The Metropolitan

  • Date: Saturday 1 October, 2016
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 2,400m
  • Conditions: 3YO & Up Handicap
  • Prize Money: $750,000

2016 The Metropolitan News

Sir John Hawkwood Tracking Well Towards Melbourne Cup

Sir John Hawkwood Tracking Well Towards Melbourne Cup

Trainer John Thompson is pleased with the condition of Group 1 winner Sir John Hawkwood as he continues to work towards the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday.

The Metropolitan winner Sir John Hawkwood is continuing to work well in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Sir John Hawkwood has …

The 2016 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.

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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).

2015 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 2015 Metropolitan Handicap field is released, it will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x90324x652 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 111
2 314x797x33 STORM THE STARS (USA) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 55.5kg 108
3 x08533x726 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 54.5kg 106
4 1x7966x534 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 3 54.5kg 106
5 212x1322x2 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 6 54kg 105
6 0463823532 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 10 53.5kg 104
7 16113×8821 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 53kg 103
8 1122×61531 ALLERGIC John O’Shea Michael Dee (a) 2 51.5kg 100
9 89×5676414 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 13 51kg 96
10 9x603D1665 AMEXED (NZ) Tony Gollan Johan Victoire 11 51kg 93
11 46x3269x22 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kerrin McEvoy 7 51kg 92
12 146×51111 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5 51kg 78
13 1399550690 QUARTERMASTER Paul Perry Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 51kg 63

2016 Metropolitan Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2016 Metropolitan nominations were released alongside those for the Epsom Handicap and Spring Champion Stakes. The 2016 Metropolitan nominations are likely to include a number of standout performers. 2016 The Metropolitan nominations will be listed below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 16113×8821 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 1 52kg 103
2 4650x5x211 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 2 58.5kg 116
3 230x5501x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 3 57.5kg 114
4 x90324x652 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 4 56kg 111
5 314x797x33 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 5= 54.5kg 108
6 1x4214x808 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 5= 54.5kg 108
7 47204x77x5 SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 7 54kg 107
8 x08533x726 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 8= 53.5kg 106
9 1x7966x534 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 8= 53.5kg 106
10 212x1322x2 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 10 53kg 105
11 0463823532 JUNOOB (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 11 52.5kg 104
12 1122×61531 ALLERGIC G 5 John O’Shea 12 50.5kg 100
13 1x221x6651 ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 13 50.5kg 98
14 171x110x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 14 50kg 97
15 89×5676414 SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees 15 50kg 96
16 9x603D1665 AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan 16= 50kg 93
17 x0071x0700 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 16= 50kg 93
18 46x3269x22 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 18 50kg 92
19 x2x1145x52 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 19 50kg 80
20 146×51111 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 20= 50kg 78
21 0x81642x47 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 20= 50kg 78
22 0x406x4635 AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 22 50kg 76
23 1x0x009159 AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 23 50kg 74
24 14141×9949 LORD DISICK G 5 Michael Moroney 24 50kg 72
25 1399550690 QUARTERMASTER G 6 Paul Perry 25 50kg 63
26 6735×42618 RED LAGO G 5 Clarry Conners 26 50kg 62

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
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
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