2014 The Metropolitan Final Field and Barrier Draw

October 1st, 2014

A less-than capacity field of sixteen classy stayers have been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick, highlighted by several leading racing prospects leading into both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Junoob has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Metropolitan Handicap

Junoob has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Metropolitan Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

Requiring victory to guarantee a position in the 2014 Caulfield Cup, trainer David Hayes has confirmed Spillway in the final field for the 2014 Metropolitan Handicap.

Securing a commendable total of four wins and five minor places from just 16 competitive starts so far, Spillway began his racing career under the guidance of British trainer Eve Johnson Houghton before transferring to the care of Hayes at the conclusion of 2013.

Steadily building to the task over three starts through autumn highlighted by a strong victory in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 26th, the Rail Link entire was unlucky to finish second in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up before finishing a credible fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 13th.

While unable to figure in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) just one week after the Makybe Diva, Hayes is confident the step up to 2400m and barrier 9 will see a return to the winner’s circle and maiden Group 1 title for Spillway in The Metropolitan.

Trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the running of the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap, accepting positions in the final field for five of his stables stars including Junoob, Bagman and Our Voodoo Prince.

Claiming ten wins and eight minor places from his 30 competitive appearances on course so far, Junoob has secured several impressive results in 2014 already and is arguably offered his best chance of Group 1 glory in The Metropolitan.

Finishing third in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) on March 1st, the Haafhd gelding charged home to win the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) before repeating the dose in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) just two weeks later.

Returning to the paddock after finishing a fighting third in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), Junoob has steadily built to the task over three starts this time in and will carry winning form into the 2014 Metropolitan after taking out the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) on September 20th.

Arguably hitting peak condition over his current preparation, Bagman will have to overcome the relatively wide and awkward barrier 12 in the 2014 Metropolitan, but is sure to be boosted by leading jockey Hugh Bowman.

Winning each of the Valley Handicap Open (2000m) and Badge Appeal Handicap (2000m) through August, the Easy Rocking gelding made a successful transition back to black type racing in his two most recent starts; finishing third in both the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and Hill Stakes.

Yet to find peak condition over three starts this time in, Our Voodoo Prince is sure to be offered an exceptional ride by renowned Hong Kong-based jockey Joao Moreira in the 2014 Metropolitan Handicap.

Beginning his racing career under the guidance of British trainer Ed Dunlop before transferring to the care of Waller at the conclusion of 2013, the Kingmambo gelding secured three wins from as many starts over his maiden Australian racing campaign in autumn, highlighted by the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th.

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2014 Metropolitan Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 131143×861 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 3 58kg 108
2 x002431133 BAGMAN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 12 58kg 105
3 44x781x247 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig James McDonald 9 57.5kg 104
4 612262×050 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 14 56kg 101
5 234×746845 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Joshua Parr 2 56kg 100
6 523664×072 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 11 55.5kg 100
7 x08111x374 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 6 55.5kg 100
8 34x111x938 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 8 55.5kg 100
9 34x0313x76 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney Jeff Lloyd 16 55.5kg 98
10 06017×1252 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 5 55.5kg 98
11 42x5712x43 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody Tim Clark 4 55.5kg 98
12 8140×32631 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace Chris Munce 10 55.5kg 97
13 x5x49x4051 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden Christian Reith 15 55.5kg 97
14 x30926x090 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 13 55.5kg 96
15 x475601652 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent Jim Byrne 1 55.5kg 95
16 x993008136 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 7 55.5kg 70