The Metropolitan 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Sydney stayers have a dominant recent record in The Metropolitan over interstate runners

The Metropolitan is a well-known handicap race conducted at Randwick Racecourse in early October each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $750,000 in prize money, the staying classic is conducted over 2400m and The Metropolitan winner takes out over $430,000 in prize money.

Held on Epsom Handicap Day that features three Group 1 races, The Metropolitan Handicap was first run in 1863 and has held elite level status since 1979. Originally called the Great Metropolitan Stakes it was run on the Labour Day holiday on the first Monday in October until 2004. Many top stayers have enjoyed success in The Metropolitan over the years including Magic Hurricane (2015), Railings (2005), Ming Dynasty (1978) and Redcraze (1956).

Each spring The Metropolitan winner is exempt from ballot for the following autumn’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes race in Sydney.

The winner of the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) race run a fortnight earlier meanwhile earns a The Metropolitan ballot exemption and Herculian Prince (2010) was the last to do the double.

This season The Metropolitan Handicap ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and saw the David Payne-trained Montefilia break the recent hoodoo for the mares. 

2021 The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The official The Metropolitan 2021 results and race finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  • 1st: #8 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #14 Entente 
  • 3rd: #13 Harpo Marx

The David Payne-trained Montefilia ($6) posted her third Group 1 win extending her brilliance to a mile and a half in a photo finish The Metropolitan 2021 result ahead of the Caulfield Cup. 

The Metropolitan Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1863

The Metropolitan Handicap Betting

The Metropolitan Handicap betting markets open as soon as the nominations for the mile and a half classic close in late August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Futures betting on Group 1 races like The Metropolitan give you the chance to lock in juicy prices on potential runners.

Many punters however prefer to wait until the field is released and The Metropolitan odds are often led by horses that ran well in races like the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup, the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality or Caulfield’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.

Horses that come off nice lead-up runs in Sydney, are well-weighted in The Metropolitan weights and older gallopers traditionally sit at the top of The Metropolitan odds each season.

2021 The Metropolitan Odds

The season’s updated The Metropolitan 2021 betting odds and links to our markets will be available below so make sure you stay tuned for access to the best Group 1 Randwick racing odds online.

The Metropolitan 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 The Metropolitan will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit


The Metropolitan Handicap Field

The Metropolitan field has a capacity of 18 starters but hadn’t had the maximum number of runners line up on race day since 2005 when Railings won from barrier 14 of 18 until 2020 when Mirage Dancer saluted.

The final field of The Metropolitan acceptances is out on the Tuesday before the race runs on the Saturday and is considered a nice lead-up for Melbourne-bound hopefuls that could back-up in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. The Metropolitan nominations meanwhile close in late August with up to 100 runners making up the early entries.

The Metropolitan Handicap odds at

The Verminator (2011) scored a big upset win at The Metropolitan odds of $21. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Horses come into The Metropolitan field via a number of different lead-up races, a number of which offer a ballot exemption to the winner into the Group 1 including the Newcastle Gold Cup. The last galloper to complete the Newcastle Cup – The Metropolitan double without another run in between was Glencadam Gold (2012).

A fortnight prior to the Newcastle Gold Cup, the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) also serves as a potential early The Metropolitan lead-up race and The Verminator (2011) was the last to do the double.

Rosehill’s Group 3 Premier’s Cup (1900m) run in late August is another good early The Metropolitan lead-up race and recent horses to do the double include Railings (2005), Glencadam Gold (2012) and Magic Hurricane (2015).

2021 The Metropolitan Field

The official The Metropolitan 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below, so stay tuned to see what spring stayers make the starting line-up in the mile and a half feature.

A capacity line-up of stayers will de battle in the 2021 The Metropolitan field this weekend in Sydney including recent Winx Stakes third placegetter She’s Ideel and fellow class mare Montefilia

  • Scratched: #2 Shared Ambition (1) has been scratched in favour of a run in the $1 million Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m). 
  • #11 Kukeracha (16); 
  • #21e Long Arm (14); and
  • #6 Mirage Dancer (13) is out with last year’s champion to have his swansong race before retiring to a stud in Ireland in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) on October 9 at Caulfield. 

2021 The Metropolitan Nominations

Early nominations for The Metropolitan 2021 are taken by Racing NSW on Monday the 6th of September, 2021.

Eighty-five stayers make-up the early 2021 The Metropolitan nominations including last year’s champion Mirage Dancer, Wyong Gold Cup winner Berdibek and She’s Ideel who ran fourth in the autumn’s Sydney Cup over the two miles.

