Runner-up in 2016, the Waller trained 5YO will be looking to go one better in 2017 and comes into the race 4th-up.
The Irish import is a three-time winner at Randwick and started favourite to win the 2016 Sydney Cup. Finishing 2nd in that race he wasn't seen again until the Autumn of 2017 where he couldn't recapture his best form and then fell in the first running of this year's Sydney Cup. Sent for a spell he has returned in good touch, highlighted by his win at 2000m in the G3 Kingston Town Stakes last start.
Big Duke will be looking to emulate the deeds of Seville in 2013 who competed in the Naturalism Stakes en-route to winning The Metrop. The 6YO carried 58.5kg in the Naturalism when finishing 6 lengths from the winner Harlem.
The Kiwi trained Chocante returned to the track following a spell in the G2 Chelmsford Stakes at 1600m when runing 3rd to Winx. Stepping up to the 2000m of the Kingstown Town he loomed up at the top of the straight but didn't go on with it when beaten 3.7 lengths behind Libran. HIs Winter campaign was rounded out in fine style when successful in the G2 Brisbane Cup at Doomben when carrying 53kg over the 2200m trip.
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 2017 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 2018 G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
In 2017 the race will offer prizemoney of $750,000 with the winner to receive $430,000. The 2016 winner was the John Thompson trained Sir John Hawkwood, ridden by Blake Spriggs. Other past winners include Glencadam Gold, Tawqeet, Te Akau Nick, Ming Dynasty and Tails.
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|Date:||Saturday 30th September 2017|
|Race Time:||16:45 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Quality Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Sir John Hawkwood|
|Bet on The Metropolitan|
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).
|2016||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD||BLAKE 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