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The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race

The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race is the penultimate race that is run for The Epsom Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse every April.

Offering six marvellous flat races, The Epsom Spring Meeting is a must-see horse racing meeting that features The Blue Riband Trials race, which offers its winner a guaranteed run in the following Epsom Derby.

Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey provides the perfect Spring setting for this magnificent race day every year, allowing up to 130,000 spectators to witness the action at a time thanks to its public access on The Epsom Downs.

This year’s edition of The Epsom Spring Meeting will take place on Tuesday the 20th of April 2021. For all of The Epsom Spring Meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race is a Class 3 handicap flat race that serves as the fourth race of The Epsom Spring Meeting every April.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race is the longest race of the day, running 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

£20,000 was in the purse last time out which was shared accordingly between the first four horses to successfully complete the race. Here’s how much each placement position received:

1st place – 11/4 Soto Sizzler (GB) – £12,450

2nd place – 6/1 Eddystone Rock (IRE) – £3,728

3rd place – 9/2 Maybe Today (GB) – £1,864

4th place – 10/1 Emenem (GB) – £932

The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race will begin at around 15:20 on Tuesday the 20th of April 2021.

Runners

The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race is always an exceptionally exciting race where the runners provide a thrilling atmosphere as they fight for glory on Epsom grounds.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Epsom’s Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Not So Sleepy (GB) – seventh-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-8 – ridden by jockey Ryan Moore and trained by Hughie Morrison
  2. Fire Fighting (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-8 – ridden by jockey William Buick and trained by Mark Johnston
  3. Reshoun (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 8-9 – assigned jockey Jim Crowley and trained by R Mike Smith
  4. Mount Tahan (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-5 – ridden by jockey Shane Gray and trained by Kevin Ryan
  5. Maybe Today (GB) – third-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Simon and Ed Crisford
  6. Manjaam (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote and trained by Ian Williams
  7. Eddystone Rock (IRE) – second-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-0 – ridden by jockey James Doyle and trained by John Best
  8. Guns Of Leros (USA) – eighth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-0 – ridden by jockey Hector Crouch and trained by Gary Moore
  9. West Drive (IRE) – twelfth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 8-12 – ridden by jockey Shane Kelly and trained by Gary Moore
  10. Soto Sizzler (GB) – first-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 8-9 – ridden by jockey Oisin Murphy and trained by William Knight
  11. Akamanto (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 8-9 – not assigned a jockey – trained by R Mike Smith
  12. Medalla De Oro (GB) – fifth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 8-8 – ridden by jockey Luke Morris and trained by Tom Clover
  13. Noble Expression (GB) – tenth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 8-8 – ridden by jockey Isobel Francis and trained by Jim Boyle
  14. Emenem (GB) – fourth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 8-7 – ridden by jockey David Egan and trained by Simon Dow

Tips

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Odds

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Odds for The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race last time out ranged from 11/4 for the race favourite Soto Sizzler up to 50/1 for the longest outsider Noble Expression.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race at The Epsom Spring Meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race last time out for The Epsom Spring Meeting was 11/4 race favourite Soto Sizzler, ridden by jockey Oisin Murphy and trained by William Knight.

6/1 priced Eddystone Rock finished three and a quarter lengths behind Soto Sizzler in second place, followed by 9/2 priced Maybe Today in third place and 10/1 outsider Emenem in fourth.

2018

At The Epsom Spring Meeting in 2018, the winner of The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race was 5/1 second favourite Royal Line, ridden by jockey James Doyle and trained by John Gosden.

8/1 priced Golden Wold finished two and three-quarter lengths behind Royal Line in second place, followed by 12/1 outsider Fire Fighting in third place and 9/2 race favourite Shabeeb in fourth.

2017

11/10 race favourite Galapiat won The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Franny Norton and trained by Mark Johnston.

25/1 outsider Whinging Willie finished four and a half lengths behind Galapiat in second place, followed by 12/1 priced Barwick in third place and 7/1 priced William Hunter in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Great Metropolitan Handicap Flat Race at The Epsom Spring Meeting was 16/1 outsider Barwick, ridden by jockey S J Drowne and trained by George Baker.

25/1 outsider Whinging Willie finished a length and a half behind Barwick in second place, followed by 9/2 second-favourite Prendergast Hill in third place and 14/1 priced Leah Freya in fourth.

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