Prominent owner Lloyd Williams’ horses dominate the top of the weights for the Group 1 $400,000 McGrath Estate Agents The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 5 when they were released today for the one hundred and two entries.
Williams has six of the top twelve weighted horses with high profile import Sea Moon and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon sharing the top weight with 59kg.
Last season’s Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Mourayan has been asked to carry 57kg while Group 1 English St Leger Stakes winner Masked Marvel has been given 56.5kg.
Williams’ other runners in the top division are tough stayer Tanby on 55.5kg and English import Seville on 55kg.
Chris Waller’s giant killing Group 1 winner Foreteller heads the premiership winning trainer’s contingent with 58kg followed by Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up and Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur on 57kg.
Other Waller trained horses are Kelinni and Moriarty on 56kg and Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent on 52.5kg, the only mare to be weighted above the minimum of 52kg.
Last year’s Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold is the highest weighted entrant from the Gai Waterhouse stable on 55.5kg with Julienas her only other one above the minimum on 54.5kg.
Italian import Sneak A Peek is the highest weighted of the Peter Moody noms with 54kg and last start upset winner Ibicenco has received 53kg while French import Kesampour is half a kilo above the minimum on 52.5kg.
Chris Waller’s horses head The Metropolitan market order, taking up the top six spots in the betting with Moriarty the top pick at $9 just in front of Beaten Up at $11, Bayrir at $12 alongside of Foreteller and Hawkspur then followed by Royal Descent at $13.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Ecuador is the best of the rest at $14, and indicated that he was on the improve with a last start 3 lengths win over 1800m at Rosehill last Saturday.