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Looking for early info on this year’s The Metropolitan? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race

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

First contested in 1863, the time-honoured handicap can also serve as a potential lead-up into the iconic Melbourne Cup race over the two-miles at Flemington the first Tuesday of November. Five horses have won The Metropolitan – Melbourne Cup double in the same season, but not since Macdougal way back in 1959.

The Metropolitan is also now one of four lead-up races that offer a $500,000 bonus to any horse that can win it along with the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) run on The Golden Eagle Day in late October.

A nice starting point for potential The Metropolitan runners is the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) run on a Friday in early September and The Verminator (2011) was the last stayer to complete the Wyong Gold Cup – The Metropolitan double.

The Metropolitan 2022 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 1st, 2022
  • 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
  • 2022 The Metropolitan Winner: TBD

the metropolitan 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 The Metropolitan results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 1, 2022.

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The Metropolitan Betting 2022

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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 2022

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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 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 The Metropolitan will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE Metropolitan IN 2022

When deciding on which horse will win The Metropolitan in 2022 there are a number of key factors to consider including their lead-up spring racing form, allocated weight and ability over the mile and a half.

Other things to look at when picking The Metropolitan winner include:

  • Gai Factor – Trainer Gai Waterhouse boasts eight previous wins in The Metropolitan so her stayers often make a good bet.
  • Sydney Lead-Up – From 2008-2021 just four The Metropolitan winners came off a non-Sydney lead-up.
  • Premier’s Cup – The Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2000m) in August serves as a nice early lead-up and Magic Hurricane (2015) was the last to do the double.
  • Older Horses – Montefilia (2021) was the first The Metropolitan winner under the age of five since Railings (2005).

the metropolitan FAVOURITES 2022

The early The Metropolitan favourites for 2022 include Edward Cummings’ Australian Cup – Tancred Stakes winning mare Duais, third placed ATC Derby three-year-old Alegron and last year’s champion Montefilia.

The Metropolitan favourites have a poor recent record in the event with only two saluting from 2006-20.

The Metropolitan Field 2022

The official The Metropolitan 2022 field of final acceptances is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be available in full below. The Metropolitan field capacity is for 18 starters. 

The Metropolitan 2022 Tips

Favourite: TBD

Best Bet: TBD

Best Roughie: TBD

Our exclusive The Metropolitan 2022 betting tips and selections will be updated right here the week of the race and a full tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.

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the metropolitan 2022 RACE DAY

The Metropolitan 2022 takes place on Saturday October 1, 2022 as part of Epsom Handicap Day 2022 which features a triple shot of Group 1 racing action. Along with The Metropolitan the other key features running at Royal Randwick that day are the:

the metropolitan 2022 BARRIER DRAW

The official The Metropolitan 2022 barrier draw is conducted the Tuesday of race week and will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section.

The Metropolitan Nominations 2022

Closing time for The Metropolitan 2022 nominations is 12PM on Monday the 5th of September, 2022.

The Metropolitan Weights 2022

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 27th of September, 2022. The official The Metropolitan weights will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan Acceptances 2022

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Tuesday, the 27th of September, 2022. The official The Metropolitan acceptances will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan jockeys 2022

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 28th of September, 2022. The official The Metropolitan jockeys will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan Scratchings 2022

Final scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 1st of October, 2022. 

the metropolitan 2022 PRIZE MONEY

The total 2022 The Metropolitan prize purse is $750,000 – distributed to places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $430,500
2nd $141,000
3rd $74,250
4th $33,375
5th $18,375
6th $7,500
7th $7,500
8th $7,500
9th $7,500
10th $7,500

The Metropolitan Race Number 2022

The 2022 The Metropolitan race number is TBC for Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 1, 2022. There are ten races in total that day at Royal Randwick.

The Metropolitan 2022 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 The Metropolitan Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2022 THE METROPOLITAN FORM GUIDE

The Metropolitan Winners (Past Results)

A list of the past The Metropolitan Handicap winners in Australia going back to 1930 can be found below. To view a complete list of past The Metropolitan winners from the race’s inauguration to the present – click here.

Year Winner Jockey Weight (kg) Time
2022 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2021 Montefilia H. Bowman 55.5 2:27.79
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