The Metropolitan

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 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
  • 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
  • 2021 The Metropolitan Winner: Montefilia

the metropolitan 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 The Metropolitan results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  1. #8 Montefilia
  2. #14 Entente
  3. #13 Harpo Marx

The David Payne-trained mare Montefilia ($6) held off the favourite Entente in a photo-finish The Metropolitan 2021 result to give jockey Hugh Bowman his 100th Group 1 win.

The Metropolitan Betting 2021

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 2021

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The Metropolitan 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 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 2021

When deciding on which horse will win The Metropolitan in 2021 there are a number of key factors to consider including their lead-up 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.
  • Older Horses – Montefilia (2021) was the first The Metropolitan winner under the age of five since Railings (2005).

the metropolitan FAVOURITES 2021

The early The Metropolitan favourites for 2021 classy Group 1 placed mare Shes Ideel and ATC Derby – SA Derby, her recent Group 3 Premier’s Cup winning stablemate Harpo Marx and Spirit Ridge for Mark Newnham.

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

The Metropolitan Field 2021

The official The Metropolitan 2021 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 2021 The Metropolitan final field features a capacity line-up of stayers including recent Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winning mare She’s Ideel drawn wide out in gate 15 and the Chris Waller-trained Newcastle Cup winner Great House.

  • Scratched: #2 Shared Ambition (1) comes out in favour of a run in the Group 2 $1 million Hill Stakes (2000m);
  • #6 Mirage Dancer (13) will not defend his title and instead runs in Saturday week’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before retiring to stud in Ireland;
  • #11 Kukeracha (16); 
  • #21e Long Arm (14). 

The Metropolitan 2021 Tips

Favourite: #8 Montefilia ($5 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #14 Entente ($6 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #17 No Compromise ($15 at time of publish)

Our exclusive The Metropolitan 2021 betting tips and selections will be updated right here the week of the race and a full tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2021 THE METROPOLITAN PREVIEW & TIPS

the metropolitan 2021 RACE DAY

The Metropolitan 2021 takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021 as part of Epsom Handicap Day 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 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The official The Metropolitan 2021 barrier draw is conducted the Tuesday of race week and will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section.

The Metropolitan Nominations 2021

Closing time for The Metropolitan 2021 nominations is 12PM on Monday the 6th of September, 2021.

The 2021 The Metropolitan nominations feature 85 stayers including the reigning champion Mirage Dancer, in-form Melbourne stayer Heart Of Puissance and She’s Ideel for Bjorn Baker.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 311x90x760 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
2 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
3 11x121x41x AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes
4 3x66538x25 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
5 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
6 4x241441x0 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 102
7 x528434x17 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 06×0626411 BERDIBEK (FR) G 8 John O’Shea 104
9 417x903x84 BLUE SOLDIER (USA) G 5 Annabel Neasham 87
10 93x73590x0 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney
11 51622x32x0 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
12 31x07x6739 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 74
13 61x12454x6 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
14 3x4514x926 COOLTH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 54×3914242 CRIMINAL CODE G 5 Chris Waller 90
16 22110×7621 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 75
17 79x11400x9 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
18 x5111166x8 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne
19 7x1111x6x4 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
20 1143×95 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 76
21 00238375×5 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
22 035×528253 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
23 1x2031x EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 78
24 9x241265x8 ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
25 4x75x55x01 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
26 2634100×66 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 100
27 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 100
28 44×2212112 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 3134×13275 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 79
30 122×541511 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 99
31 x3621521x2 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 3954116×31 HERMAN HESSE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 74
33 3211131×48 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
34 00x654700x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 93
35 35x111733x KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
36 4358247×96 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 82
37 6143x8511x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
38 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 102
39 44×4195215 LAURE ME IN G 7 Matthew Dunn 100
40 25x57170x5 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman
41 1x4x16123x LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis
42 1101x71x57 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 84
43 6316984143 MAHAMEDEIS G 7 Nick Ryan
44 0x31222x23 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 78
45 508x663x00 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
46 x4135P2x48 MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
47 7x878333x0 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien
48 37215280×0 MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney
49 x9308x8268 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 x861126x08 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 90
51 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
52 3x41x211x0 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
53 33×415113 MR BOND (NZ) G 5 Brad Widdup 67
54 6×33311216 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 86
55 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
56 636341×843 ONE MORE TRY M 7 Matt Cumani
57 0518126×97 OUR BAMBINO G 5 Robert & Luke Price 67
58 8x70x44481 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 79
59 x0658x7110 PERFECT RADIANCE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 74
60 524x2x22x5 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 77
61 5x75810x05 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 105
62 62x62251x0 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
63 x9230x8752 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
64 x41721131x ROBUSTO (NZ) M 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
65 4227111×00 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 71
66 218227×055 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
67 28x86541x0 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
68 7x120138x5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
69 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
70 6014x300x5 SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
71 282×003218 SHUFFLE UP G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 75
72 66556253×1 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
73 5x014140x6 SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham 89
74 9217232111 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
75 21x62309x9 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney
76 0x6820532x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 69
77 1x250217x2 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 108
78 2x23141x80 TAIKOMOCHI G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
79 530×318514 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney
80 563×112221 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
81 9120×09701 TORRENS H 5 Lauri Parker 75
82 7600x0516x WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
83 7x780x9x59 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 99
84 1122x05x6 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84
85 112x5x4242 ZIEGFELD (GB) G 5 James Cummings

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Metropolitan Weights 2021

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 28th of September, 2021. The official The Metropolitan weights will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

2021 The Metropolitan Top Weight:

  • #1 Spirit Ridge (58kg)

The Metropolitan Acceptances 2021

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Tuesday, the 28th of September, 2021. The official The Metropolitan acceptances will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan jockeys 2021

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 29th of September, 2021. The official The Metropolitan jockeys will be available in our above The Metropolitan Field section. 

The Metropolitan Scratchings 2021

Final scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2021. 

2021 The Metropolitan Scratchings:

  • #2 Shared Ambition (1);
  • #6 Mirage Dancer (13);
  • #11 Kukeracha (16); 
  • #21e Long Arm (14). 

the metropolitan 2021 PRIZE MONEY

The total 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 2021

The 2021 The Metropolitan is set to run as Randwick Race 9 at 4:45pm (AEST) on Epsom Handicap Day, Saturday October 2, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Royal Randwick.

The Metropolitan 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 The Metropolitan Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2021 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.

Year Winner Jockey Weight (kg) Time
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