The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, November 02, 2019
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1 Million
Distance: 1,600m

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

The Metro 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.

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.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table


2020 The Metropolitan betting odds

It looks a one act affair in the 2020 edition of The Metropolitan with Newcastle Cup winner Mugatoo coming up a $2.80 favourite, and based on his campaign to date it is easy to see why. Three starts for three wins is nothing to shy away from and if he brings that form to The Metropolitan he looks hard to beat. The only other gallopers in single figures are Hush Writer ($7.00) for the Waterhouse and Bott team and Brimham Rocks ($8.50) for Chris Waller. It genuinely looks Mugatoo’s race to lose.

The Metropolitan betting guide and statistics

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 10 years (Magic Hurricane, Glencadam Gold) and there has been two double-figure winners with Opinion ($12) and The Verminator $20. Six of the last 10 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.

2019 Metropolitan result

1stCome Play With Me ($8.50)
2ndGallic Chieftain ($4.40)
3rdSir Charles Road ($7.00)

Recent Metropolitan winners

  • 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 placegetter 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.

    The Metropolitan past winners list

    The Metropolitan past winners
    Year The Metropolitan Past Winner
    2019 Come Play With Me
    2018 Patrick Erin
    2017 Foundry
    2016 Sir John Hawkwood
    2015 Magic Hurricane
    2014 Opinion
    2013 Seville
    2012 Glencadam Gold
    2011 The Verminator
    2010 Herculian Prince
    2009 Speed Gifted
    2008 Newport
    2007 Race Not Held
    2006 Tawqeet
    2005 Railings
    2004 County Tyrone
    2003 Bedouin
    2002 Victory Smile
    2001 Dress Circle
    2000 Coco Cobanna
    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