Waller Accepts With Six In The Metropolitan

Field Of 13 For Saturday’s Race

A field of 13 stayers have accepted for the $750,000 The Metropolitan (Gr 1, 2400m) at Randwick on Saturday, with premier trainer Chris Waller represented by six horses in the race.

Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital) (Hugh Bowman), Storm The Stars (Sea The Stars) (Brenton Avdulla), Grand Marshal (Dansili) (Craig Williams), Junoob (Haafhd) (Craig Newitt), Sacred Master (Mastercraftsman) (Tommy Berry) and Antonio Giuseppe (Shocking) will all run in The Metropolitan for Waller.

Rival trainer John O’Shea also has multiple runners in the race, with Godolphin’s retained jockey James McDonald partnering last start Hill Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) fourth placegetter Magic Hurricane (Hurricane Run).

The European import drew barrier three for his fourth start back from a spell.
“He’s better suited under the handicap conditions here than he was at weight-for-age last start when he still ran well,” O’Shea said.

The Godolphin-owned stablemate Allergic (Street Cry) will back up in The Metropolitan after winning the Queen’s Cup (registered as Colin Stephen Quality) (Gr 3, 2400m) at Rosehill last Saturday.

Melbourne-based apprentice Michael Dee will ride Allergic, who has just 51.5 kilograms in the race, on Saturday from barrier two.

“We have no hesitation running him on consecutive Saturdays, he came out of last weekend’s race so well,” Godolphin Australia managing director Henry Plumptre said after yesterday’s barrier draw.

“He’s a proven 2400 metre horse and he’s in form.”

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