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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.
The Metropolitan Betting 2022
|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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- 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 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
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:
- Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m),
- Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m),
- Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m),
- Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m),
- Group 3 Gimcarck Stakes (1000m), and the
- Group 3 Breeders’ Plate (1000m).
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.
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.
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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.
|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|
|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|