Top 5 The Metropolitan Winners
The Metropolitan (2400m) is the leading Sydney spring race for the stayers and has been won by some top gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 The Metropolitan winners since 1990.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some quality gallopers.
1. RAILINGS (2005)
Railings was one of the better horses that John Hawkes trained and claimed the Metropolitan in 2005, en route to winning the Caulfield Cup (2400m) that year. He was one of few horses that Hawkes trained during that time that was for owners outside of the Ingham’s. Other career highlights came earlier that year when he was placed in the Australian Derby (2400m). He raced 42 times for seven wins.
2. TAWQEET (2006)
Like Railings a year earlier, Tawqeet went on to claim victory in the Caulfield Cup after winning the Metrop that year. The imported galloper revived memories of the 1994 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner, Jenue, who that race for the David Hayes stable. Like Railings, he was unable to win another race but came 3rd in the 2007 Australian Cup (2000m) and 5th in the 2007 Caulfield Cup.
3. COUNTY TRYONE (2004)
County Tyrone was the first ever Group 1 winner for Newcastle trainer, Kris Lees, who now heads one of the leading stables in NSW. The evergreen galloper came down the middle of the Randwick track to knock over Itemise in the last 50m of the 2004 edition of the race. He was a bit of a warhorse, racing 87 times for just the nine wins but three of those were in Group 1 company. His others were the 2002 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the 2006 Sydney Cup (3200m).
4. GLENCADAM GOLD (2012)
Like many Metropolitan winners, Glencadam Gold, failed to fire after winning the Group 1 in 2012 but gets in to the top five on the back of a four length winning margin that year. He was sent out as favourite in the Caulfield Cup after that but failed to fire, running 15th. However, he produced a respectful performance in the Melbourne Cup behind Green Moon, running 6th and was a Newcastle Cup (2350m) winner earlier that preparation.
5. TE AKAU NICK (1992)
Te Akau Nick was the first Group 1 racehorse for champion trainer Gai Waterhouse and won the Metropolitan in 1992. He is well remembered for his performance in the 1993 Melbourne Cup when sent out at the massive odds of 160/1. He looked home at the 200m mark in that race but was run down by Vintage Crop, who was the first ever foreign trained galloper to win the Cup, paving the way to change the landscape for the race that stops a nation into the international event that it is today.