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2021 The Metropolitan Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The $750,000 Metropolitan is the premier staying event over the Sydney Spring Carnival
  • This Group One is run over 2400 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Montefilia is the outright early favourite
  • Our preview and best bets are included below
The Metropolitan Tips
Can Montefilia land a third Group One in Saturday's Metropolitan? (Getty)
Alex Marsh 28 Sep 2021
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The Group One Metropolitan is the premier staying contest over the Sydney Spring Carnival and forms a part of a big Randwick card which also features the Epsom Handicap and Flight Stakes.

Otherwise known as "The Metrop" is this 2400m Handicap which not only provides the winner an entry into the following autumn's Queen Elizabeth Stakes but also gives the perfect springboard into the Melbourne Spring Carnival for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

We list the early market for the 2021 Metropolitan and detail some of the key chances.

The Metropolitan 2021 Final Field & Odds

1Spirit Ridge (GB)Mark NewnhamJoshua Parr58kg8$15
2Shared Ambition (IRE)Chris WallerNash Rawiller57.5kg1$13
3Quick ThinkerMurray Baker & Andrew ForsmanKerrin McEvoy57kg18$21
4Dashing Willoughby (GBChris Waller57kg6$51
5Angel Of TruthMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry56kg19$26
6Mirage Dancer (GB)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungSam Clipperton56kg13$21
7WarningAnthony & Sam FreedmanRegan Bayliss56kg12$26
8MontefiliaDavid PayneHugh Bowman55.5kg17$5
9Attorney (FR)Matthew SmithJames McDonald55.5kg20$15
10Le Don De Vie (GB)Anthony & Sam FreedmanGlen Boss55.5kg21$26
11Kukeracha (NZ)Chris WallerGlyn Schofield55.5kg16$26
12She's IdeelBjorn BakerJason Collett55kg15$6.50
13Harpo Marx (IRE)Bjorn BakerRachel King54kg5$15
14EntenteGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark52.5kg4$7.50
15Great House (IRE)Chris WallerJeff Penza52kg11$15
16Hush Writer (JPN)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr51kg7$101
17No Compromise (NZ)Chris WallerKathy O'Hara50kg10$15
18Charms Star (NZ)Chris WallerAlysha Collett50kg9$34
19eLuncies (GB)Kris LeesRobbie Dolan50kg2$26
20eZeyrek (FR)Michael, Wayne & John HawkesAndrew Adkins50kg3$17
21eLong Arm (IRE)Peter GelagotisJean Van Overmeire50kg14$101
Odds courtesy of TopSport & correct at 2.15am on 29/09/2021.

The Metropolitan 2021 Tips

The Metropolitan 2021 Best Bet - Montefilia

This dual Group One winner rocketed into favouritism for the Metropolitan off the back of this eye-catching run from off the speed behind She's Ideel, who had the gun run throughout via the Kingston Town Stakes. 

Yet to prove herself past 2000m in her three-year-old season, we will well and truly find out now whether Montefilia can run out that trip as a more seasoned and stronger mare now, who has had a more conventional lead-up.

While gate 17 isn't ideal for Bowman, they'll come in a few slots if the emergencies don't get a run and with the ability to handle all conditions, Hugh could simply just be on the best horse in the race.

The Metropolitan 2021 Next Best Bet - Entente

Another who won't be bothered with whatever the conditions are is this son of Dundeel, who is backing up for a third week in a row, which is my main query, albeit the Waterhouse & Bott yard are absolutely flying.

Entente is a galloper that I've always had a stack of time for, a gelding that was winning a Port Macquarie Cup and competing in a Geelong Cup last spring, and mainly just doing it on ability then.

Against many plodders, he's one of the few in this line up with a bit of class and better suited when he has a bunny to follow, that may just play out with Hush Writer and Spirit Ridge pushing forward.

The Metropolitan 2021 Value Bet - Warning

The 2019 VRC Derby winner isn't the easiest horse to catch, with the five-year-old breaking a long winning drought over the Brisbane Carnival via the Group Three Chairman's at Doomben.

To be fair on Warning, he's produced some cracking runs in better races, motoring home for a one-length defeat in the Turnbull last year, a super effort at WFA level, so he certainly has the class when right.

Keeping residual fitness from the winter, the five-year-old has flashed home fresh with 61kg on September 11 behind a handy Floating Artist, making the lead-up near on faultless for this Metropolitan attempt.

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The Metropolitan FAQs

When is the 2021 Metropolitan?

The 2021 Metropolitan is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 2.

What distance is The Metropolitan?

The Metropolitan is run over a distance of 2400 metres.

Who won the 2020 Metropolitan?

Mirage Dancer won the 2020 Metropolitan.

Where is The Metropolitan held?

The Metropolitan is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

How can I live stream the 2021 Metropolitan?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream The Metropolitan and all other Australian horse races.

What's The Metropolitan worth?

The Metropolitan is worth $750,000.

$430,500 of that goes to the winner.



Montefilia has been building perfectly ahead of her attempt in The Metropolitan.

Entente is worth a saver, while Warning can be backed for a nice profit at decent odds.

Best Bet: Montefilia To Win $5.00 at Topsport - 3 Units
Next Best Bet: Entente To Win $7.50 at Topsport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Warning To Win $26.00 at Topsport - 1 Unit

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