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.

2020 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #3 Mirage Dancer
  • 2nd: #2 Mugatoo
  • 3rd: #13 Angel Of Truth



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 2020 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 at Royal Randwick and was narrowly won by Mirage Dancer back in form.

Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
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).

2020 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #3 Mirage Dancer
  • 2nd: #2 Mugatoo
  • 3rd: #13 Angel Of Truth

Caulfield Cup-bound Mirage Dancer ($10) posted a gutsy upset in the 2020 The Metropolitan results defeating the favourite Mugatoo ($3) by a short-head.

Click here to read more on The Metropolitan 2020 winner Mirage Dancer.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 3 55.5kg $10
2 2 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 7 57kg 1.0kg $3F
3 13 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0.4L 10 51.5kg (cd 52.5kg) $19
4 9 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.9L 2 53kg $5.50
5 15 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Kathy O’Hara 4L 14 50.5kg $18
6 18 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 4L 4 50kg $7
7 16 GIRL TUESDAY Clarry Conners Glen Boss 4.2L 18 50kg (cd 52kg) $31
8 8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.3L 13 53.5kg $14
9 1 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4.4L 5 58kg $61
10 12 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 4.8L 12 51.5kg $21
11 11 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 6L 9 52.5kg $31
12 4 WU GOK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 7.1L 11 55kg $51
13 6 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 8.7L 6 53.5kg $51
14 14 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day (a) 9L 17 51.5kg $301
15 21e SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Brock Ryan (a) 10.3L 8 51kg $101
16 19e NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 10.9L 16 50.5kg $101
17 17 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 11.1L 15 50kg $301
18 20e ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 13.6L 1 50kg $31
22e GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 0
7 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 0
5 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
10 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Kathy O’Hara 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Metropolitan Betting

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced the Tuesday of race week and published in full below once released.

The Metropolitan 2020 field features a capacity line-up of stayers including the first emergency Norway in on the light weight for Chris Waller following the early scratching of #10 Lord Belvedere.

Update: Lightweight second emergency #20e Attention Run has also gained a start in the event following the scratching of Shared Ambition who, like Lord Belvedere, heads to Melbourne on the same day for the Group 3 The Bart Cummings.

Latest Scratchings: #5 Raheen House and the fourth emergency #22e Grey Lion have also been withdrawn from The Metropolitan field.

Click here for more on the key fancies in The Metropolitan 2020 field and betting markets.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 EPSOM HANDICAP DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations

The 2020 The Metropolitan nominations are released by Racing NSW in early September attracting close to 100 entries each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

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
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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