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The Metropolitan Handicap is a prestigious Group 1 horse race in Australia, contested over 2400 metres for horses three years old and over.  Held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney every October, this event takes place on the same day as the Group1 Epsom Handicap and the Flight Stakes.

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The Metropolitan Handicap has a long history in Australian racing, with the first event held in 1863.  This race was originally a Principal Race held over a distance of 16 furlongs, changing to 12 furlongs in 1892, 13 furlongs in 1920, and 2600 metres in 1972.  The Metropolitan Handicap became a Group 1 race in 1979, with Earthquake Mcgoon winning that year.

During its long history, a number of famous horses have won this event, including recent winners Newport in 2008, Speed Gifted in 2009, Hurculian Prince in 2010, and The Verminator in 2011.  The Verminator had a convincing win in the 2011 race, nearly three lengths ahead of Hawk Island in second and Lamasery in third.

2011 The Metropolitan Result


1. The Verminator

2. Hawk Island

3. Lamasery

4. Ironstein

5. Red Eye Special

6. Lodge The Deeds

7. Trusting

8. Tullamore

9. Spechenka

10. Crafty Irna

11. Herculian Prince

12. Illustrious Blue

13. Home On A Wing

14. Stand To Gain

15. Praecido

16. Splendid Honours

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Past Results


Year     Winner                        Status              Distance


2011     The Verminator                         Group 1            2400m

2010     Herculian Prince            Group 1            2400

2009     Speed Gifted               Group 1            2400m

2008     Newport                       Group 1            2400

2007     Not Held                      Group 1            2400m

2006     Tawqeet                       Group 1            2400m

2005     Railings                        Group 1            2400m

2004     County Tyrone              Group 1            2400m

2003     Bedouin                       Group 1            2400m

2002     Victory Smile                Group 1            2400m

2001     Dress Circle                 Group 1            2400m

2000     Coco Cobanna                         Group 1            2600m

1999     Vita Man                      Group 1            2600m

1998     In Joyment                   Group 1            2600m

1997     Heart Ruler                   Group 1            2600m

1996     Hula Flight                    Group 1            2600m

1995     Electronic                     Group 1            2600m

1994     Glastonbury                 Group 1            2600m

1993     Zamination                   Group 1            2600m

1992     Te Akau Nick                Group 1            2600m

1991     Lord Revenir                 Group 1            2600m

1990     Donegal Mist                Group 1            2600m

1989     Hunter                          Group 1            2600m

1988     Natski                          Group 1            2600m

1987     Balciano                       Group 1            2600m

1986     Born To Be Queen        Group 1            2600m

1985     Spritely Native              Group 1            2600m

1984     Hayai                           Group 1            2600m

1983     Hayai                           Group 1            2400m

1982     Nicholas John              Group 1            2600m

1981     Belmura Lad                 Group 1            2600m

1980     Brindisi                                    Group 1            2600m

1979     Earthquake Mcgoon     Group 1            2600m

1978     Ming Dynasty               Principal race    2600m

1977     Sir Serene                    Principal race    2600m

1976     Battle Heights               Principal race    2600m

1975     Bon Teint                     Principal race    2600m

1974     Passetreul                    Principal race    2600m

1973     Analie                          Principal race    2600m

1972     Altai Khan                    Principal race    2600m

1971     Oncidon                       Principal race    13F

1970     Tails                             Principal race    13F

1969     Tails                             Principal race    13F

1968     Wiedersehen                Principal race    13F

1967     General Command        Principal race    13F

1966     Duo                             Principal race    13F

1965     Striking Force               Principal race    13F

1964     Piper’s Son                  Principal race    13F

1963     Galerus                        Principal race    13F

1962     The Dip                        Principal race    13F

1961     Waipari                        Principal race    13F

1960     Red Wind                     Principal race    13F

1959     Macdougal                   Principal race    13F

1958     Monte Carlo                 Principal race    13F

1957     Straight Draw               Principal race    13F

1956     Redcraze                      Principal race    13F

1955     Beaupa                        Principal race    13F

1954     Commodore                 Principal race    13F

1953     Carioca                        Principal race    13F

1952     Dalray                          Principal race    13F

1951     Delta                            Principal race    13F

1950     Conductor                    Principal race    13F

