The Metropolitan

The Group 1 The Metropolitan is a mile and a half classic (2400m) contested at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Known under various names, The Metropolitan has been previously run as: Great Metropolitan Stakes, Metropolitan Stakes and the Metropolitan Handicap. It has held Group 1 status since 1979.

This race can be a good lead in to the Caulfield Cup, with some horses taking the double last decade. Both races are 2,400 metres and open to horses three years old or over, though they are run in opposite directions. Tawqeet (2006) and Railings (2005) are the most recent winners of The Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup double. 

The Metropolitan 2020 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Class: Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and older
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $750,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1863
  • 2020 The Metropolitan Winner: Mirage Dancer

the metropolitan 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 The Metropolitan results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 3, 2020.

  1. #3 Mirage Dancer
  2. #2 Mugatoo
  3. #13 Angel Of Truth

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Mirage Dancer ($10) fought deep late to nudge out the favourite Mugatoo ($3) in the 2020 The Metropolitan results on way to the $5 million Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 3 55.5kg $10
2 2 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 7 57kg 1.0kg $3F
3 13 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0.4L 10 51.5kg (cd 52.5kg) $19
4 9 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.9L 2 53kg $5.50
5 15 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Kathy O’Hara 4L 14 50.5kg $18
6 18 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 4L 4 50kg $7
7 16 GIRL TUESDAY Clarry Conners Glen Boss 4.2L 18 50kg (cd 52kg) $31
8 8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.3L 13 53.5kg $14
9 1 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4.4L 5 58kg $61
10 12 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 4.8L 12 51.5kg $21
11 11 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 6L 9 52.5kg $31
12 4 WU GOK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 7.1L 11 55kg $51
13 6 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 8.7L 6 53.5kg $51
14 14 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day (a) 9L 17 51.5kg $301
15 21e SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Brock Ryan (a) 10.3L 8 51kg $101
16 19e NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 10.9L 16 50.5kg $101
17 17 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 11.1L 15 50kg $301
18 20e ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 13.6L 1 50kg $31
SCRATCHED 22e GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 0
SCRATCHED 7 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 0
SCRATCHED 5 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
SCRATCHED 10 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Kathy O’Hara 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Metropolitan 2020 Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s The Metropolitan
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Metropolitan. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in The Metropolitan, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within The Metropolitan, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Metropolitan to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Metropolitan to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Metropolitan to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from The Metropolitan, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Metropolitan In 2020

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  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

The Metropolitan Field (Horses)

The official The Metropolitan 2020 field is released on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below. The Metropolitan field capacity is for 18 starters. 

The 2020 The Metropolitan final field of acceptances features a capacity line-up of stayers led in betting by the flying Kris Lees-trained Newcastle Cup winner Mugatoo chasing a fourth win on the trot this preparation.

Scratchings Update: #7 Shared Ambition (19) and #10 Lord Belvedere (10) have been scratched from Sydney’s The Metropolitan field in favour of a Melbourne run on the same day in Flemington’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2510m). #5 Raheen House (12) and the fourth emergency #22e Grey Lion (14) have also come out of the field.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 60x1225x00 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 5 58kg 109
2 x11126x111 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg 1.0kg 110
3 0x03643x74 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 3 55.5kg 107
4 730x117x67 WU GOK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 13 55kg 106
5 60x6613x50 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12 54.5kg 105
6 746416341x ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 6 53.5kg 107
7 1x3103x092 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 19 53.5kg 104
8 02x7691x83 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 16 53.5kg 103
9 16x7000x32 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 53kg 102
10 141x7811x1 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 52.5kg 101
11 2x0352x678 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 9 52.5kg 99
12 28x376x695 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 15 51.5kg 103
13 895756×259 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 51.5kg 52.5kg 98
14 5313770×70 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day (a) 21 51.5kg 97
15 1123×00114 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Kathy O’Hara (late alt) 17 50.5kg 97
16 7×08787256 GIRL TUESDAY Clarry Conners Glen Boss 22 50kg 52kg 98
17 0504150×00 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 18 50kg 98
18 6x1122x804 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 4 50kg 97
19e 31x7836x05 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 20 50.5kg 96
20e x507x19253 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 1 50kg 96
21e 533499×000 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 8 51kg 96
22e 0880×08303 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith 14 50kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Metropolitan 2020 Odds

Early market odds on The Metropolitan will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds,  you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of The Metropolitan here. 

