Racing NSW today released the weights for the two Group 1 highlights of Epsom Handicap Day including those for The Metropolitan Handicap 2014.
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
|1||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||1||58kg||112|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|71||EVANGELIST (GB)||Tony McEvoy||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|
|86||BEST OF THE REST||Anthony Cummings||86||52kg||63|