Metropolitan Handicap 2017

Saturday September 30, 2017

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).

This year The Metropolitan Handicap will be run on Saturday September 30, 2017.

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 30, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1863

The Metropolitan Handicap Betting & Odds

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.

2017 The Metropolitan Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2017 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 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).

2017 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on September 27, 2017 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.

2017 The Metropolitan Nominations & Weights

The Metropolitan Nominations for 2017 were taken in early September and attracted 73 early entries, including five for top Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

Official 2017 The Metropolitan Weights were released a fortnight later with former ATC Derby winner Tavago heading the handicaps with 58kg, followed by the Waller-trained duo of Libran (57kg) and Who Shot Thebarman (57kg) who are both Sydney Cup placegetters.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x65123x81 BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 52kg 98
2 1x00x518x7 TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 58kg 110
3 2x8746Px61 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 108
4 55x3642x94 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 108
5 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 5= 56.5kg 107
6 x80x621x02 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 5= 56.5kg 107
7 01121x5x76 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 56kg 106
8 x9210x71x0 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 8= 55.5kg 105
9 31×9763415 DESTINY’S KISS G 9 Joseph Pride 8= 55.5kg 105
10 3x37710x24 TALLY G 5 James Cummings 8= 55.5kg 105
11 543321×806 ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 11= 55kg 104
12 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 11= 55kg 104
13 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 11= 55kg 104
14 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 11= 55kg 104
15 2x1240x542 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 15= 54.5kg 103
16 5x0x010x55 ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 15= 54.5kg 103
17 1x37301x37 CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 15= 54.5kg 103
18 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15= 54.5kg 103
19 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 15= 54.5kg 103
20 1x4214x839 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 15= 52.5kg 103
21 282x060x00 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21 54kg 102
22 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22= 53.5kg 101
23 2384x386x5 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22= 53.5kg 101
24 7x39x12x13 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 24= 53kg 100
25 028x337x76 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 24= 53kg 100
26 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 52.5kg 99
27 144×802225 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 27= 52kg 98
28 86×3151118 PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 27= 52kg 98
29 228x8x0178 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 29= 51.5kg 97
30 1x75459x70 KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 29= 51.5kg 97
31 624x128x19 MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley 29= 51.5kg 97
32 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 29= 50kg 97
33 0x50086412 AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 33= 51kg 96
34 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 33= 51kg 96
35 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 33= 51kg 96
36 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 36= 50.5kg 95
37 0x4131x590 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 36= 50.5kg 95
38 x227x090x5 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 36= 50.5kg 95
39 0184260×50 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 39= 50kg 94
40 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 39= 50kg 94
41 14x4197x88 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 39= 50kg 94
42 5225223×54 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 42= 50kg 93
43 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 42= 50kg 93
44 x121211234 SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 42= 50kg 93
45 522x0121x6 TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy 42= 50kg 93
46 2482x542x9 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 42= 50kg 93
47 213×009435 LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 47 50kg 92
48 2210×67911 EMBLEY G 6 Bjorn Baker 48= 50kg 91
49 6x1164x362 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 48= 50kg 91
50 244×306321 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 48= 50kg 91
51 9065227×37 ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings 51 50kg 90
52 12652×5770 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 52 50kg 89
53 1214×42333 ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 53= 50kg 88
54 9520449×00 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 53= 50kg 88
55 x025094221 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 7 Brian Smith 53= 50kg 88
56 x9x1735111 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 56 50kg 87
57 1x1x21x322 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 57= 50kg 86
58 14112132×7 FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 57= 50kg 86
59 22×2325210 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59= 50kg 84
60 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 84
61 168×211314 YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 59= 50kg 84
62 x891413559 CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62= 50kg 83
63 4051421427 SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 62= 50kg 83
64 7440234129 THE GETAWAY G 4 Paul Perry 64 50kg 81
65 1x354965x4 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 65 50kg 79
66 2634×54114 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 66= 50kg 78
67 53324658×8 SHALMANESER G 7 Richard Litt 66= 50kg 78
68 5241x32x11 UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 66= 50kg 78
69 1357541827 WAHNG WAH M 5 Kris Lees 66= 50kg 78
70 4621x30x46 DOUKHAN (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 70 50kg 75
71 00×4026112 EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 71 50kg 71
72 6748x111x7 ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 72 50kg 70
73 2311 SOCIAL ELEMENT (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 73 50kg 69

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.

2017 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2017 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 52kg 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

  • Seville (2013) and Newport (2008) were the only The Metropolitan winners from 2008 – 2016 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 2006-16
  • 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

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).

2017 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2017 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday September 30, 2017.

Winners of The Metropolitan

Year Placegetters Winning Time
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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