The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2022
Location: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Distance: 1600m

The Metropolitan is run October and is one of the key meets of the spring in the harbour city.

The premier staying race during the Sydney spring carnival, has a history of past runners who have gone on to perform highly in the bigger Melbourne spring carnival races later in the year. Two winners won the Caulfield Cup at their following start which should give punters a good insight.

Dominated by European imports in recent years, punters take serious notice of The Metropolitan which makes the Randwick feature a must-watch. It is a proven Cups form guide and the openness of the race makes betting on it worthwhile.

2022 The Metropolitan betting odds

Hugh Bowman on Montefilia returns to scale after winning race 9 the Heineken Metropolitan during Sydney Racing on Epsom Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

To Be Confirmed closer to racing date.

Best bookmakers for The Metropolitan

Given the popularity of The Metropoltan, bookmakers open markets around July/August with the spring carnival firmly in mind.

Spring carnival races are the most popular with Australian and offshore bettors, so the bookies know the importance of not only getting the market up, but also offering the best odds.

Our recommended bookmakers offer the best odds in Australia and the promotions available are great value. Bonus bets and money back specials will be offered on all Metropolitan fixed odds bets.

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The Metropolitan betting guide

Patrick Erin was a double-figure winner in The Metropolitan in 2018 for Chris Waller.

The best guide is to back the imported runners. They have an incredible record in the race and that’s largely due to the timing of the race.

Imported stayers have become more frequent in Sydney over time and they have dominated The Metropolitan in past runnings.

Imported European stayer Sir John Hawkwood tasted success in 2016 and after four previous trainers in both Europe and Australia, the eight-year-old was able to run best over the staying distance of 2400m.

Only two favourites have won in the last 11 years (Magic Hurricane, Glencadam Gold) and there has been six double-figure winners in that stretch too. Five of the last 11 favourites have failed to place which isn’t encouraging for favourites punters.

There have been some champion runners suffer defeat in the 2400m feature. Melbourne Cup-winning Doriemus finished second as the $2 favourite and fellow Melbourne Cup winner Saintly finished third as the $2.10 favourite. That shows that The Metropolitan is a great form guide to races later in the Melbourne spring carnival.

2021 The Metropolitan result

1stMontefilia ($6.50)
2ndEntente ($2.10)
3rdHarpo Marx ($7.00)

Recent Metropolitan winners

  • Having drawn the wide barrier Montefilia had to settle out wide in the second half of the field and be patient.Favourite Entente started his move early up the field which resulted in Bowman having to loosen the reigns to follow. There were plenty of challenges on the straight with the likes of Hush Writer and Spirit Ridge looking a chance before Montefilia pushed through to put her head in front at the 150m. Entente came with her and the duo hit the line together forcing a thrilling photo finish that went the way of Montefilia the outside by the bob of the head resulting in Hugh Bowman claiming his 100th Group One Victory.
  • It took a patient ride from Nash Rawiller, but it was the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Mirage Dancer who foiled the party of favourite Mugatoo in The Metropolitan. The ex-Kiwi was shifted back to midfield upon entering the home straight having been three back the fence, but Rawiller was patient throughout the early stages of the home straight, but once the gap appeared at the 200m mark he exploded through the gap and displayed a turn of foot which saw him nab Mugatoo on the line in dramatic fashion.
  • The premier staying race in Sydney saw Brimham Rocks nicely backed to jump favourite for the Chris Waller team, but it was yet again ‘The Other Waller’ horse who got up in an exciting edition of the Metropolitan. Come Play With Me was yet to set the world on fire after his move over from Western Australia, but was the one who went home the best went charging through a small gap to hold out Gallic Chieftain, to hand Chris Waller his third Group 1 for the day.
  • Patrick Erin had failed to set the world on fire since crossing the Tasman earlier in the year, but a quality lead in run to the Metro may have gotten under the punters’ guard. Under a brilliant ride from Corey Brown, the $16 outsider was presented in the final 200m race to challenge the favourite Brimham Rocks, matched strides with the swooping Kiwi but just went down in a photo finish.
  • Foundry lobbed into Cups calculations with a tough win in the 2017 Metropolitan Handicap. The eight-year-old import for Robert Hickmott sustained a run around runners to beat the fast-finishing Big Duke and New Zealand entrant Chocante. The 11-horse field was covered by less than six lengths which doesn’t say much for the quality of the field, but it was enough to earn Foundry plenty of respect. Read report here.
  • Astern established itself as the class three-year-old of its year scoring by 2.25 lengths. The John O’Shea-trained colt by Medaglia D’Oro burst past runners with a big turn-of-foot and it gave James McDonald won of his biggest wins before succumbing to suspension. Included in the beaten brigade was subsequent group one winner Impending and quality filly Yankee Rose.
  • Magic Hurricane was a John O’Shea-trained European import which started its Australian campaign with a bang. It easily dispatched a solid Metropolitan field by two lengths which included Beaten Up, Opinion and Junoob. It hasn’t quite been the same horse since, but it was only one of two favourites to win in the last 10 years.
  • Opinion was always considered a top European prospect on rain-affected ground, but it managed to win on a good track in 2014. Another import for Chris Waller, the son of Oasis Dream wasn’t fancied at $12 in the betting, but it finished off too well for its rivals didn’t include much apart from second place-getter and Melbourne Cup entrant Araldo.
  • Another imported runner scored in 2013 with Seville. The Robert Hickmott-trained horse was $10 in the betting and it took advantage of a relatively weak field. Metropolitans are usually strong races, but this simply wasn’t a strong year.
  • Glencadam Gold was an Irish import for Gai Waterhouse which loved to roll along in front. It cruised to victory by 3.8 lengths over Kelinni and stablemate Reuben Percival. It was heavily backed at $1.85 and it would later be well backed to win the Caulfield Cup, but again the field wasn’t strong and carrying only 53kg made it even easier.
  • The Verminator was one of seven consecutive imported winners and it didn’t have everything go its way. The Chris Waller-trained gelding was drawn barrier 16 and was forced to race three wide. Jockey Craig Newitt pushed forward and it kicked very nicely to win by 2.8 lengths over Hawk Island. It carried only 52kg in the 17-horse field showing that the lightweights are good to bet on.

