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RNSW handicapper comments on weight for The Metropolitan

A total of 86 nominations have been weighed for the Group 1 Heineken 3 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) to be staged at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 3rd October 2020.

This year’s edition will be run with a 50.0kg minimum weight and has a total prizemoney purse of $750,000.

Mustajeer (GB) has been allotted the topweight in the race with 58.0kg. He is the winner of the 2019 Ebor Handicap (2787m) at York (GB) as well as running 2nd in the WFA Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) behind Verry Elleegant at Rosehill Gardens.

Next in the weights with 57.0kg is Finche (GB) who has an excellent record over the staying distances. This includes a 7th beaten only 1.4L in the 2019 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington and a 5th beaten only 1.6L in the 2019 Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

His most recent run was 3rd beaten only 0.7L 1st up in the WFA Group 2 Chelmsford (1600m) at Randwick.

Young Rascal (Fr) and Mugatoo (Ire) will be asked to carry 56.0kg this year - both are very lightly raced with exceptional records that include wins both in Australia and overseas.

Etah James (NZ) is the highest rated mare and will be asked to carry 53.5kg. This represents a 2kg penalty on weight carried when most recently winning the 2020 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick.

The full list of weights

Mustajeer (GB), picture Sportpix.com.au

A total of 94 nominations have been weighed for the 155th running of The TAB (Group 1) Epsom Handicap (1600m).

This year’s edition of The TAB (Group 1) Epsom Handicap (1600m) will be run with a 50.0kg minimum weight and a 48.0kg minimum weight for three-year-olds, with a total prizemoney purse of $1,000,000.

The honour of joint topweights has been given to three-time Group 1 winners Fierce Impact (Jpn) and Avilius (GB) who have been asked to carry 58.0kg.

Fierce Impact (Jpn) is the winner of the 2019 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), the 2019 Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) and the 2020 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Avilius (GB) is the winner of the 2019 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), the 2019 Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) and the 2019 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

Next in line on 57.5kg is Dreamforce, a winner of the 2020 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and the 2019 and 2020 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

Other notable nominations are the 2019 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) reigning champion Kolding (NZ) with 56.5kg. Kolding (NZ) also won the inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) in 2019.

The recent Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes winner (1600m) Mister Sea Wolf (Ire) will carry 56.0kg.

The highest weighted mare is four-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant (NZ) who has been allocated 57.5kg. Verry Elleegant (NZ) won the 2019 Group 1Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), the 2019 Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m), the 2020 Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) and the 2020 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m).

Dual Group 1-winning mare Con Te Partiro (USA) will carry 55.5kg.

Dreamforce with 57.5kg is exempt from the ballot due to his win in the 2020 edition of the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) along with Wild Planet on 53.0kg who won the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

There are 10 three-year-olds nominated with the 2020 Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) winner Farnan allocated 50.5kg and the 2020 Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) winner Tagaloa asked to carry 48.5kg - all others have been allocated 48.0kg, the minimum weight for 3yos.

A total of 43 entries have been allocated weight above the minimum.

The full list of weights

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