A talented field of 87 stayers have been nominated for an appearance in the 2014 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 4th, highlighted by several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.
Trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the final field for the 2014 Metropolitan Handicap, having nominated a total of 22 runners for the Group 1 race, including the likes of Hawkspur, Moriarty, Our Voodoo Prince and Weary.
Winning the 2013 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), Hawkspur was unable to reach peak condition over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, fading to finish a disappointing 20th in the Melbourne Cup.
Steadily building to the task over two black type starts so far this time in, Waller is confident the Purrealist gelding will be perfectly suited to the mile-and-a-half required for the 2014 Metropolitan.
A standout performer over the 2014 autumn and winter carnivals, Moriarty figured in competitive position in each of his nine race starts, winning the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) before finishing second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) On June 7th.
While failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up on August 23rd, Our Voodoo Prince is considered a leading contender for the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th, having won each of his first three Australian starts through autumn, including the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).
Arguably one of the most talented current Australian-based runners yet to break through for a Group 1 victory, Weary failed to finish outside the places over five impressive starts through autumn, which included a strong win in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), third place in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26th.
Macedon Lodge is also eyeing a multi-pronged attack on the 2014 Metropolitan, with trainer Robert Hickmott nominating eight of his stables stars, including classy trio Masked Marvel, Mourayan and Sea Moon.
Yet to appear on course competitively in 2014, Masked Marvel was purchased by owner Lloyd Williams with a view towards the 2013 Melbourne Cup, and while finishing in competitive position in both the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m), was unable to figure at Group 1 level.
Winner of the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), Mourayan contested a short 2014 autumn campaign, finishing second in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and returning to the paddock after failing to beat a runner home in the Easter Cup.
Also purchased with a view towards Melbourne Cup success, Sea Moon appeared to have received the ideal lead-in to the Race that Stops a Nation, finishing second in the Listed Bart Cummings (2520m) and winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), but was unable to handle the late pace of eventual champion Fiorente, finishing 13th.
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2014 The Metropolitan Nominations
|1||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|2||ANCIENT KING (IRE)||Peter G Moody||–|
|3||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||–|
|4||AY NO DIGAS (GER)||Kris Lees||69|
|6||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||85|
|7||BEST OF THE REST||Anthony Cummings||62|
|8||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||Chris Waller||89|
|9||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||101|
|10||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|11||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||102|
|12||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||94|
|13||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||94|
|14||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|15||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||90|
|17||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||103|
|18||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||86|
|19||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|20||EVANGELIST (GB)||Tony McEvoy||76|
|21||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|22||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|24||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|25||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||79|
|26||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|28||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||98|
|30||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||105|
|31||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||93|
|32||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||105|
|34||KHALID (GB)||Paul Perry||69|
|35||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||–|
|36||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|37||LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||89|
|38||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||109|
|39||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||97|
|40||MADE TO ORDER||Chris Waller||78|
|41||MARKSMANSHIP (IRE)||Ciaron Maher||–|
|42||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|43||MICHELANGELO (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||97|
|45||MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB)||Michael Moroney||–|
|46||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||–|
|47||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||108|
|48||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|49||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||103|
|50||MULAQEN (GB)||Chris Waller||–|
|51||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||89|
|52||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||104|
|53||OAKDALE ROYAL (NZ)||Wendy Haynes||70|
|54||OMINOUS (GB)||Nigel Blackiston||88|
|55||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||102|
|56||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||80|
|57||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||86|
|58||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||100|
|59||PENTOMETER (NZ)||Chris Waller||76|
|62||RAGTIME COWBOY JOE||Matthew Smith||74|
|63||RAWNAQ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|64||SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI)||Peter & Paul Snowden||93|
|65||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||110|
|66||SECESSIO (GB)||Chris Waller||98|
|67||SENTA HELGA||Anthony Cummings||68|
|68||SHIKARPOUR (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|70||SPECIFIC CHOICE||Chris Waller||76|
|71||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|72||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||87|
|73||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|74||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||102|
|75||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||74|
|76||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||95|
|77||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||103|
|78||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||94|
|79||TUCANCHOO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|80||TUPAC AMARU||John O’Shea||98|
|81||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|82||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||111|
|83||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||106|
|84||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||103|
|85||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||98|
|86||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|87||ZATAGLIO (NZ)||David Vandyke||71|