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 prize money. The 2019 The Metropolitan was won by Come Play With Me from Gallic Chieftain with Sir Charles Road third.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd October 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||3yo&up Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Come Play With Me|
|The Metropolitan odds|
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 Group 1 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 Hotham Handicap at Flemington dorung the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
The Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes, held 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 of late.
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.
Come Playe With Me (2019) ran sixth in the Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m at Randwick before storming home to win this event on impressive style for the Chris Waller stable.
Recent The Metropolitan winners include Patrick Erin (2018) and Foundry (2017).
1. $8.50 Come Play With Me 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
2. $18.00 Gallic Chieftain 55.5 Tommy Berry
3. $31.00 Sir Charles Road 53.0 Andrew Adkins
4. $5.50 Stampede 54.5 Adam Hyeronimus
5. $13.00 Big Duke 54.0 Jason Collett
6. $101.00 Patrick Erin 54.0 Glyn Schofield
7. $17.00 Attention Run 50.0 Andrew Gibbons
8. $10.00 Hush Writer 52.5 Tim Clark
9. $5.50 Brimham Rocks 52.5 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $26.00 Grey Lion 55.0 Ben Allen
11. $21.00 Wu Gok 54.5 James McDonald
12. $10.00 Scarlet Dream 50.0 Robbie Dolan
13. $11.00 Neufbosc 55.5 Nash Rawiller
14. $18.00 Shraaoh 56.5 Hugh Bowman
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.4 len
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|2019||Come Play With Me||Gallic Chieftain||Sir Charles Road||2:30.6|
|2018||Patrick Erin||Brimham Rocks||Sikandarabad||2:29.6|
|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|