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

The Metropolitan 2020 Betting

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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  1. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  2. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  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 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: TBA.
  • Best Bet: TBA
  • Best Roughie: TBA.

Our exclusive The Metropolitan 2020 betting tips and selections will be updated right here the week of the race.

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. 

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. 

The Metropolitan Race Number

The Metropolitan traditionally runs as Race 8 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 Time
2019 Come Play With Me B. A 51 2:29.61
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