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.
Incredible day for @cwallerracing. 4x Group 1's on the same day.
— 7HorseRacing ? (@7horseracing) October 5, 2019
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
|1||Mustajeer (5)J: Hugh Bowman 58kg T: K A Lees||$51.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
|2||Mugatoo (7)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 57kg T: K A Lees||$3.60||$1.65||Bet Now|
|3||Mirage Dancer (3)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young||$15.00||$4.50||Bet Now|
|4||Wu Gok (13)J: Sam Clipperton 55kg T: C J Waller||$41.00||$9.00||Bet Now|
|5||Raheen House (12)J: Jason Collett 54.5kg T: K A Lees||$51.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
|6||Etah James (6)J: Regan Bayliss 53.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$67.00||$17.00||Bet Now|
|7||Shared Ambition (19)J: James Mcdonald 53.5kg T: C J Waller||$7.00||$2.50||Bet Now|
|8||Brimham Rocks (16)J: Brenton Avdulla 53.5kg T: C J Waller||$9.00||$3.00||Bet Now|
|9||Hush Writer (2)J: Tim Clark 53kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott||$9.50||$3.10||Bet Now|
|10||Lord Belvedere (10)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 52.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$13.00||$4.00||Bet Now|
|11||Carif (9)J: Robbie Dolan 52.5kg T: P & P Snowden||$51.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
|12||Rondinella (15)J: Ms Rachel King 51.5kg T: J A O’shea||$17.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|13||Angel Of Truth (11)J: Tommy Berry 51.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes||$26.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|14||Azuro (21)J: Ms Louise Day 51.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$201.00||$31.00||Bet Now|
|15||Paths Of Glory (17)J: Unknown 50.5kg T: R & M Freedman||$34.00||$8.00||Bet Now|
|16||Girl Tuesday (22)J: Glen Boss 50kg T: C E Conners||$21.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|17||Miss Sentimental (18)J: Ms Jess Taylor 50kg T: C J Waller||$201.00||$31.00||Bet Now|
|18||Zebrowski (4)J: James Innes Jnr 50kg T: M, W & J Hawkes||$10.00||$3.30||Bet Now|
|19||Norway (20)J: Ms Alysha Collett 50.5kg T: C J Waller||$81.00||$18.00||Bet Now|
|20||Attention Run (1)J: Andrew Gibbons 50kg T: K A Lees||$26.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|21||Sir Charles Road (8)J: Unknown 51kg T: L O’sullivan & A Scott||$91.00||$21.00||Bet Now|
|22||Grey Lion (14)J: Unknown 50kg T: Matthew Smith||$51.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
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
|1||Come Play With Me||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||$8.50|
|2||Gallic Chieftain||Archie Alexander||Tommy Berry||$18|
|3||Sir Charles Road||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Andrew Adkins||$31|
|4||Stampede||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||$5.50|
|5||Big Duke||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||$13|
|6||Patrick Erin||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||$101|
|7||Attention Run||Kris Lees||Andrew Gibbons||$17|
|8||Hush Writer||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||$10|
|9||Brimham Rocks||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||$5.50|
|10||Grey Lion||Matthew Smith||Ben Allen||$26|
|11||Wu Gok||Chris Waller||James McDonald||$21|
|12||Scarlet Dream||Mark Newnham||Robbie Dolan||$10|
|13||Neufbosc||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Nash Rawiller||$11|
|14||Shraaoh||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||$18|
THE METROPOLITAN HANDICAP WINNERS
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