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.

2024 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD




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.

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 2024 Metropolitan Handicap runs on Saturday, October 5, 2024 at Royal Randwick. 

Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Three-year-old & Up – Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $750,000
Inaugurated: 1863

2024 The Metropolitan Results

The official The Metropolitan Handicap 2024 results and finishing order will be updated in full below once the race takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2024 .

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2024 The Metropolitan Betting Odds

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2024 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 ALL-IN 2024 THE METROPOLITAN ODDS (Pre-Nominations)

2024 The Metropolitan Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 THE METROPOLITAN FORM GUIDE

2024 The Metropolitan Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Metropolitan 2024 betting tips for the spring stayers to back and sack at Royal Randwick this Epsom Day.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 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 2024 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced the Tuesday of race week and published in full below once released.

2024 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2024 The Metropolitan nominations are released by Racing NSW in early September attracting close to 100 entries each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The Metropolitan 2024 nominations close on Monday the 9th of September, 2024.

The Metropolitan Handicap 2024 weights are set for release on Monday the 16th of September, 2024.

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

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Metropolitan Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2023
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Just Fine 2 minutes 26.11 seconds (R)
2nd Spirit Ridge
3rd Kalapour
2022
Metropolitan Handicap
1st No Compromise 2 minutes 38.13 seconds
2nd Le Don De Vie
3rd Realm Of Flowers
2021
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Montefilia 2 minutes 27.79 seconds
2nd Entente
3rd Harpo Marx
2020
Metropolitan Handicap
1st Mirage Dancer 2 minutes 27.52 seconds
2nd Mugatoo
3rd Angel Of Truth
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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