The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $750,000
Distance: 2,400m

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 and past runners 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 worth while.

2017 Metropolitan result


1stPatrick Erin ($15.10)
2ndBrimham Rocks ($2.20)
3rdSikandarabad ($7.50)

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

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2018 The Metropolitan betting odds

Birmham Rocks is the Metropolitan favourite following a second to boom Godolphin runner Avilius. Source: Bradley Photos.

After a sharp run in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes Brimham Rocks has been moved to the top of the betting market for The Metropolitan.

The Chris Waller runner is at $5.50 across the board with the online bookmakers, with stablemate Libran on the second line of betting at the $7 quote.

The third Waller runner Carzoff is on the next line at $8 while Big Duke is at $10 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Recent Metropolitan winners

  • 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 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.

The Metropolitan past winners list

The Metropolitan past winners
Year The Metropolitan Past Winner
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