The Metropolitan Field & Barrier Draw

The Metropolitan Barrier Draw She's Ideel (right) (PA Images)

The final field and barrier draw for Saturday’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick, will be declared on Tuesday, 27th September 2022. 


Preview our assessment of last years field and barrier draw.

A capacity field of 18 is set to face the starter with three emergencies also named for the 2400m staying event.

The David Payne-trained four-year-old Montefilia is one of the main attractions for this year’s edition of The Metropolitan.

She has had the ideal preparation leading into the race with a first up third placing in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m). Montefilia then ran second to She’s Ideel in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m).

Montefilia is a dual Group 1 winner having won the Flight Stakes (1600m) and Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) as a three-year-old. She has drawn barrier 17 with Hugh Bowman to ride.

She’s Ideel will once again battle Montefilia in The Metropolitan.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the six-year-old mare finished second in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) won by Sir Dragonet back in April. She was third in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at her first spring campaign run before running seventh in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

She’s Ideel seeks back-to-back wins after her 1.31-length victory in the Kingston Town Stakes. She will jump from gate 15 with Jason Collett riding.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s five-year-old gelding Entente has drawn barrier four with Tim Clark in the saddle.

Entente chased home She’s Ideel and Montefilia in the Kingston Town before backing up in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) where he was a 1.66-length winner over Young Rascal.

See below for the full field and barrier draw.

2021 The Metropolitan barrier draw and final field

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 8 58kg
2 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 57.5kg
3 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 18 57kg
4 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller TBA 6 57kg
5 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 19 56kg
6 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Sam Clipperton 13 56kg
7 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Regan Bayliss 12 56kg
8 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 17 55.5kg
9 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith James McDonald 20 55.5kg
10 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Glen Boss 21 55.5kg
11 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 16 55.5kg
12 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 15 55kg
13 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 5 54kg
14 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 52.5kg
15 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 11 52kg
16 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 7 51kg
17 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 50kg
18 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 9 50kg
19e LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 2 50kg
20e ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 3 50kg
21e LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Jean Van Overmeire 14 50kg