITA SAN||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||72||50kg||50kg||72|
|73||4376×62411||FAY’S ANGELS||M||4||Karen Owen||73||50kg||50kg||65|
|74||90×656||VIKING BLOOD||G||4||Edward Cummings||74||50kg||50kg||42|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
In 2021 jockey Hugh Bowman made history winning his 100th career Group 1 aboard Montefilia in The Metropolitan.
In 2023 the odds-on favourite Just Fine set a new The Metropolitan track record saluting for the punters in 2 minutes 26.11 seconds.
Recent Metropolitan Handicap Winners
|1st||Just Fine||2 minutes 26.11 seconds (R)|
|1st||No Compromise||2 minutes 38.13 seconds|
|2nd||Le Don De Vie|
|3rd||Realm Of Flowers|
|1st||Montefilia||2 minutes 27.79 seconds|
|1st||Mirage Dancer||2 minutes 27.52 seconds|
|3rd||Angel Of Truth|
|1st||Come Play With Me||2 minutes 30.61 seconds|
|3rd||Sir Charles Road|
|1st||Patrick Erin||2 minutes 29.61 seconds|
|1st||Foundry||2 minutes 27.73 seconds|
|1st||Sir John Hawkwood||2 minutes 27.42 seconds|
|1st||Magic Hurricane||2 minutes 28.52 seconds|
|1st||Junoob||2 minutes 26.51 seconds|
|1st||Seville||2 minutes 32.07 seconds|
|3rd||Sneak A Peek|
|1st||Glencadem Gold||2 minutes 29.71 seconds|
|1st||The Verminator||2 minutes 33.46 seconds|
|1st||Herculian Prince||2 minutes 29.95 seconds|
|3rd||No Wine No Song|
|1st||Speed Gifted||2 minutes 35.1 seconds|
|2nd||Lodge The Deeds|
|1st||Newport||2 minutes 33 seconds|
|3rd||Get Up Jude|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Tawqeet||2 minutes 31.1 seconds|
|1st||Railings||2 minutes 28.5 seconds|
|2nd||Run Rita Run|
|3rd||Men At Work|
|1st||County Tyrone||2 minutes 33.6 seconds|
|1st||Bedouin||2 minutes 34.4 seconds|
|1st||Victory Smile||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|1st||Dress Circle||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|1st||Coco Cobanna||2 minutes 44.3 seconds|