The Metropolitan 2023

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.

2022 The Metropolitan winner No Compromise

2022 The Metropolitan winner No Compromise. Photo: Steve Hart.

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 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes race in Sydney.

The winner of the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) race run a fortnight earlier meanwhile earns a The Metropolitan ballot exemption and Herculian Prince (2010) followed by the fellow Tulloch Lodge-raced Just Fine (2023) are the latest to do the double.

The Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) also offers the winner a The Metropolitan ballot exemption. In 2023 Spirit Ridge ran second in both the Newcastle Gold Cup and The Metropolitan when nearly scoring an upset in the latter at 40/1 after a huge run.

This season The Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday September 30, 2023 as part of Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney and saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained odds-on favourite Just Fine ($1.75F) narrowly saluting for the punters ahead of a likely Melbourne Cup assignment. 

2023 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2023 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday September 30, 2023.

2023 The Metropolitan winner Just Fine

2023 The Metropolitan winner Just Fine looks on track for a shot at the $8 million Melbourne Cup on November 7. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #14 Just Fine
  • 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 Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2023 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 The Metropolitan will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 30, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1863
 

The Metropolitan 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.

Just Fine ($1.75 in 2023) was the last The Metropolitan favourite to salute for the punters.

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 Tuesday 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.

Come Play With Me | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

2019 The Metropolitan winner Come Play With Me. Photo: 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).

A fortnight prior to the Newcastle Gold Cup, the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) also serves as a potential early The Metropolitan lead-up race and The Verminator (2011) was the last to do the double.

Rosehill’s Group 3 Premier’s Cup (1900m) run in late August is another good early The Metropolitan lead-up race and recent horses to do the double include Railings (2005), Glencadam Gold (2012) and Magic Hurricane (2015).

2023 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2023 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release the Tuesday 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 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.

2023 The Metropolitan Nominations

Early nominations for The Metropolitan 2023 are taken by Racing NSW on Monday the 4th of September, 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
3 6880x43x79 DUAIS M 6 Edward Cummings 2= 56kg 56kg 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
15 7106x74x60 ALEGRON G 5 James Cummings 15= 54kg 54kg 103
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
25 9281x860x8 MANZOICE H 4 Chris Waller 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
30 4x694341x8 FIREBURN M 4 Gary Portelli 22= 51kg 51kg 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
36 x601x060x0 TORRENS H 7 Marc Chevalier 36 52kg 52kg 99
37 x994658101 BENAUD G 5 John O’Shea 37= 51.5kg 51.5kg 98
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
52 3498419128 OUTLANDOS G 7 John Sargent 52= 50kg 50kg 90
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 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 winners to back up and take out The Metropolitan since Railings (2005) are Glencadam Gold (2012) and Just Fine (2023).

Just Fine was Gai Waterhouse’s ninth 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.

2023 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2023 tips and Randwick exotic betting selections will be detailed for punters below the week of Epsom Handicap Day.

  • To Win: #8 Spirit Ridge ($27 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.

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 kg 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 three 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 has stacked-up in other elite level races many times over the years including in 2021 with the winner Montefilia running a next-up fourth in the Caulfield Cup results before returning in the autumn of 2022 to win the Ranvet Stakes.

The Metropolitan Form Facts

  • Mirage Dancer (2020), Foundry (2017), Seville (2013) and Newport (2008) are the only The Metropolitan winners from 2008 – 2023 to come off a non-Sydney lead-up race.
  • Since 2005 just three horses have come off a victory before winning The Metropolitan including the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Kingston Town Stakes winner Just Fine in 2023.
  • Favourites have a poor recent record in The Metropolitan results with only four saluting from 2006-2023.
  • Since Railings (2005) the only The Metropolitan winner younger than five-years-old was Montefilia (4YO mare in 2021).
  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse holds the record with nine The Metropolitan winners as of 2023.

2023 The Metropolitan Form

A link to our detailed The Metropolitan 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The Metropolitan race 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 Just Fine (2023).

Notable recent The Metropolitan winners include Coco Cobanna (2000), Glencadam Gold (2012), Sir John Hawkwood (2016), and Montefilia (2021).

Montefilia (2021) is the last The Metropolitan winning mare.

Just Fine holds the current The Metropolitan race record winning in 2023 in a time of 2 minutes 26:11 seconds.

Past The Metropolitan Winners

Recent The Metropolitan winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Place-Getters Winning Time
2023 Just Fine Spirit Ridge Kalapour 2:26.11 (R)
2022 No Compromise Le Don De Vie Realm Of Flowers 2:38.13
2021 Montefilia Entente Harpo Marx 2:27.79
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