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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- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
- 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)
|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|
|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|
|2007||Race Not Run||–||–||–|
|2004||County Tyrone||C. Brown||56.5||2:33.62|
|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|
|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|
|1986||Born To Be Queen||R. Quinton||50.5||2:42.20|
|1985||Spritely Native||J. Cassidy||50.5||2:44.20|
|1982||Nicholas John||P. Cook||49.5||2:42.50|
|1981||Belmura Lad||L. Olsen||55||2:42.30|
|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|
|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|