Metropolitan Handicap 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

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 runs on Saturday October 5, 2019.

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
  • 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.

2019 The Metropolitan Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2019 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 hasn’t had the maximum number of runners line up on race day since 2005 when Railings won from barrier 14 of 18. 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

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).

2019 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2019 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.

2019 The Metropolitan Nominations

Early nominations for The Metropolitan 2019 are taken by Racing NSW in early September and the full list of entries will be published below once announced.

The 2019 The Metropolitan nominations drew 94 gallopers including Chris Waller’s Chelmsford Stakes third placed mare Girl Tuesday and the autumn’s ATC Derby winner Angel Of Truth. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 20x4614x93 ALFARRIS (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
2 11x16511x6 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 106
3 153145×143 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees 83
4 2x8830611x AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 1058x255x2 BASS (JPN) G 6 Liam Howley
6 1x41x33240 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan
7 1116x821x7 BIG BLUE (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
9 2x87400x09 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 96
10 5147225×50 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 73
11 24411×0413 CARZOFF (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 105
12 4723211112 COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 103
13 34449x16x4 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
14 24235×6545 CREEDENCE G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 234917×866 CURATA PRINCESS M 6 Robert & Luke Price 67
16 210×8131 DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 77
17 0x2468223x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustac
18 x217549x84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
19 7x8565826x DOUKHAN (IRE) G 11 Kris Lees 84
20 5x53314x09 DURETTO (GB) G 8 Matt Cumani
21 3111890×83 ETYMOLOGY G 7 James Cummings
22 86x2x0x692 EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
23 110x51437x FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 72
24 655x1x34x5 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
25 840x5516x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
26 13112×9092 GAYATRI M 5 Chris Waller 78
27 8888123×13 GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller 104
28 11102113×5 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow
29 201x6112x9 GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 105
30 18825616×0 GUNDOWN G 5 Michael Moroney
31 13x12619x0 HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
32 9x818328x4 HARIPOUR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 102
33 69x4719x00 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 621x4520x4 HARRISON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
35 16184×0 HEART OF GRACE (JPN) M 5 Frank Pangallo 72
36 x9239x1662 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
37 4×25213116 JINDA (NZ) M 5 Pat & Chris Hyland
38 12x141x33 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Liam Howley
39 0x364408x9 LORD FANDANGO (GER) G 7 Archie Alexander
40 x192x322x2 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
41 30x02062x0 MAURUS (GB) G 9 John Thompson 97
42 2561×05170 MAWAANY MACHINE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 92
43 76×8744324 MONGOLIAN WOLF G 6 Kris Lees 85
44 56903638×0 MORTON’S FORK G 6 Richard Litt 92
45 1x2x041050 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
46 1564264×81 MRS MADRID M 4 Anthony Cummings 71
47 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 x8112x5987 NAHUEL (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 73
49 10x58158x8 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 96
50 2112x30x80 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
51 115x80x363 OCEAN WALZER (GER) G 6 Paul Preusker
52 321119×3 OCEANEX (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
53 464×351211 OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees 83
54 x013x121x0 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh 106
55 1x46797x90 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 103
56 25x14941x2 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
57 03×5025111 QUAFFANY G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 72
58 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 107
59 77462090×9 RODRICO G 7 Bjorn Baker 89
60 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 92
62 11x23727x2 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 91
63 x611130x00 SEMARI (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
64 x1x92321x0 SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 108
65 5x42170x46 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
66 x02652244x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
67 x444740x70 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 101
68 310x3321x0 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 108
69 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 105
-70 622x013x33 SPANISH POINT (GB) G 5 Liam Howley
71 3219155x9x SPANISH STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
72 655x1x0020 STAMPEDE H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
73 22x11111x4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman
74 80x56252x9 SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
75 38414x0x31 SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
76 x112x216x2 SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
77 11514132×4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker
78 43013215×6 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 102
79 153x TAVIDANCE (NZ) H 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
80 11×948 TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
81 x506212501 TERWILLIKER G 5 Anthony Cummings 66
82 1921249×12 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 5 Shaune Ritchie 79
83 53531320×5 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
84 4x772231x6 VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
85 1303293423 VAUCLUSE BAY G 6 Chris Waller 91
86 x50500x806 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
87 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
88 11x211x18 WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 91
89 231×211611 WU GOK G 6 Chris Waller 104
90 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
91 276x059x87 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 107
92 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
93 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 104
94 x6200013x9 ZACADA (NZ) G 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

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.

2019 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2019 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

  • Foundry (2017), Seville (2013) and Newport (2008) were the only The Metropolitan winners from 2008 – 2018 to come off a non-Sydney lead-up race
  • Since 2005 just one horse came 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 2006-18
  • 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

2019 The Metropolitan Form

A link to our detailed The Metropolitan 2019 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).

2019 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2019 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday October 5, 2019.

Winners of The Metropolitan

Year Placegetters Winning Time
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