1949     Count Cyrano               Principal race    13F

1948     Buonarroti Boy                         Principal race    13F

1947     Murray Stream              Principal race    13F

1946     Cordale                        Principal race    13F

1945     Murray Stream              Principal race    13F

1944     Nightbeam                   Principal race    13F

1943     Main Topic                   Principal race    13F

1942     Grand Fils                    Principal race    13F

1941     Dashing Cavalier          Principal race    13F

1940     Beau Vite                     Principal race    13F

1939     Feminist                       Principal race    13F

1938     Royal Chief                  Principal race    13F

1937     Sir Regent                    Principal race    13F

1936     Young Crusader           Principal race    13F

1935     Oro                              Principal race    13F

1934     Waikare                        Principal race    13F

1933     Regal Son                    Principal race    13F

1932     Denis Boy                    Principal race    13F

1931     Strength                       Principal race    13F

1930     Cragford                      Principal race    13F

1929     Loquacious                  Principal race    13F

1928     Jocelyn                        Principal race    13F

1927     Murillo                          Principal race    13F

1926     Star Stranger                Principal race    13F

1925     Bard Of Avon               Principal race    13F

1924     Polycletan                    Principal race    13F

1923     Sir Andrew                   Principal race    13F

1922     Speciality                     Principal race    13F

1921     Laddie Blue                  Principal race    13F

1920     Pershore                      Principal race    13F

1919     Rebus                          Principal race    12F

1918     Kennaquhair                 Principal race    12F

1917     Cagou                          Principal race    12F

1916     Quinologist                  Principal race    12F

1915     St. Carwyne                  Principal race    12F

1914     St. Spasa                     Principal race    12F

1913     Cagou                          Principal race    12F

1912     Duke Foote                  Principal race    12F

1911     Malt King                     Principal race    12F

1910     Eric                              Principal race    12F

1909     Maltine                                     Principal race    12F

1908     Mooltan                       Principal race    12F

1907     Mooltan                       Principal race    12F

1906     Solution                       Principal race    12F

1905     Maniapoto                    Principal race    12F

1904     Alias                            Principal race    12F

1903     Marvel Loch                 Principal race    12F

1902     Queen Of Sheba           Principal race    12F

1901     San Fran                      Principal race    12F

1900     Reviver                                    Principal race    12F

1899     Cremona                      Principal race    12F

1898     Cravat                          Principal race    12F

1897     Survivor                       Principal race    12F

1896     The Skipper                  Principal race    12F

1895     Nobleman                    Principal race    12F

1894     Projectile                      Principal race    12F

1893     Paris                            Principal race    12F

1892     Althotas                       Principal race    12F

1891     Yowi                            Principal race    16F

1890     Little Bernie                  Principal race    16F

1889     Abercorn                      Principal race    16F

1888     Lamond                       Principal race    16F

1887     Cardigan                      Principal race    16F

1886     The Bohemian              Principal race    16F

1885     Acolyte                        Principal race    16F

1884     Sir Modred                   Principal race    16F

1883     The Gem                      Principal race    16F

1882     Masquerade                 Principal race    16F

1881     Hesperian                     Principal race    16F

1880     The Pontiff                   Principal race    16F

1879     Secundus                     Principal race    16F

1878     Democrat                     Principal race    16F

1877     Amendment                  Principal race    16F

1876     Nemesis                       Principal race    16F

1875     Goldsbrough                Principal race    16F

1874     Sterling                        Principal race    16F

1873     Horatio                                    Principal race    16F

1872     Dagworth                     Principal race    16F

1871     Rosebud                      Principal race    16F

1870     Croydon                       Principal race    16F

1869     Circassian                    Principal race    16F

1868     The Barb                      Principal race    16F

1867     Tim Whiffler                  Principal race    16F

1866     Bylong                                     Principal race    16F

1865     Volunteer                     Principal race    16F

1864     Tarragon                      Principal race    16F

1863     Regno                          Principal race    16F

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