The Metropolitan Handicap Tips

The Metropolitan tips are often a mixed affair with the race know to attract a big field. Winners of the race in recent years have come via a host of different lead-ups and the only last start winner to back up and take out The Metropolitan since Railings (2005) was Glencadam Gold (2012). He was trainer Gai Waterhouse’s eighth champion in the event making Waterhouse-trained runners a good The Metropolitan Handicap tip each spring.

Other key The Metropolitan betting tips include looking for horses weighted 55.5kg and under and those coming off a Sydney lead-up run.

2021 The Metropolitan Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Metropolitan 2021 tips and Randwick exotic betting selections will be detailed for punters below the week of Epsom Handicap Day.

  • Best Value: #17 No Compromise ($15 at time of publish)

A case to be made for half the field, but Each Way value is enormous on this proven stayer who is hitting the right form at the right time. Chris Waller’s Pins five-year-old was narrowly beaten in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup by his stablemate, the also The Metrop-accepted Great House, and drops down to just 50kg. Will be flying with that weight, has a great strike-rate at both the track and distance and Waller’s got a top record in the race. 

The Metropolitan Handicap Form Guide

The Metropolitan Handicap form guide lists all of the final acceptors, their barriers, jockeys, trainers and allocated weights. The winning weight range in the race over the past decade ranges from a light 50.5kg to 56kg that Opinion (2014) carried to victory for trainer Chris Waller.

Junoob originally won the 2014 race but was later disqualified for a failed drug test. The race favourites meanwhile aren’t always the most likely to win in this spring major with just two saluting since 2005 with plenty of long-priced roughies scoring an upset including Newport (40/1 in 2008) and The Verminator (20/1 in 2011).

The Metropolitan Form Facts

  • Mirage Dancer (2020), Foundry (2017), Seville (2013) and Newport (2008) are the only The Metropolitan winners from 2008 – 2021 to come off a non-Sydney lead-up race
  • Since 2005 just two horses have off a victory before winning The Metropolitan with Glencadam Gold (2012) who took out the Newcastle Gold Cup
  • Favourites have a poor recent record in The Metropolitan results with only two saluting from 2006-2021
  • Since Railings (2005) the only The Metropolitan winner younger than five-years-old was Montefilia (4YO mare in 2021)
  • Trainer Gai Waterhouse holds the record with eight The Metropolitan winners

2021 The Metropolitan Form

A link to our detailed The Metropolitan 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Metropolitan Handicap Results

The Metropolitan results display the exact finishing order of all the starters, any scratched horses, the winning margin, time, weight and starting price of each galloper.

In recent years The Metropolitan Handicap results have been dominated by Sydney-trained horses coming off lead-up runs in New South Wales. Favourites only have an average record in The Metropolitan results of the past decade, with the last to salute for the punters being Magic Hurricane (2015).

Notable recent The Metropolitan winners include Coco Cobanna (2000) who is the last mare to win, Glencadam Gold (2012), Sir John Hawkwood (2016) and Montefilia (2021). 

Winners of The Metropolitan

Year Placegetters Winning Time
2021 Montefilia Entente Harpo Marx 2:27.79
2020 Mirage Dancer Mugatoo Angel Of Truth 2:27.52
2019 Come Play With Me Gallic Chieftain Sir Charles Road 2:30.61
2018 Patrick Erin Brimham Rocks Sikandarabad 2:29.6
2017 Foundry Big Duke Chocante 2:27.7
2016 Sir John Hawkwood Antonio Giuseppe Allergic 2:27.4
2015 Magic Hurricane Beaten Up Havana Cooler 2:28.5
2014 Junoob Opinion Araldo 2:26.5
2013 Seville Julienas Sneak A Peek 2:32.1
2012 Glencadam Gold Kelinni Reuben Percival 2:29.7
2011 The Verminator Hawk Island Lamasery 2:33.4
2010 Herculian Prince Mourayan No Wine No Song 2:29.9
2009 Speed Gifted Lodge The Deeds Fiumicino 2:35.1
2008 Newport Bianca Get Up Jude 2:33.0
2007 Race Not Run  –  –
2006 Tawqeet Activation Vanquished 2:31.1
2005 Railings Run Rita Run Men At Work 2:28.5
2004 County Tyrone Itemise Don Raphael 2:33.6
2003 Bedouin Daneborogh Bodie 2:34.4
2002 Victory Smile Piachay Dress Circle 2:31.3
2001 Dress Circle Danyon Homewrecker 2:29.4
2000 Coco Cobanna Pasta Express Citra’s Prince 2:44.3