  • Previous The Metropolitan winners

    The Metropolitan Past Winners
    Year Horse Jockey Trainer
    2021 Montefilia Hugh Bowman David Payne
    2020 Mirage Dancer Nash Rawiller Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    2019 Come Play With Me Brenton Avdulla Chris Waller
    2018 Patrick Erin Corey Brown Chris Waller
    2017 Foundry Michael Dee Robert Hickmott
    2016 Sir John Hawkwood Blake Spriggs John Thompson
    2015 Magic Hurricane James McDonald John O’Shea
    2014 Opinion Tye Angland Chris Waller
    2013 Seville Hugh Bowman Robert Hickmott
    2012 Glencadam Gold Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
    2011 The Verminator Craig Newitt Chris Waller
    2010 Herculian Prince Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
    2009 Speed Gifted Corey Brown Lee Freedman
    2008 Newport Peter Wells Paul Perry
    2007 Race Not Held
    2006 Tawqeet Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
    2005 Railings Darren Beadman John Hawkes
    2004 County Tyrone Corey Brown Kris Lees
    2003 Bedouin Glen Boss John O’Shea
    2002 Victory Smile Danny Beasley Donna Logan
    2001 Dress Circle Lenny Beasley Gai Waterhouse
    2000 Coco Cabanna Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse

    The Metropolitan Past Winners Pre 2000

    The Metropolitan Past Winners Pre 2000
    Year Horse
    1999 Vita Man
    1998 In Joyment
    1997 Heart Ruler
    1996 Hula Flight
    1995 Electronic
    1994 Glastonbury
    1993 Zamination
    1992 Te Akau Nick
    1991 Lord Revenir
    1990 Donegal Mist
    1989 Hunter
    1988 Natski
    1987 Balciano
    1986 Born To Be Queen
    1985 Spritely Native
    1984 Hayai
    1983 Hayai
    1982 Nicholas John
    1981 Belmura Lad
    1980 Brindisi
    1979 Earthquake McGoon
    1978 Ming Dynasty
    1977 Sir Serene
    1976 Battle Heights
    1975 Bon Teint
    1974 Passetreul
    1973 Analie
    1972 Altai Khan
    1971 Oncidon
    1970 Tails
    1969 Tails
    1968 Wiedersehen
    1967 Gene
    1966 Duo
    1965 Striking Force
    1964 Piper’s Son
    1963 Galerus
    1962 The Dip
    1961 Waipari
    1960 Red Wind
    1959 Macdougal
    1958 Monte Carlo
    1957 Straight Draw
    1956 Redcraze
    1955 Beaupa
    1954 Commodore
    1953 Carioca
    1952 Dalray
    1951 Delta
    1950 Conductor
    1949 Count Cyrano
    1948 Buonarroti Boy
    1947 Murray Stream
    1946 Cordale
    1945 Murray Stream
    1944 Nightbeam
    1943 Main Topic
    1942 Grand Fils
    1941 Dashing Cavalier
    1940 Beau Vite
    1939 Feminist
    1938 Royal Chief
    1937 Sir Regent
    1936 Young Crusader
    1935 Oro
    1934 Waikare
    1933 Regal Son
    1932 Denis Boy
    1931 Strength
    1930 Cragford
    1929 Loquacious
    1928 Jocelyn
    1927 Murillo
    1926 Star Stranger
    1925 Bard Of Avon
    1924 Polycletan
    1923 Sir Andrew
    1922 Speciality
    1921 Laddie Blue
    1920 Pershore
    1919 Rebus
    1918 Kennaquhair
    1917 Cagou
    1916 Quinologist
    1915 St. Carwyne
    1914 St. Spasa
    1913 Cagou
    1912 Duke Foote
    1911 Malt King
    1910 Eric
    1909 Maltine
    1908 Mooltan
    1907 Mooltan
    1906 Solution
    1905 Maniapoto
    1904 Alias
    1903 Marvel Loch
    1902 Queen Of Sheba
    1901 San Fran
    1900 Reviver
    1899 Cremona
    1898 Cravat
    1897 Survivor
    1896 The Skipper
    1895 Nobleman
    1894 Projectile
    1893 Paris
    1892 Althotas
    1891 Yowi
    1890 Little Bernie
    1889 Abercorn
    1888 Lamond
    1887 Cardigan
    1886 The Bohemian
    1885 Acolyte
    1884 Sir Modred
    1883 The Gem
    1882 Masquerade
    1881 Hesperian
    1880 The Pontiff
    1879 Secundus
    1878 Democrat
    1877 Amendment
    1876 Nemesis
    1875 Goldsbrough
    1874 Sterling
    1873 Horatio
    1872 Dagworth
    1871 Rosebud
    1870 Croydon
    1869 Circassian
    1868 The Barb
    1967 Tim Whiffler
    1866 Bylong
    1865 Volunteer
    1864 Tarragon
    1863 Regno
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    5 months ago

    There are no specific dates for these meetings, just the year. The Metrop is a very important leadup race for Sydney horses into the VRC Spring Carnival, but with no dates how can one accurately assess different training for different horses, trainers, etc?