Metropolitan Handicap


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The Metropolitan Handicap is a $750,000 Group 1 race run over 2400m at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The open handicap race is for horses aged three and older and is often used for those looking to compete in the Caulfield Cup. In 2020 it will be run on Saturday, October 3, the same day as the Epsom Handicap and Darley Flight Stakes.

In 2019, the Chris Waller-trained Come Play With Me won The Metropolitan Handicap, with Gallic Chieftain and Sir Charles Road making up the placings less than a length behind. Come Play With Me has somewhat struggled since winning the race, having not placed in a run since.

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Regno won the very first running of The Metropolitan Handicap back in 1863, however back then it was known as the Great Metropolitan Stakes. It went through a few different names but settled on its current name in 1979.

A number of top horses have taken out the great race, including Beau Vite, Delta, Ming Dynasty and Railings. The last runner to complete The Metropolitan and Caulfield Cup double was Tawqeet in 2006.


As with many races, Chris Waller has had great success in The Metropolitan Handicap in recent years. He has trained four of the last nine winners in the race, which includes the most recent two.

Come Play With Me clocked 2:30.61 to win the race in 2019 but the fastest race time in The Metropolitan Handicap over the last 20 years belongs to Foundry. The Robert Hickmontt-trained runner managed a 2:27.73 in 2016 when he won the race.

The Metropolitan Handicap Field

Due to its Group 1 status and the fact it is relatively early in the spring, The Metropolitan Handicap often has a very strong field. As mentioned, it is regularly used as a lead-up race to the Caulfield Cup, so many hopefuls for that race can also be found in The Metropolitan. Nominations for the 2020 edition of the race close on September 28 and final acceptances are on September 30.

2020 Metropolitan Handicap Field, Barriers & Odds

1Mustajeer (5)J: Hugh Bowman 58kg T: K A Lees$51.00$10.00
2Mugatoo (7)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 57kg T: K A Lees$3.60$1.65
3Mirage Dancer (3)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$15.00$4.50
4Wu Gok (13)J: Sam Clipperton 55kg T: C J Waller$41.00$9.00
5Raheen House (12)J: Jason Collett 54.5kg T: K A Lees$51.00$10.00
6Etah James (6)J: Regan Bayliss 53.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$67.00$17.00
7Shared Ambition (19)J: James Mcdonald 53.5kg T: C J Waller$7.00$2.50
8Brimham Rocks (16)J: Brenton Avdulla 53.5kg T: C J Waller$9.00$3.00
9Hush Writer (2)J: Tim Clark 53kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$9.50$3.10
10Lord Belvedere (10)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 52.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$13.00$4.00
11Carif (9)J: Robbie Dolan 52.5kg T: P & P Snowden$51.00$10.00
12Rondinella (15)J: Ms Rachel King 51.5kg T: J A O’shea$17.00$5.00
13Angel Of Truth (11)J: Tommy Berry 51.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$26.00$7.00
14Azuro (21)J: Ms Louise Day 51.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$201.00$31.00
15Paths Of Glory (17)J: Unknown 50.5kg T: R & M Freedman$34.00$8.00
16Girl Tuesday (22)J: Glen Boss 50kg T: C E Conners$21.00$6.00
17Miss Sentimental (18)J: Ms Jess Taylor 50kg T: C J Waller$201.00$31.00
18Zebrowski (4)J: James Innes Jnr 50kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$10.00$3.30
19Norway (20)J: Ms Alysha Collett 50.5kg T: C J Waller$81.00$18.00
20Attention Run (1)J: Andrew Gibbons 50kg T: K A Lees$26.00$7.00
21Sir Charles Road (8)J: Unknown 51kg T: L O’sullivan & A Scott$91.00$21.00
22Grey Lion (14)J: Unknown 50kg T: Matthew Smith$51.00$10.00


The Metropolitan Handicap Betting

The Metropolitan has an interesting betting history over recent years, with punters having mixed fortune. Three of the last five winners of the race have had starting prices of less than $10, however only one of them has been the favourite.

The Metropolitan Handicap Results

1Come Play With MeChris WallerBrenton Avdulla$8.50
2Gallic ChieftainArchie AlexanderTommy Berry$18
3Sir Charles RoadLance O’Sullivan & Andrew ScottAndrew Adkins$31
4StampedeGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottAdam Hyeronimus$5.50
5Big DukeKris LeesJason Collett$13
6Patrick ErinChris WallerGlyn Schofield$101
7Attention RunKris LeesAndrew Gibbons$17
8Hush WriterGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark$10
9Brimham RocksChris WallerKerrin McEvoy$5.50
10Grey LionMatthew SmithBen Allen$26
11Wu GokChris WallerJames McDonald$21
12Scarlet DreamMark NewnhamRobbie Dolan$10
13NeufboscDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigNash Rawiller$11
14ShraaohChris WallerHugh Bowman$18


2020 – Mirage Dancer
2019 – Come Play With Me
2018 – Partick Erin
2017 – Foundry
2016 – Sir John Hawkwood
2015 – Magic Hurricane
2014 – Opinion
2013 – Seville
2012 – Glencadam Gold
2011 – The Verminator
2010 – Herculian Prince