The AJC Metropolitan Handicap is a 2400 metre race held under open handicap conditions for horses three-year-old and upwards at Randwick. It is run in October on Epsom Handicap Day by the Australian Jockey Club.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up Open Handicap
- Distance: 2,400 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday, 30 September 2017
The AJC Metropolitan Handicap has a long history and was first run over 16 furlongs (about 3200 metres) in 1863 when it was won by Regno. The distance was reduced to 12 furlongs in 1892 and there have been other distance changes until it became the current 2400 metres in 2001. The only year the race was not held was in 2007 when an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) caused many races in Australia to be cancelled.
Many horses have their lead-up race in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap over 2400 metres, and many have won the Colin Stephen – Metropolitan double including Railings (2005), Dress Circle (2001), Coco Cobanna (2000), Vita Man (1999), In Joyment (1998), Heart Ruler (1997), Hula Flight (1996) and Zamination (1993).
2017 The Metropolitan Handicap Final Field & Odds:
See below for the latest AJC Metropolitan Handicap odds and final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 AJC Metropolitan Handicap Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Following the early scratching of Amralah there are 11 runners for the $750,000 The Metropolitan, and 4 of them are trained by Chris Waller. The early betting is very open and the early favourite is 2016 runner-up Antonio Giuseppe who was 2nd in the Kingston Town last outing. On the second line of betting are Libran, who won the Kingston Town last start, and Life Less Ordinary who ran 3rd.
Big Duke finished 10th in the Group 3 Naturalism a week ago after racing tightly. Foundry has been racing well in Melbourne and should appreciate the extra ground. Broadside won the Newcastle Cup over 2300m before a close 3rd in the Colin Stephen last start. Who Shot Thebarman will run well bit has never won at Randwick in 15 starts here. Chocante is a rough hope. The other runners are currently 25 to 1 or longer.
For tips on this years Metropolitan Handicap check out the top picks from our expert racing tipster panel. Tips for the weekends racing are uploaded every Friday The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Libran||6 Antonio Giuseppe||1 Libran|
|9 Life Less Ordinary||1 Libran||2 Who Shot Thebarman|
|6 Antonio Giuseppe||10 Foundry||6 Antonio Giuseppe|
|8 Broadside||2 Who Shot Thebarman||10 Foundry|
Previous winners of the AJC Metropolitan Handicap:
As the Metropolitan is held on the last major race day of the Sydney spring carnival the stronger contestants continue their spring campaigns in Melbourne. Metropolitan winners that have gone on to win the Caulfield Cup are Tawqeet (2006), Railings (2005), Hayai (1983) and Redcraze (1956). Metropolitan winners to win the Melbourne Cup are Macdougal (1959), Straight Draw (1957), Dalray (10952), Delta (1951) and Tim Whiffler (1867).
No horse has ever won the Australian handicap treble of the AJC Metropolitan, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. Five horses have won the race twice and these are Hayai (1983 and 1984), Tails (1969 and 1970), Murray Stream (1945 and 1947), Cagou (1913 and 1917) and Mooltan (1907 and 1908).
|2017||Foundry||Big Duke (IRE)||Chocante (NZ)|
|2016||Sir John Hawkwood||Antonio Giuseppe||Allergic|
|2015||Magic Hurricane||Beaten Up||Havana Cooler|
|2014||Opinion(Junoob was disqualified)||Araldo||Kingdoms|
|2013||Seville||Julienas||Sneak A Peek|
|2012||Glencadam Gold||Kelinni||Reuben Percival|
|2011||The Verminator||Hawk Island||Lamasery|
|2010||Herculian Prince||Mourayan||No Wine No Song|
|2009||Speed Gifted||Lodge The Deeds||Fiumicino (NZ)|
|2008||Newport||Bianca (NZ)||Get Up Jude|
|2007||RACE NOT RUN|
|2006||Tawqeet (USA)||Activation (NZ)||Vanquished|
|2005||Railings||Run Rita Run||Men At Work (NZ)|
|2004||County Tyrone||Itemise (USA)||Don Raphael|
|2002||Victory Smile (NZ)||Piachay (NZ)||Dress Circle (NZ)|
|2001||Dress Circle (NZ)||Danyon||Homewrecker (NZ)|
|2000||Coco Cobanna (NZ)||Pasta Express||Citra’s Prince (NZ)|