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The 2017 The Metropolitan is a Group 1 race that is held as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival in early October each year at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Run over a stayer’s distance of 2,400 metres, The Metropolitan is worth $750,000 in prize money. The Metropolitan is run under handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three-years-old and upwards. The Metropolitan is run on Epsom Handicap Day with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and Group 1 Flight Stakes.

The first The Metropolitan was run in 1867 when it was won by a horse called Tim Whiffler. It first began as a Principal race and was run over a distance of 16 furlongs (3200m) until the distance was decreased to 12 furlongs (2400m) in 1892. In 1920 The Metropolitan was increased to 13 furlongs (2600m) until 2001 when the race was decreased in length by 200 metres to today’s 2,400 metres. The Metropolitan was officially given its Group 1 status in 1979. The race was not run in 2007 due to an outbreak of Equine Influenza.

The most successful jockey to compete in The Metropolitan was K. Langby, who won the race five times on five different horses in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These horses include Striking Force (1965), Oncidon (1971), Analie (1973), Bon Teint (1975) and Ming Dynasty (1978). The race record was set by Hayai, who won The Metropolitan in a time of 2 minutes and 27.8 seconds in 1983.

Other notable horses to have won The Metropolitan include Kennaquhair (1918), Dashing Cavalier (1941), Delta (1951), Redcraze (1956), Monte Carlo (1958), Belmura Lad (1981), Natski (1988), Zamination (1993), Railings (2005), Newport (2008), Speed Gifted (2009) and Herculian Prince (2010).

2017 Metropolitan Handicap Field

The Metropolitan Handicap field famously attracts some of the best stayers in the business. The Metropolitan Handicap field is usually comprised of proven group winners, and as the only 2400m race in Sydney on the day it attracts a considerable number of nominations. When the 2017 Metropolitan Handicap field is released, it will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x8746Px61 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 57kg 108
2 55x3642x94 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 57kg 108
3 31×9763415 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jason Collett 7 55.5kg 105
4 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott 12 55kg 104
5 121113×550 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 6 55kg 104
6 2x1240x542 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4 54.5kg 103
7 1x37301x37 CHOCANTE (NZ) Stephen Marsh Corey Brown 1 54.5kg 103
8 x65123x813 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 52kg 98
9 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 51kg 96
10 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 8 50.5kg 95
11 213×009435 LORESHO (FR) Darren Weir 10 50kg 92
12 0250942213 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) Brian Smith Andrew Spinks 5 50kg 88

2017 Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2017 Metropolitan nominations were released alongside those for the Epsom Handicap and Spring Champion Stakes. The 2017 Metropolitan nominations are likely to include a number of standout performers. 2017 The Metropolitan nominations will be listed below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 31214×4233 ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 80
2 5543321×80 ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 106
3 x7x39x12x1 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
4 12634×5411 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 78
5 11x4214x83 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir
6 x0x0D71x00 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott
7 11x354965x ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
8 12x1240x54 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
9 15x0x010x5 ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Darren Weir
10 x9210x71x0 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott
11 80×5008641 AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 92
12 21121113×5 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir
13 0x11x330x9 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
14 11516510×3 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 31x65123x8 BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 87
16 2×89141355 CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 21x37301x3 CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 103
18 122×232521 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
19 3144×80222 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 98
20 65225223×5 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
21 x1x1x21x32 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
22 x228x8x017 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
23 131×976341 DESTINY’S KISS G 9 Joseph Pride
24 x4621x30x4 DOUKHAN (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 75
25 12210×6791 EMBLEY G 6 Bjorn Baker 86
26 x9065227x3 ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings 90
27 100×402611 EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon
28 0184260×50 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 14112132×7 FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
30 0x533x0x03 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 9x830x33x2 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott
32 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 107
33 x820x076x0 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani
34 x80x621x02 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir
35 x00x4131x5 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
36 2384x386x5 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
37 62x34340x4 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 212652×577 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 89
39 2x9x173511 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir
40 6x1164x362 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
41 41x75459x7 KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 97
42 12x8746Px6 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 107
43 841x122x25 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 92
44 79520449×0 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir
45 1213×00943 LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir
46 244×306321 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir
47 9028x337x7 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 101
48 5624x128x1 MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley
49 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
50 x025094221 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 7 Brian Smith
51 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 96
52 186×315111 PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir
53 114x4197x8 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir
54 6748x111x7 ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 70
55 41231x2x2 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
56 0x12121123 SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller
57 4282x060x0 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
58 353324658x SHALMANESER G 7 Richard Litt 78
59 x227x090x5 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees
60 231 SOCIAL ELEMENT (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 64
61 11x212411x STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
62 7405142142 SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy
63 3x37710x24 TALLY G 5 James Cummings
64 61x00x518x TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 110
65 5744023412 THE GETAWAY G 4 Paul Perry
66 522x0121x6 TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy
67 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
68 5241x32x11 UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 78
69 2482x542x9 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
70 601121x5x7 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
71 1135754182 WAHNG WAH M 5 Kris Lees 78
72 255x3642x9 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 108
73 2168×21131 YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir

Many talented horses have won The Metropolitan throughout its long history and below you will find a list of past winners and results since 2000.

The Metropolitan Past Winners & Results

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Foundry 2 Big Duke 3 Chocante 2:27.7
2016 1 Sir John Hawkwood 2 Antonio Giuseppe 3 Allergic 2:27.4
2015 1 Magic Hurricane 2 Beaten Up 3 Havana Cooler 2:28.5
2014 1 Junoob 2 Opinion 3 Araldo 2:26.5
2013 1 Seville 2 Julienas 3 Sneak A Peek 2:32.1
2012 1 Glencadam Gold 2 Kelinni 3 Reuben Percival 2:29.7
2011 1 The Verminator 2 Hawk Island 3 Lamasery 2:33.4
2010 1 Herculian Prince 2 Mourayan 3 No Wine No Song 2:29.9
2009 1 Speed Gifted 2 Lodge The Deeds 3 Fiumicino 2:35.1
2008 1 Newport 2 Bianca 3 Get Up Jude 2:33.0
2007 Race Not Run
2006 1 Tawqeet 2 Activation 3 Vanquished 2:31.1
2005 1 Railings 2 Run Rita Run 3 Men At Work 2:28.5
2004 1 County Tyrone 2 Itemise 3 Don Raphael 2:33.6
2003 1 Bedouin 2 Daneborogh 3 Bodie 2:34.4
2002 1 Victory Smile 2 Piachay 3 Dress Circle 2:31.3
2001 1 Dress Circle 2 Danyon 3 Homewrecker 2:29.4
2000 1 Coco Cobanna 2 Pasta Express 3 Citra’s Prince 2:44.3

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