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.

2021 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #8 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #14 Entente
  • 3rd: #13 Harpo Marx



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 2021 Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 at Royal Randwick and was won by David Payne’s class mare Montefilia. 

Metropolitan Handicap
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
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).

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 $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) on Golden Eagle Day.

2021 The Metropolitan Results

  • 1st: #8 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #14 Entente
  • 3rd: #13 Harpo Marx

The David Payne-trained mare Montefilia ($6) was excellent over the mile and a half winning the 2021 The Metropolitan results – the 100th Group 1 winning ride for jockey Hugh Bowman – ahead of the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.

Click here to read more on the gutsy photo-finish win by Montefilia in The Metropolitan 2021.

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. 

2021 The Metropolitan Betting

Updated The Metropolitan Handicap 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 The Metropolitan Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced the Tuesday of race week and published in full below once released.

The Metropolitan 2021 field attracted a capacity line-up of 18 starters plus three emergencies with the well-backed mares Montefilia and She’s Ideel both drawing wide in barriers 17 and 15 respectively.

Click here to read more on the key stayers in the 2021 The Metropolitan field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #2 Shared Ambition (1) has been scratched from The Metropolitan in favour of a run in the Group 2 $1 million Hill Stakes (2000m);
  • #11 Kukeracha (16); 
  • #21e Long Arm (14); and 
  • #6 Mirage Dancer (13) has also come out with the last year’s champion and Irish-stud bound galloper to be saved for Saturday week’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) as his swansong.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x250217x20 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 8 58kg 106
2 x120138x55 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 57.5kg 106
3 x75810x052 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 18 57kg 105
4 9x11400x90 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller (late alt) 6 57kg 103
5 x66538x250 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 19 56kg 103
6 9308×82684 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Sam Clipperton 13 56kg 103
7 600x0516x0 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Regan Bayliss 12 56kg 103
8 13x6345x32 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 17 55.5kg 106
9 x241441x06 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith James McDonald 20 55.5kg 102
10 25x57170x5 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Glen Boss 21 55.5kg 102
11 7x6321x280 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 16 55.5kg 100
12 x32324x371 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 15 55kg 105
13 22×5415116 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 5 54kg 99
14 241265×831 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 52.5kg 103
15 134×132751 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 11 52kg 2.0kg 97
16 0x654700x7 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 7 51kg 93
17 x333112163 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 50kg 91
18 1622x32x05 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 9 50kg 88
19e 101x71x574 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 2 50kg 88
20e 1122x05x64 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 3 50kg 88
21e x4x16123x0 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Jean Van Overmeire 14 50kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Metropolitan Handicap Nominations

The 2021 The Metropolitan nominations are released by Racing NSW in early September attracting close to 100 entries each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The Metropolitan 2021 nominations attracted 85 stayers led in early betting by Bjorn Baker’s Sydney Cup fourth placed mare She’s Ideel, her in-form stablemate Harpo Marx and the Mark Newnham-trained Spirit Ridge.

The Metropolitan Handicap weights are set for release on Monday September 13, 2021.

Click here to read more about the key 2021 The Metropolitan nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 311x90x760 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
2 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
3 11x121x41x AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes
4 3x66538x25 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
5 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
6 4x241441x0 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 102
7 x528434x17 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 06×0626411 BERDIBEK (FR) G 8 John O’Shea 104
9 417x903x84 BLUE SOLDIER (USA) G 5 Annabel Neasham 87
10 93x73590x0 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney
11 51622x32x0 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
12 31x07x6739 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 74
13 61x12454x6 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
14 3x4514x926 COOLTH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 54×3914242 CRIMINAL CODE G 5 Chris Waller 90
16 22110×7621 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 75
17 79x11400x9 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
18 x5111166x8 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne
19 7x1111x6x4 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
20 1143×95 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 76
21 00238375×5 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
22 035×528253 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
23 1x2031x EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 78
24 9x241265x8 ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
25 4x75x55x01 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
26 2634100×66 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 100
27 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 100
28 44×2212112 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 3134×13275 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 79
30 122×541511 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 99
31 x3621521x2 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 3954116×31 HERMAN HESSE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 74
33 3211131×48 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
34 00x654700x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 93
35 35x111733x KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
36 4358247×96 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 82
37 6143x8511x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
38 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 102
39 44×4195215 LAURE ME IN G 7 Matthew Dunn 100
40 25x57170x5 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman
41 1x4x16123x LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis
42 1101x71x57 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 84
43 6316984143 MAHAMEDEIS G 7 Nick Ryan
44 0x31222x23 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 78
45 508x663x00 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
46 x4135P2x48 MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
47 7x878333x0 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien
48 37215280×0 MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney
49 x9308x8268 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 x861126x08 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 90
51 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
52 3x41x211x0 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
53 33×415113 MR BOND (NZ) G 5 Brad Widdup 67
54 6×33311216 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 86
55 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
56 636341×843 ONE MORE TRY M 7 Matt Cumani
57 0518126×97 OUR BAMBINO G 5 Robert & Luke Price 67
58 8x70x44481 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 79
59 x0658x7110 PERFECT RADIANCE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 74
60 524x2x22x5 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 77
61 5x75810x05 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 105
62 62x62251x0 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
63 x9230x8752 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
64 x41721131x ROBUSTO (NZ) M 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
65 4227111×00 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 71
66 218227×055 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
67 28x86541x0 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
68 7x120138x5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
69 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
70 6014x300x5 SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
71 282×003218 SHUFFLE UP G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 75
72 66556253×1 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
73 5x014140x6 SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham 89
74 9217232111 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
75 21x62309x9 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney
76 0x6820532x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 69
77 1x250217x2 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 108
78 2x23141x80 TAIKOMOCHI G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
79 530×318514 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney
80 563×112221 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
81 9120×09701 TORRENS H 5 Lauri Parker 75
82 7600x0516x WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
83 7x780x9x59 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 99
84 1122x05x6 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84
85 112x5x4242 ZIEGFELD (GB) G 5 James Cummings

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.

Recent Metropolitan Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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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