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AJC Metropolitan Handicap

Race Name Grade Track
AJC Metropolitan Handicap 1 Randwick Racecourse AJC Metropolitan Handicap

AJC Metropolitan Handicap

The AJC Metropolitan Handicap is a Gr 1 Australian horse race run at open handicap conditions in early October each year by three-year-old thoroughbreds and older over 2400m at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. With a purse of AUD$600,000, this is one of the feature races of the annual Sydney Spring Carnival.

Inaugurated over 140 years ago, the AJC Metropolitan Handicap is one of the most prestigious races in Australia. Also known as 'The Metropolitan' or the 'Metropolitan Handicap', the race is called the AJC Metropolitan Handicap to avoid confusion with races with the same name in the U.S. and South Africa.

The AJC Metropolitan Handicap is run on the same day as the equally prestigious 1600m Epsom Handicap, which is renowned for drawing the nation's best milers. While since the race's inception, many world class thoroughbreds have delivered sterling victories, none have managed to win the coveted Treble.

The Australian Treble consists of the AJC Metropolitan, the 2400m Caulfield Cup (Gr 1) and the 3200m Melbourne Cup (Gr 1). In the AJC, horses that triumph are usually top handicappers as opposed to gallopers. Many trainers use the 2000m Kingston Town Stakes (Gr 3) as a prep race for the AJC Metropolitan.

A notable AJC Metropolitan winner includes 1956 victor, Redcraze, a superb New Zealand-bred racehorse that won many races across Australia and New Zealand. In fact, out of 85 starts Redcraze chalked up 32 wins, 11 second places and 9 third places. 2008 winner, Newport, dazzled under jockey Peter Wells.

AJC Metropolitan Handicap - Past Winners

2004 County Tyrone
2005 Railings
2006 Tawqeet
2007 Race cancelled due Equine flu outbreak
2008 Newport

AJC Metropolitan Handicap - Betting

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