The Metropolitan is a quality handicap race that takes center stage at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The Group 1 event is held each year in October and is part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that will kick off in August. The Metropolitan is worth a remarkable $400,000 in prize money and is run under a relatively longer distance of 2400M. The race is seen by many horse trainers and owners as one of the best long distance Group 1 Events in the Spring Carnival and in 2013, the Metropolitan showcased brilliant and competitive racing.
Seville did exceptionally well to claim the 2013 title with Julieanas and Sneak A Peek coming through strongly in second and third respectively. The Metropolitan race features on the same day as the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, The Spring Champion Stakes and The Flight Stakes. In recent years the event has managed to assemble above average and talented horses and quite often, quality and top class horses that feature in the event always emerge winners.
The best progression race for The Metropolitan is actually the Caulfield Cup that comes later in the Melbourne Spring and even though not many horses have managed The Metropolitan and Caulfield Cup double, Railing in 2001 did well to register victories in these two events in breathtaking fashion. The Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes is a nice lead up race for the Metropolitan and in addition to this, horses looking to do well in the event can also consider running in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality that comes a week earlier and run under pretty much the same conditions.
In the last two decades numerous horses have managed an easy claim to The Metropolitan and the Colin Stephen Quality Double. Some of the notable horses to record this success include Railings back in 2005, Hula Flight in 1996, and the Dress Circle in 2001. The Metropolitan is expected to generate thrilling racing this year and is dubbed as one of the most anticipated Group 1 races in the Sydney Spring Carnival.
The Metropolitan recent winners & placegetters
|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 LaurenaUnder Orders||2:42.3|