The Metropolitan 2020 Tips

Favourite: # Mugatoo ($2.80 at time of publish) –

Best Bet: #9 Hush Writer ($9 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #15 Paths Of Glory ($26 at time of publish)

Our exclusive The Metropolitan 2020 betting tips and selections will be updated right here the week of the race and a full tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.

The Metropolitan Nominations

Closing time for nominations is 11 AM on Monday the 28th of September, 2020.

The Metropolitan Weights

The race is run with a handicap. The lowest handicap weight is 50 kgs, with three year olds allowed to run at a minimum of 48 kgs. Final weights will be declared by 4 PM, Tuesday the 29th of September, 2020. The official The Metropolitan weights will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

2020 The Metropolitan Top Weight: 

  • #1 Mustajeer (58kg) 

The Metropolitan Acceptances

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday, the 30th of September, 2020. The official The Metropolitan acceptances will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan Riders

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 30th of September, 2020. The official The Metropolitan jockeys will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 3rd of October, 2020. Officially known as Epsom Handicap Day, the meeting features three Group 1 events with The Metropolitan joined on the card by the: 

The Metropolitan Scratchings

Final scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 3rd of October, 2020. 

2020 The Metropolitan Scratchings: 

  • #5 Raheen House (12)
  • #7 Shared Ambition (19)
  • #10 Lord Belvedere (10)
  • #22e Grey Lion (14)

The Metropolitan Race Number

The Metropolitan 2020 is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEST) on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 3, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Royal Randwick.

The Metropolitan 2020 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s The Metropolitan has been released.

The Metropolitan Winners (Past Results)

