The Metropolitan is a Group 1 race held at the world-class Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day. Taking place during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, this open Handicap is run over 2400m and offers $400,000 in prize money. It is held alongside other prestigious Group 1 races, the Epsom Handicap and the Flight Stakes. Known as the Great Metropolitan Stakes when it first staged back in 1863, it has become a mainstay in Australian racing ever since.
It was originally a Principal Race, but finally reached Group 1 status in 1979. Many great horses have won this race, from Ming Dynasty to Tawqeet, but no galloper has ever won the treble of the Metropolitan, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. However, Tawqueet (2006) and Railings (2005) both notched the Metropolitan/Caulfield Cup double. The Metropolitan honour board also includes; Te Akau Nick (1992), Natski (1988), Hayai (1983/84), Tails (1969/70), Macdougal (1959) and Delta (1951).
|2015||MAGIC HURRICANE||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||02:28.5|
|2014||JUNOOB||BLAKE SHINN||CHRIS WALLER||02.26.5|
|2013||SEVILLE||HUGH BOWMAN||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02.32.0|
|2012||GLENCADAM GOLD||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||02.29.7|
|2011||THE VERMINATOR||CRAIG NEWITT||CHRIS WALLER||02.33.4|
|2010||HERCULIAN PRINCE||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||02.29.9|
|2009||SPEED GIFTED||COREY BROWN||LEE FREEDMAN||02.35.1|
|2008||NEWPORT||PETER WELLS||PAUL PERRY||02.33.0|
|2006||TAWQEET||DWAYNE DUNN||DAVID HAYES||02.31.1|
* Race was not held in 2007 due to outbreak of equine influenza