The Metropolitan 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

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.

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) was the last to do the double.

This season The Metropolitan Handicap runs on Saturday October 2, 2021. 

2021 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2021 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021.

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

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
  • 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.

2021 The Metropolitan Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2021 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 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 The Metropolitan will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

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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).

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).

2021 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2021 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.

2021 The Metropolitan Nominations

Early nominations for The Metropolitan 2021 are taken by Racing NSW on Monday the 6th of September, 2021.

Eighty-five stayers make-up the early 2021 The Metropolitan nominations including last year’s champion Mirage Dancer, Wyong Gold Cup winner Berdibek and She’s Ideel who ran fourth in the autumn’s Sydney Cup over the two miles.

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 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.

2021 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2021 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

2021 The Metropolitan Form

A link to our detailed The Metropolitan 2021 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