Metropolitan Handicap News

Talented import Magic Hurricane has continued his impressive run of form through the Spring Carnival at Royal Randwick over the weekend; justifying his clear favouritism when charging home for success in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m). Magic Hurricane continued to receive huge support in the hours leading up to…


Metropolitan Handicap

Held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Metropolitan Handicap is one of the prominent staying races during the Spring Racing Carnival. As a Group 1 race, The Metropolitan attracts a strong field of horses capable of enduring the long 2400m distance. Offering $750,000 in prize money, the event is open to all horses aged three years and over with many of the stronger contestants going on to compete in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup held later in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. As the two events have the same race conditions, the Metro is an ideal lead up race with Tawqueet (2006) and Railings (2005) both winning the Handicap/Cup double.

The 2016 Metropolitan Handicap will be held on Saturday October 1st.

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Held on the Group 1 Epsom Handicap Day, the Metropolitan Handicap is raced on the same day as the Group 1 Flight Stakes, the Group 2 Premiere Stakes, Roman Consul Stakes and the Group 3 Craven Plate. Although the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) held three weeks earlier is regarded as a good practice run, the best guide to the Handicap is the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality held a week earlier. With the same distance and course, the Quality is the ideal lead-up race with plenty of horses winning the Handicap/Quality double including Railings (2005), Dress Circle (2001), Coco Cobana (2000), Vita Man (1999), In Joyment (1998), Heart Ruler (1997) and Hula Flight (1996).

The winner of the Newcastle Cup receives ballot exemption for the Metropolitan Handicap, while the winner of the Colin Stephen Quality Handicap gains both ballot and penalty exemption.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Metropolitan Handicap History

There is a horse yet to win the Metropolitan Handicap, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup treble however both Hayai (1983-84) and Tails (1969-70) have managed to win the Metropolitan Handicap more than once. First held in 1863 and won by Regno, Randwick started recording the race’s results in 1930 when Cragford won under jockey A. Breasley. Titled the AJC Mayors Cup in 1865, the Handicap was a 16 Furlong race until 1890 when it was shortened to 12 Furlongs. In 1920 it then changed to a 13 Furlong race which lasted until 1971 when it became a 2600m event. Finally in 2001 it became the 2400m race it is today. The race has produced several champions with jockey K. Langby winning five Metropolitan Handicap’s in 1978, 1975, 1973, 1971 and 1965. Jockey J. Cassidy follows with four wins in 1997, 1993, 1989 and 1985.

Metropolitan Handicap Betting

Online bookmakers offer extensive betting markets on the Metropolitan Handicap as it features a high standard of horses. Due to the amount of quality races, punters have the option of just betting on the Metropolitan Handicap or they combine the races with a multi-bet. No matter what type of bet you want to place, the best place to go is an online betting site. They offer odds on every horse race throughout Australia. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for some hot Metropolitan Handicap betting or Melbourne Cup betting for the Melbourne Cup 2015, you’ll find it all online.