Year Winner Jockey Weight (kg) Time
2020 Mirage Dancer N. Rawiller 55.5 2:27.52
2019 Come Play With Me B. Avdulla 54 2:30.61
2018 Patrick Erin  C. Brown 51 2:29.61
2017 Foundry M. J DEE 50.5 2:27.73
2016 Sir John Hawkwood B. Spriggs 54 2:30.47
2015 Magic Hurricane J. B McDonald 55.5 2:28.52
2014 Opinion T. Angland 56 2:26.51
2013 Seville H. Bowman 55.5 2:32.07
2012 Glencadam Gold T. Berry 53 2:29.71
2011 The Verminator C. Newitt 52 2:33.46
2010 Herculian Prince N. Rawiller 55.5 2:29.95
2009 Speed Gifted C. Brown 53 2:35.18
2008 Newport P. Wells 52 2:33.06
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Tawqeet D. Dunn 54 2:31.10
2005 Railings D. Beadman 53.5 2:28.49
2004 County Tyrone C. Brown 56.5 2:33.62
2003 Bedouin G. Boss 54 2:34.41
2002 Victory Smile D. Beasley 52 2:31.30
2001 Dress Circle L. Beasley 51 2:29.38
2000 Coco Cobanna C. Munce 52 2:44.33
1999 Vita Man B. York 55 2:48.41
1998 In Joyment L. Cassidy 52 2:45.71
1997 Heart Ruler J. Cassidy 52 2:41.55
1996 Hula Flight C. Munce 50 2:44.38
1995 Electronic G. Boss 52 2:42.54
1994 Glastonbury G. Cooksley 52 2:41.64
1993 Zamination J. Cassidy 51.5 2:49.00
1992 Te Akau Nick L. Dittman 52 2:44.10
1991 Lord Revenir G. Cooksley 53.5 2:41.10
1990 Donegal Mist G. Cooksley 51.5 2:44.00
1989 Hunter J. Cassidy 52.5 2:42.80
1988 Natski L. Dittman 53 2:41.80
1987 Balciano P. Cook 50.5 2:40.80
1986 Born To Be Queen R. Quinton 50.5 2:42.20
1985 Spritely Native J. Cassidy 50.5 2:44.20
1984 Hayai R. Quinton 57.5 2:43.00
1983 Hayai N. Voigt 52.5 2:27.80
1982 Nicholas John P. Cook 49.5 2:42.50
1981 Belmura Lad L. Olsen 55 2:42.30
1980 Brindisi R. Selkrig 50.5 2:42.00
1979 Earthquake McGoon G. Willetts 51 2:42.00
1978 Ming Dynasty K. Langby 59.5 2:45.20
1977 Sir Serene P. Cook 49 2:41.10
1976 Battle Heights R. Lang 56.5 2:46.90
1975 Bon Teint K. Langby 47.5 2:43.70
1974 Passetreul R. Higgins 55.5 2:43.30
1973 Analie K. Langby 54.5 2:42.70
1972 Altai Khan R. Mallyon 50 2:46.30
1971 Oncidon K. Langby 7 5 2:43.10
1970 Tails H. Cope 8 13 2:45.00
1969 Tails N. Voigt 8 0 2:45.40
1968 Wiedersehen S. Spinks 8 0 2:42.80
1967 General Command G. Podmore 8 2 2:41.20
1966 Duo G. Podmore 7 10 2:45.70
1965 Striking Force K. Langby 8 7 2:41.80
1964 Piper’s Son D. Lake 7 13 2:44.80
1963 Galerus A. Mulley 8 2 2:41.90
1962 The Dip W.A. Smith 7 3 2:42.70
1961 Waipari T. Hill 8 10 2:42.50
1960 Red Wind H. Cope 7 0 2:46.30
1959 Macdougal R. Hutchinson 8 6 2:45.80
1958 Monte Carlo N. Sellwood 9 3 2:42.50
1957 Straight Draw N. McGrowdie 7 13 2:43.50
1956 Redcraze A. Ward 9 8 2:42.70
1955 Beaupa G. Podmore 7 11 2:43.80
1954 Commodore S. Cassidy 7 5 2:42.25
1953 Carioca W. Cook 9 7 2:43.50
1952 Dalray K. Nuttall 9 1 3:02.50
1951 Delta N. Sellwood 9 5 2:44.50
1950 Conductor A. Thompson 7 11 2:48.75
1949 Count Cyrano W. Cook 7 9 2:49.00
1948 Buonarroti Boy E. Doon 7 10 2:46.75
1947 Murray Stream J. Eaves 8 6 2:45.75
1946 Cordale G. Moore 8 7 2:44.00
1945 Murray Stream N. McGrowdie 7 6 2:45.50
1944 Nightbeam N. McGrowdie 7 2 2:43.50
1943 Main Topic E. Bartle 8 13 2:41.50
1942 Grand Fils E.T. Ross 7 12 2:45.50
1941 Dashing Cavalier F. Shean 9 0 2:41.50
1940 Beau Vite E. McMenamin 9 4 2:42.00
1939 Feminist W. Cook 7 11 2:48.75
1938 Royal Chief E. Bartle 8 13 2:42.75
1937 Sir Regent J. O’Sullivan 7 2 2:45.75
1936 Young Crusader J. Duncan 6 11 2:43.25
1935 Oro J. Pratt 8 9 2:46.25
1934 Waikare J. Pratt 8 1 2:49.75
1933 Regal Son J. O’Sullivan 7 6 2:54.50
1932 Denis Boy M. McCarten 8 6 2:44.75
1931 Strength E. Bartle 8 0 2:45.50
1930 Cragford A. Breasley 7 5 2:43.00