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The Metropolitan: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Metropolitan is the premier staying event during the Sydney Spring Carnival and takes place at Royal Randwick at the end of September.

The Metropolitan is a Group 1 race for horses aged three and over and is raced under open handicap conditions.

The horses who race in The Metropolitan are being aimed at the Caulfied Cup and the Melbourne Cup later in the year.

Here is our guide to The Metropolitan.

WhatThe Metropolitan
WhereRoyal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
WhenSaturday 30th September, 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsJust Fine 2.50, Major Beel 11.00, Hoo Ya Mal 13.00

What is The Metropolitan?

The Metropolitan is raced over a distance of 2400m at Royal Randwick and is a true test for Australia’s best stayers.

Horses aged three and over compete in The Metropolitan, which is raced under open handicap conditions.

The Metropolitan has a long and proud history and it’s a race that champion trainer Gai Waterhouse has dominated over the years.

Waterhouse has won The Metropolitan on eight occasions, with her last victory coming back in 2012 with Glencadam Gold.

When is The Metropolitan?

The Metropolitan is held on Saturday 30th September 2023 and is one of one Sydney’s most significant race days.

The group 1 Epsom Handicap and the group 1 Flight Stakes are also held on the same day.

The Metropolitan will be Race 9 on a 10-Race card, and comes straight after the Epsom Handicap.

Runners and riders in The Metropolitan are due to go to post at 16:45 (AEST).

Can I watch The Metropolitan?

Yes. The Metropolitan will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

How old is The Metropolitan?

The Metropolitan has a long history and was first raced in 1863 and was won by a horse named Regno.

The Metropolitan was originally raced over 3200m and has been reduced in distance over the years. The final distance change came in 2001 when it was cut from 2600m to 2400m.

The Metropolitan has also had a number of name changes and started out as the Great Metropolitan Stakes, before switching to Metropolitan Stakes and then Metropolitan Handicap.

In 1979 it was renamed The Metropolitan and has remained that way ever since.

Who has won the The Metropolitan?

No Compromise won the 2022 The Metropolitan for champion trainer Chris Waller and jockey Tommy Berry.

The Metropolitan is something of a graveyard for the favourites as only two have won the race in the last 10 years.

The Caulfield Cup is often targeted by those horses racing in The Metropolitan, and both Railings in 2015 and Tawqeet in 2006, managed to complete the double.

What is the prize money for The Metropolitan?

The total prize fund for The Metropolitan is $750,000 for the 2023 edition of the race.

The winner of the race will receive $430,000, Second place will pick up $141,000, while third will scoop $75,500.

Each of the top 10 horses will win prize money with ninth and 10th both picking up $7,500 for their efforts.

Who are the hot fancies to win the Epsom Handicap?

Just Fine seems to be the one to beat and is priced at 2.50 to win The Metropolitan.

However, the favourites have not done very well in recent editions so the likes of Major Beel at 11.00 and Hoo Ya Mai at 13.00 will be in the reckoning.

Benaud and Protagonist can also be backed at 15.00.

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