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THE METROPOLITAN - FOUR FAST FACTS


The Group 1 The Metropolitan or the Metrop as it is often referred sits alongside the Caulfield Cup as the only 2400m races on the Australian G1 calendar run under handicap conditions. In 2016 the lowest handicap for 3YO’s will be 48kg and for aged horses 50kg.

The race dates back to 1863 and was originally known as the Great Metropolitan Stakes and was run over 3200m. The race has changed in distance on numerous occasions, however has never been run less than the current distance of 2400m, which it has maintained since 2001. It has been held at Randwick every year except for 1983 when it was run at Warwick Farm.

The winner of the Newcastle Cup is exempt from ballot, while the winner of the Queens Cup (Colin Stephen Quality) is exempt from ballot and penalty. The winner of this race will gain a ballot exemption for the 2017 G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

In 2016 the race will offer prizemoney of $750,000 with the winner to receive $450,000. The 2015 winner was the John O’Shea trained Magic Hurricane, ridden by James McDonald. Other past winners include Glencadam Gold, Tawqeet, Te Akau Nick, Ming Dynasty and Tails.

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THE METROPOLITAN RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 1st October 2016
Race Time: 16:40 AEST
Race Code: SR8
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2,400 metres
Race Type: 3YO Quality Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
2016 Winner: Sir John Hawkwood
2016 The Metropolitan Results

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
5 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD 1ST $6.80 (win)
12 ANTONIO GUISEPPE 2ND $1.80 (pl)
8 ALLERGIC 3RD $2.80 (pl)
7 SACRED MASTER 4TH -


2016 THE METROPOLITAN TOP PICKS

2016 THE METROPOLITAN TOP PICKS

SACRED MASTER

Sacred Master has now had four starts for Chris Waller, securing his first victory for last season’s leading Group 1 winning trainer at his most recent start. Lining up in the G3 Newcastle Cup over 2200m, the 5YO was a well-supported second favourite behind Singing and after racing mid-field, proved too strong in landing the victory over Dee I Cee with Junoob in third. That followed a half-length second in the Listed Wyong Cup over 2100m. Chris Waller has successfully used the same path to win the 2011 The Metrop with the Verminator who won the Wyong Cup, was fifth in the Newcastle Cup and then went on to victory in the 2400m G1 feature. Sacred Master should have no trouble with the increased distance of The Metrop, having won the G2 Avondale Cup in New Zealand over the same distance and finishing 3rd in the G1 Auckland Cup, both... read more Sacred Master has now had four starts for Chris Waller, securing his first victory for last season’s leading Group 1 winning trainer at his most recent start. Lining up in the G3 Newcastle Cup over 2200m, the 5YO was a well-supported second favourite behind Singing and after racing mid-field, proved too strong in landing the victory over Dee I Cee with Junoob in third. That followed a half-length second in the Listed Wyong Cup over 2100m. Chris Waller has successfully used the same path to win the 2011 The Metrop with the Verminator who won the Wyong Cup, was fifth in the Newcastle Cup and then went on to victory in the 2400m G1 feature. Sacred Master should have no trouble with the increased distance of The Metrop, having won the G2 Avondale Cup in New Zealand over the same distance and finishing 3rd in the G1 Auckland Cup, both in the Autumn of 2016. read less

ANTONIO GIUSEPPE

Another Kiwi staying import transferred to Chris Waller, the 4YO has now put together a four race winning streak, each race when the starting favourite. The latest win came in a benchmark 78 at Rosehill over 2000m where he was allotted the 61kg top-weight when carrying 59kg following the claim of Koby Jennings. That win had followed a narrow victory in a benchmark 78 when carrying 58.5kg and ridden by Hugh Bowman to victory. Weighted with just 50kg for The Metrop, he will have no issue in gaining a start despite being ranked equal twentieth in the ballot with many of those ahead already indicating they have other targets. It will be the biggest test to date for the 4YO, but the gelded son of former Melbourne Cup winner Shocking is certainly bred to go the distance at what will be his first start beyond 2000m.

ALLERGIC

John O’Shea will be looking for successive wins in The Metrop and Allergic appearing the pick of the Godolphin runners, slightly ahead of the 2015 winner Magic Hurricane in the UBET market. Second-up this campaign the 5YO was a noticeable drifter in the market however was defied the betting trend to land a 1.5 length victory in the Premiers Cup prelude over 1800m, when carrying 58.5kg. Starting favourite for the Premiers Cup he could only manage a 5th. Taking on the G3 Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m he carried 56.5kg under the handicap conditions in finishing 3rd behind Mccreery. His The Metropolitan campaign was rounded out with victory in the G3 Colin Stephen Quality, carrying 58kg to victory as the favourite. That win allowed the 5YO to gain a penalty exemption, meaning he gets in to the 2400m G1 with just 50.5kg on his back.



THE METROPOLITAN INFORMATION

THE METROPOLITAN INFORMATION

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).



PREVIOUS METROPOLITAN WINNERS

PREVIOUS METROPOLITAN WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD B SPRIGGS JOHN P THOMPSON 02:30.4
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