Herculian Prince & Speed Gifted Early Favourites For 2010 The Metropolitan

August 30th, 2010

Ninety-eight horses have been nominated for the $350,000 Group One The Metropolitan (2400m), which is to take to the Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Day, October 2.

Ladbrokes.com.au has already opened the market for the 2010 The Metropolitan, which sees Herculian Prince soar to the top spot along with Speed Gifted, both of which are at $10.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Herculian Prince is on target for big things this spring, also being nominated for the feature spring cups. The five-year-old had a strong spring preparation, and had his first-up jump on August 21 in the Listed Show County Quality (1200m).

The Yamanin Vital gelding ran ninth to Kenny’s World, and is gearing up to the longer distance in his lead up to the 2010 The Metropolitan.

The Lee Freedman-trained Speed Gifted is a strong contender for the win according to punters at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The British-bred gelding’s last jump was in the $2.25 million Group One The BMW (2400m) where he finished second-last to Littorio.

Freedman has revealed the defending Metropolitan champion will jump in the $400,000 Group Two Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 4 as his first-up jump this spring.

John Thompson-trained Count Encosta and the Waterhouse-trained Descarado make up the second betting line, both sitting on $11 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The reedman-trained Fanjura had a solid Autumn campaign, claiming the honours in the $125,000 Group Three Easter Cup (2000m). The Marju gelding is at $12 in the early market odds, equal to Michael Moroney’s Monaco Consul.

Winner of the $175,000 Group Two Alister Clark Stakes (1600m) Linton has rewarding odds of $14, while recent winner of the $150,000 Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m) Metal Bender could be a strong punt at $15 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Remember to get in on the early market betting options, as they are by far the most lucrative. As we get closer to the jump, the odds will only shorten, so head to Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2010 The Metropolitan Nominations

No Horse Trainer
1 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott
2 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott
3 APPREHEND Tony Vasil
4 BARON Robert Hickmott
5 BASALTICO (IRE) Bill & Symon Wilde
6 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
7 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes
8 BILLSON Robert Hickmott
9 BOLTON (NZ) Robert Hickmott
10 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan
11 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
12 CARNEGIE HOUSE Anthony Cummings
13 CHARTREUX David Hayes
14 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson
15 CRABS (NZ) Chris Hyland
16 DAAD’S OVERTIME (NZ) Guy Walter
17 DELTONA Kevin Moses
18 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
20 EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ) Bart Cummings
21 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes
22 FAIRFIELD FLAME (GER) Michael Moroney
23 FAIRYGEM (NZ) Peter G Moody
24 FANJURA (IRE) Lee Freedman
25 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
26 FROZONE (NZ) Alan Bailey
27 GALLANT LADY Lee Freedman
28 GET UP JUDE Kevin Moses
29 GIGINO (NZ) Chris Waller
30 GORKY PARK (NZ) David Hayes
31 GOTTA KEEP COOL Darren Weir
32 GRAND DUCAL (IRE) Robert Hickmott
33 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller
34 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
35 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde
36 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings
37 IMPOSING (GB) Robert Hickmott
38 INDIKATOR (NZ) Keith Opie
39 INDITE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
40 INTERLOCKING (NZ) Robert Hickmott
41 IREL (NZ) Robert Hickmott
42 JOE BLOW Bart Cummings
43 JUNGLE ROCKET (NZ) Chris Waller
44 LA ROCKET Dale Sutton
45 LANDLOCKED (NZ) Anthony Cummings
46 LANDLORD Bart Cummings
47 LARGO LAD David Hayes
48 LEGSMAN (NZ) John O’Shea
49 LINTON Robert Hickmott
50 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody
51 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
52 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Robert Hickmott
53 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller
54 MISS ALIA (NZ) Pat Hyland
55 MONACO CONSUL (NZ) Michael Moroney
56 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
57 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody
58 MR EDISON Bart Cummings
59 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott
60 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent
61 NAADJI (NZ) Bevan & Richard Laming
62 NEWPORT Paul Perry
63 NO WINE NO SONG Kevin Moses
64 NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ) Anthony Cummings
66 OUR ARISTOCRAT (GB) Robert Hickmott
67 OUR CANNAVARO (NZ) Chris Waller
68 OUR ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) Robert Hickmott
69 PAY AND PLAY Chris Waller
70 PRIX DU SANG Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
71 PURPLE Peter Snowden
72 RAIHANA David Payne
73 REFUSE ME Kerry Parker
74 REIGNING RHYTHM Gary Portelli
75 RUN FOR NAARA John P Thompson
76 RUNDLE Robert Hickmott
77 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson
78 SCOUTING WIDE (NZ) Tim Martin
82 SMOKIN’ GUN (NZ) John O’Shea
83 SNOW ALERT Chris Waller
84 SPACECRAFT Mick Price
85 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman
86 STAR RIPPER Bart Cummings
87 STILLMAN (USA) Robert Hickmott
88 THE EMBASSY (NZ) Chris Waller
90 THE ZEEBAC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
91 TOKEN OF HONOUR David Hayes
92 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller
94 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
95 TWIN WING (NZ) Guy Walter
96 VESPER Robert Hickmott
97 ZABDUED (NZ) Bart Cummings
98 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott