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 $400,000 in prize money and run over 2400m. Held on Epsom Handicap Day that features three Group 1 races, it 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 Railings (2005), Ming Dynasty (1978) and Redcraze (1956).
This year The Metropolitan Handicap will be run on Saturday 1st October 2016.
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. The final field of 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 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.
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.
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 Handicap Results
The Metropolitan results are known late on the Epsom Handicap Day card with the event running as Randwick Race 9. They display the exact finishing order of all the starters, any scratched horses, the winning margin, time, weight and starting price of each galloper.