The Metropolitan is a Group 1 handicap event held annually in early October at Randwick racecourse during the Sydney spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $750,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 The Metropolitan was won by Foundry from Big Duke with Chocante third.
|Date:||Saturday 30th September 2017|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||3yo&up Handicap|
The Metropolitan is the premier staying event of the ATC spring racing carnival at Randwick and is run run under much the same conditions as the Gr1 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne later in the spring.
The race is more often than not won by a solid handicapper rather than a top galloper and the list of winners in this race has been quite diverse. In recent years, Tawqueet (2006) and Railings (2005) both travelled to Melbourne and won the first leg of the major spring double in Melbourne, the Caulfield Cup over 2400m, while Kelinni (2nd in 2012) managed to clam the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes at Flemington dorung the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
The Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes at Rosehill the previous month is a handy lead in to this race, but the Gr3 Colin Stephen Quality held one week earlier at the same course and distance has been the best guide in recent times.
Railings (2005), Dress Circle (2001), Coco Cobana (2000), Vita Man (1999), In Joyment (1998), Heart Ruler (1997), and Hula Flight (1996) all won the Colin Stephen Quality then went on to win The Metropolitan.
County Tyrone (2004) ran 3rd in the Newcastle Gold Cup over a similar distance of 2300m before winning this race, while Lodge The Deeds (2nd in 2009) ran second in both races in the spring of 2009.
Foundry (2017) ran fourth in a Handicap race over 2040m at Moonee valley in Melbourne before heading to Sydney to win this event and recent The Metropolitan winners include Sir John Hawkwood (2016) and Magic Hurricane (2015).
1. $10.00 Foundry 50.5 Michael Dee
2. $5.00 Big Duke 55.0 Brenton Avdulla
3. $21.00 Chocante 54.5 Corey Brown
4. $16.00 Who Shot Thebarman 57.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $6.50 Broadside 52.0 Tim Clark
6. $8.50 Libran 57.0 Glyn Schofield
7. $6.50 Antonio Giuseppe 54.5 Joao Moreira
8. $91.00 My Diamantine 50.0 Andrew Spinks
9. $4.20 Life Less Ordinary 51.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $41.00 Destiny's Kiss 55.5 Jason Collett
Margins: 0.5 len, 1.3 len
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|2016||Sir John Hawkwood||Antonio Giuseppe||Allergic||2:30.4|
|2015||Magic Hurricane||Beaten Up||Havana Cooler||2:28.5|
|2013||Seville||Julienas||Sneak A Peek||2:32.0|
|2012||Glencadam Gold||Kelinni||Reuben Percival||2:29.7|
|2011||The Verminator||Hawk Island||Lamasery||2:33.4|
|2010||Herculian Prince||Mourayan||No Wine No Song||2:29.9|
|2009||Speed Gifted||Lodge The Deeds||Fiumicino||2:35.1|
|2008||Newport||Bianca||Get Up Jude||2:33.0|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2005||Railings||Run Rita Run||Men At Work||2:28.5|
|2004||County Tyrone||Itemise||Don Raphael||2:33.6|
|2002||Victory Smile||Piachay||Dress Circle||2:31.3|
|2000||Coco Cobanna||Pasta Express||Citra's Prince||2:44.3|
|1999||Vita Man||Able Master||Ask The Waiter||2:48.4|
|1998||In Joyment||Doriemus||Joss Sticks||2:45.7|
|1997||Heart Ruler||Linesman||Court Of Honour||2:41.6|
|1996||Hula Flight||Nothin' Leica Dane||Saintly||2:44.4|
|1995||Electronic||The Phantom Chance||Stony Bay||2:42.5|
|1992||Te Akau Nick||Sir Winston||Beachside||2:44.1|
|1991||Lord Revenir||Maharajah||Magnolia Hall||2:41.1|
|1990||Donegal Mist||I'm In Heaven||Princeville||2:44.0|
|1986||Born To Be Queen||Indian Raj||Rising Fear||2:42.2|
|1985||Spritely Native||Foxseal||Mr. Mako||2:44.2|
|1982||Nicholas John||Lancelotto||Wellington Road||2:42.5|
|1981||Belmura Lad||Peninsula||El Laurena||2:42.3|
|1979||Earthquake McGoon||Red Nose||Salamander||2:42.0|
|1978||Ming Dynasty||Arwon||Popular Demand||2:45.2|
|1977||Sir Serene||Grey Affair||Clear Day||2:41.1|
|1976||Battle Heights||Participator||Gold And Black||2:46.9|
|1975||Bon Teint||Calypso||Leica Lover||2:43.7|
|1974||Passetreul||Frozen Section||High Sail||2:43.3|
|1972||Altai Khan||Mixed Grill||Passetreul||2:46.3|