The Metropolitan 2020

Saturday October 3, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Sydney stayers have a dominant recent record in The Metropolitan over interstate runners

The Metropolitan is a well-known handicap race conducted at Randwick Racecourse in early October each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $750,000 in prize money, the staying classic is conducted over 2400m and The Metropolitan winner takes out over $430,000 in prize money.

Held on Epsom Handicap Day that features three Group 1 races, The Metropolitan Handicap was first run in 1863 and has held elite level status since 1979. Originally called the Great Metropolitan Stakes it was run on the Labour Day holiday on the first Monday in October until 2004. Many top stayers have enjoyed success in The Metropolitan over the years including Magic Hurricane (2015), Railings (2005), Ming Dynasty (1978) and Redcraze (1956).

Each spring The Metropolitan winner is exempt from ballot for the following autumn’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes race in Sydney.

This year The Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 and was won by the Caulfield Cup-bound Mirage Dancer.

2020 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2020 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday October 3, 2020.

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

Mirage Dancer ($10) was produced at the right time by jockey Nash Rawiller to deny the favourite Mugatoo ($3) success in a tight The Metropolitan 2020 result.

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. 

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1863
 

The Metropolitan Handicap Betting

The Metropolitan Handicap betting markets open as soon as the nominations for the mile and a half classic close in late August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Futures betting on Group 1 races like The Metropolitan give you the chance to lock in juicy prices on potential runners. Many punters however prefer to wait until the field is released and The Metropolitan odds are often led by horses that ran well in races like the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup, the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality or Caulfield’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.

Horses that come off nice lead-up runs in Sydney, are well-weighted in The Metropolitan weights and older gallopers traditionally sit at the top of The Metropolitan odds each season.

2020 The Metropolitan Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2020 betting odds and links to our markets will be available below so make sure you stay tuned for access to the best Group 1 Randwick racing odds online.

 

The Metropolitan Handicap Field

The Metropolitan field has a capacity of 18 starters but hadn’t had the maximum number of runners line up on race day since 2005 when Railings won from barrier 14 of 18 until 2020 when Mirage Dancer saluted.

The final field of The Metropolitan acceptances is out on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday and is considered a nice lead-up for Melbourne-bound hopefuls that could back-up in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. The Metropolitan nominations meanwhile close in late August with up to 100 runners making up the early entries.

The Metropolitan Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

The Verminator (2011) scored a big upset win at The Metropolitan odds of $21. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Horses come into The Metropolitan field via a number of different lead-up races, a number of which offer a ballot exemption to the winner into the Group 1 including the Newcastle Gold Cup. The last galloper to complete the Newcastle Cup – The Metropolitan double without another run in between was Glencadam Gold (2012).

2020 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2020 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below, so stay tuned to see what spring stayers make the starting line-up in the mile and a half feature.

The 2020 The Metropolitan field features a full line-up of spring stayers led in betting by Kris Lees’ Newcastle Cup winner Mugatoo

  • Scratchings: #7 Shared Ambition (19) and #10 Lord Belvedere (10) both run in Melbourne’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings at Flemington instead. #5 Raheen House (12) and #22e Grey Lion (14) have also come out. 
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 Nominations

Early nominations for The Metropolitan 2020 are taken by Racing NSW in early September. 

The Metropolitan Handicap Tips

The Metropolitan tips are often a mixed affair with the race know to attract a big field. Winners of the race in recent years have come via a host of different lead-ups and the only last start winner to back up and take out The Metropolitan since Railings (2005) was Glencadam Gold (2012). He was trainer Gai Waterhouse’s eighth champion in the event making Waterhouse-trained runners a good The Metropolitan Handicap tip each spring.

Other key The Metropolitan betting tips include looking for horses weighted 55.5kg and under and those coming off a Sydney lead-up run.

2020 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2020 tips and Randwick exotic betting selections will be detailed for punters below the week of Epsom Handicap Day.

The Metropolitan Handicap Form Guide

The Metropolitan Handicap form guide lists all of the final acceptors, their barriers, jockeys, trainers and allocated weights. The winning weight range in the race over the past decade ranges from a light 50.5kg to 56kg that Opinion (2014) carried to victory for trainer Chris Waller.

Junoob originally won the 2014 race but was later disqualified for a failed drug test. The race favourites meanwhile aren’t always the most likely to win in this spring major with just two saluting since 2005 with plenty of long-priced roughies scoring an upset including Newport (40/1 in 2008) and The Verminator (20/1 in 2011).

The Metropolitan Form Facts

  • Mirage Dancer (2020), Foundry (2017), Seville (2013) and Newport (2008) are the only The Metropolitan winners from 2008 – 2020 to come off a non-Sydney lead-up race
  • Since 2005 just two horses have off a victory before winning The Metropolitan with Glencadam Gold (2012) who took out the Newcastle Gold Cup
  • Favourites have a poor recent record in The Metropolitan results with only two saluting from 2006-20
  • Since Railings (2005) no The Metropolitan winner has been younger than five-years-old
  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse holds the record with eight The Metropolitan winners

2020 The Metropolitan Form

A link to our detailed The Metropolitan 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The Metropolitan results display the exact finishing order of all the starters, any scratched horses, the winning margin, time, weight and starting price of each galloper.

In recent years The Metropolitan Handicap results have been dominated by Sydney-trained horses coming off lead-up runs in New South Wales. Favourites only have an average record in The Metropolitan results of the past decade, with the last to salute for the punters being Magic Hurricane (2015).

Notable recent The Metropolitan winners include Coco Cobanna (2000) who is the last mare to win, Glencadam Gold (2012) and Sir John Hawkwood (2016).

Winners of The Metropolitan

Year Placegetters Winning Time
2020 Mirage Dancer Mugatoo Angel Of Truth 2:27.52
2019 Come Play With Me Gallic Chieftain Sir Charles Road 2:30.61
2018 Patrick Erin Brimham Rocks Sikandarabad 2:29.6
2017 Foundry Big Duke Chocante 2:27.7
2016 Sir John Hawkwood Antonio Giuseppe Allergic 2:27.4
2015 Magic Hurricane Beaten Up Havana Cooler 2:28.5
2014 Junoob Opinion Araldo 2:26.5
2013 Seville Julienas Sneak A Peek 2:32.1
2012 Glencadam Gold Kelinni Reuben Percival 2:29.7
2011 The Verminator Hawk Island Lamasery 2:33.4
2010 Herculian Prince Mourayan No Wine No Song 2:29.9
2009 Speed Gifted Lodge The Deeds Fiumicino 2:35.1
2008 Newport Bianca Get Up Jude 2:33.0
2007 Race Not Run  –  –
2006 Tawqeet Activation Vanquished 2:31.1
2005 Railings Run Rita Run Men At Work 2:28.5
2004 County Tyrone Itemise Don Raphael 2:33.6
2003 Bedouin Daneborogh Bodie 2:34.4
2002 Victory Smile Piachay Dress Circle 2:31.3
2001 Dress Circle Danyon Homewrecker 2:29.4
2000 Coco Cobanna Pasta Express Citra’s Prince 2:44.3