The Metropolitan is one of the better staying form guides in Sydney and with a loose favourite, punters will get great odds for every runner.
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the staying feature at Randwick on Saturday.
The Metropolitan 2018 final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for The Metropolitan 2018
Miss Admiration @ $7 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
High Bridge @ $8 – BET NOW
Wall of Fire @ $14 – BET NOW
The Metropolitan 2018 Form Guide & Tips
Auvray ($18) – BET NOW
Has shown ability on the big stage before and he comes into this with a second placing in the Newcastle Cup, but he’s drifting significantly in the betting and that’s never a good sign from this stable.
Big Duke ($11) – BET NOW
Has been set for this race and that was a nice performance for fifth last start. Surprised to see him at double-figure odds but that shows the even nature of this race.
He doesn’t win as often as he used to but we wouldn’t sleep on his chances.
Libran ($11) – BET NOW
Some rain is expected to fall and that would bring Libran right into contention. His record doesn’t suggest that he likes some moisture but he enjoys the sting out of the surface.
Expect his price to shorten if the rain comes.
Wall of Fire (Best Roughie – $14) – BET NOW
Former Kiwi runner which is now stabled with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Showed good form in New Zealand at the age-group stakes level and there’s some confidence in the market.
Has trialed well in Melbourne so don’t discount fresh up.
Sedanzer ($20) – BET NOW
Best form has come in the provincial Cup circuits but there’s no denying her talent and she’s another type which is paying good odds and could attract some attention late in the betting.
Patrick Erin ($13) – BET NOW
Former New Zealand stayer, now with Chris Waller. Hasn’t shown his best since crossing the Tasman but stepping up to the 2400m is ideal and if they run this race genuinely, he could finish over the top.
$13 is an OK price.
Midterm ($14) – BET NOW
Former international runner which improved nicely to run second behind High Church at Caulfield last start.
Was always going to improve with time and he could be a sneaky winning chance based on his European form.
Alward ($35) – BET NOW
Just hasn’t kicked on this year after showing plenty of potential in 2017. Looks well-held at this level and we don’t think he will attract much attention.
Miss Admiration (Best Bet – $7) – BET NOW
Came to Sydney to get some much-needed experience at the staying distances and that proved telling last start when she won by 1.8 lengths at Rosehill.
The Mick Price-trained four-year-old has been begging for the 2400m and she showed what she can do. Having matured also helped and although she was better value at $9 when markets opened, $7 is still a solid price.
Brimham Rocks ($5.50) – BET NOW
Nice import for Chris Waller which has had every chance to win in Australia but continues to find one or two better.
Big run behind Avilius last start but he will need a good ride from Kerrin McEvoy from barrier 15. Consider but the $5 is far too short.
Sin To Win ($27) – BET NOW
Hasn’t been overly bad in two runs back this campaign and he has always performed well over the staying distances.
Unsure that this is the race he should be heading towards, but carrying 50kg brings him into calculations at odds.
The Lord Mayor ($14) – BET NOW
Placed in the New Zealand Derby and justified his favouritism tag when winning at Rosehill last time out.
The Waller-trained four-year-old has produced consecutive wins now and he’s heading in the right direction. This could be a step too far, but we wouldn’t put a line through his chances.
Nettoyer ($67) – BET NOW
Hasn’t won for a long time and that’s unlikely to change here. At odds and they should only continue to drift.
Just Shine ($34) – BET NOW
Third behind Carzoff last start and prior to that he didn’t get close to The Lord Mayor. Unlikely to test these and it would need some luck.
Sikandarabad ($20) – BET NOW
Consistent type in Melbourne but he doesn’t do himself any favours in the run. Likes to sit off the pace, which could help in this race but the lack of experience right handed is a concern.
$20 is too short. Look for $30 on the day.
High Bridge (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
Continues to attract attention in the betting after opening at $11. Has midweek form but has looked impressive in two Australian runs.
Ran through the line with ease last time out after not getting much luck in the straight and the imports should always be highly considered over the staying distances.
Big chance at $8.
Opposition ($35) – BET NOW
Interesting import which still has improvement to come but Opposition might find some of his opposition too tough this time around.
Jake’s Hill ($101) – BET NOW
Yet to fire in Australia and it’s hard to see that changing here.
Romanesque ($41) – BET NOW
Doesn’t look likely to figure in the finish.