2014 The Metropolitan Handicap Weights Released

September 15th, 2014

Racing NSW today released the weights for the two Group 1 highlights of Epsom Handicap Day including those for The Metropolitan Handicap 2014.

Sea Moon

Sea Moon is allocated the 58kg top weight for this year's The Metropolitan Handicap in Sydney. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Running at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday October 4 as one of the highlight staying races of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, this year’s $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Real Estate Agents The Metropolitan (2400m) attracted 87 nominations.

Weights for all of those early entries have now been allocated with the Robert Hickmott-trained Sea Moon allotted the 58kg top weight.

The Lloyd Williams-owned Beat Hollow stallion was also handed the top weight for the classic last year but didn’t end up contesting the event subsequently won by his stable mate Seville.

He has raced over the 2400m seven times for four wins and one minor placing all at Black Type level, most recently winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) carrying 59.5kg.

Also high up The Metropolitan weights for the stable this year is 2013 Sydney Cup winner and 2014 Australian Cup fourth placegetter Mourayan (57kg).

He hasn’t raced since a dead last behind fellow Metropolitan hope, the Chris Waller-trained Our Voodoo Prince in a Group 3 at Caulfield form April and will carry a kilo less than what he had on his back when three lengths away eighth to his stable mate last year.

Our Voodoo Prince is on the 52kg minimum for The Metropolitan and is one of a host of fancies in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for Sydney’s premier trainer Waller paying $15 to win.

Waller’s top fancy meanwhile is French import He’s Your Man ($8) who occupies the second line of The Metropolitan betting after winning the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday.

There the Cape Cross six-year-old carried 56.5kg to victory but He’s Your Man is on just 53.5kg for The Metropolitan.

The heaviest-weighted of Waller’s contingent in the mile and a half showdown meanwhile is Hawkspur, the Queensland Derby winner as a three-year-old and last start Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes champ on 57.5kg.

Hawkspur, an $11 The Metropolitan chance at Ladbrokes, is also nominated for the Epsom Handicap on the same day where he has been allocated a kilo less.

He received half a kilo less for this race last year but has been a major player in Group 1 handicaps around the country since then including the 2013 Caulfield Cup (7th) and 2014 Doncaster Mile (4th).

Other well fancied hopes and their weights from the Waller stables meanwhile include last year’s fifth placed Moriarty ($13 / 56kg), Flemington winner from the weekend with Spring Cups aims Who Shot The Barman ($13 / 55.5kg) and Doomben Cup third placegetter Junoob ($15 / 54.5kg).

Also of note is the 55.5kg allocated to Michael Moroney’s six length Irish St Leger winning mare from last year Voleuse De Coeurs, the only mare handed more than the 52kg minimum.

The full 2014 The Metropolitan Handicap weights and updated ballot order are detailed below.

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2014 The Metropolitan Weights & Ballot

Royal Randwick Racecourse – Saturday October 4, 2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 1 58kg 112
2 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 2= 57.5kg 111
3 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 2= 55.5kg 111
4 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 57kg 110
5 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 5 56kg 108
6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 6 55.5kg 107
7 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 7= 55kg 106
8 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 7= 55kg 106
9 BAGMAN Chris Waller 9= 54.5kg 105
10 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 9= 54.5kg 105
11 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 9= 54.5kg 105
12 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 12= 54kg 104
13 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 12= 54kg 104
14 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 53.5kg 103
15 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 14= 53.5kg 103
16 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 14= 53.5kg 103
17 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 14= 53.5kg 103
18 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 14= 53.5kg 103
19 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 19 53kg 102
20 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott 20= 52.5kg 101
21 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 20= 52.5kg 101
22 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 20= 52.5kg 101
23 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 20= 52.5kg 101
24 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 20= 52.5kg 101
25 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 20= 52.5kg 101
26 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 20= 52kg 101
27 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 27= 52kg 100
28 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 27= 52kg 100
29 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 27= 52kg 100
30 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 30= 52kg 99
31 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 30= 52kg 99
32 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 32= 52kg 98
33 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 32= 52kg 98
34 SECESSIO (GB) Chris Waller 32= 52kg 98
35 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 32= 52kg 98
36 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 32= 52kg 98
37 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 37= 52kg 97
38 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 37= 52kg 97
39 MOBACO (FR) Darren Weir 37= 52kg 97
40 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 37= 52kg 97
41 LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE) Chris Waller 41= 52kg 96
42 MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller 41= 52kg 96
43 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 43= 52kg 95
44 MICHELANGELO (GB) Gai Waterhouse 43= 52kg 95
45 CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 45= 52kg 94
46 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 45= 52kg 94
47 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 45= 52kg 94
48 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace 48= 52kg 93
49 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent 48= 52kg 93
50 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott 48= 52kg 93
51 TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller 48= 52kg 93
52 GALLATIN John O’Shea 52= 52kg 92
53 MULAQEN (GB) Chris Waller 52= 52kg 92
54 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 52= 52kg 92
55 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 55 52kg 90
56 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 56 52kg 89
57 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) Chris Waller 57= 52kg 88
58 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 57= 52kg 88
59 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 57= 52kg 88
60 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 60 52kg 87
61 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 61= 52kg 86
62 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) Kris Lees 61= 52kg 86
63 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 63 52kg 85
64 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 64= 52kg 83
65 WROTHAM HEATH (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 64= 52kg 83
66 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney 66 52kg 82
67 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 67= 52kg 80
68 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 67= 52kg 80
69 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 67= 52kg 80
70 MISSVONN David Vandyke 70 52kg 77
71 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 71= 52kg 76
72 SLIVOVITZ Kris Lees 71= 52kg 76
73 MADE TO ORDER Chris Waller 73= 52kg 75
74 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 73= 52kg 75
75 SPECIFIC CHOICE Chris Waller 73= 52kg 75
76 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller 76 52kg 74
77 RAGTIME COWBOY JOE Matthew Smith 77= 52kg 73
78 TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 77= 52kg 73
79 OAKDALE ROYAL (NZ) Wendy Haynes 79= 52kg 70
80 ZATAGLIO (NZ) David Vandyke 79= 52kg 70
81 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 81= 52kg 69
82 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 81= 52kg 69
83 SENTA HELGA Anthony Cummings 83 52kg 67
84 TUCANCHOO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84 52kg 66
85 DELIBERATE John O’Shea 85 52kg 65
86 BEST OF THE REST Anthony Cummings 86 52kg 63
87 KAJIKA David Vandyke 87 52kg 60