|Date:||Saturday 13th Jan 2018|
|Race Time:||15:55 AEST|
|Location:||Gold Coast Turf Club|
|Race Type:||2YO Set Weights|
|2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Odds|
|1||JONKER||#3||HUGH BOWMAN||DAVID ATKINS||ODDS|
|2||EF TROOP||#18||M MCGILLIVRAY||TONY GOLLAN||ODDS|
|3||QUAKERJACK||#19||KOBY JENNINGS||MARK NEWNHAM||ODDS|
|4||LEGISLATION||#7||DAMIAN BROWNE||P&P SNOWDEN||ODDS|
|5||FULLAZABOOT||#5||TYE ANGLAND||STUART KENDRICK||ODDS|
|6||CROCKETT||#10||JAMIE KAH||TONY MCEVOY||ODDS|
|7||BONDI||#20||BLAKE SHINN||P&P SNOWDEN||ODDS|
|8||SKYRAY||#8||JASON COLLETT||CLARRY CONNERS||ODDS|
|9||MERYL||#5||CHRISTIAN REITH||LEE CURTIS||ODDS|
|10||SECRET LADY||#11||BEN MELHAM||GARY PRTELLI||ODDS|
|11||SUNLIGHT||#15||LUKE CURRIE||TONY MCEVOY||ODDS|
|13||OUTBACK BARBIE||#6||JIM BYRNE||TONY GOLLAN||ODDS|
|14||ANTHEMOESSA||#4||JORDAN CHILDS||MATT CUMANI||ODDS|
|15||WITHERSPOON||#12||COREY BROWN||BRAD WIDDUP||ODDS|
|16||WHISKEY SHOOTER||#9||TIM CLARK||WATERHOUSE/BOTT||ODDS|
|17 EM1||PAQUIRRI||#17||TBA||GARY MOORE||ODDS|
|19 EM3||SPIRIT'S PRIDE||#1||TBA||MICHAEL NOLAN||ODDS|
|20 EM4||SUGAR SIZZLE||#16||RYAN PLUMB||ANGELA PLUMB||ODDS|
|21 EM5||CATASTROPHIC||#13||TBA||CHRIS MUNCE||ODDS|
Remaining undefeated after two starts in NSW, the David Atkins trained colt ticks plenty of boxes statistically and historically to win the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Jumping from gate 2 if the emergencies are not required, he follows a similar path to the 2016 winner Capitalist who also took out the Wyong Millions prior to winning the Gold Coast Millions from gate 2.
Recently awarded the world’s best jockey title, Hugh Bowman has been booked for the ride and will look to add to his 2 previous wins in the race.
A son of the former “Boom Brother” Spirit Of Boom, the Tony Gollan trained gelding was dealt a blow when slammed with gate 18 at the barrier draw.
He can move in as close as 13 which is not as bad and his get out and go style was successfully employed by the 2017 winner Houtzen when jumping from gate 16.
Racing for the first time at Gold Coast, Ef Troop has trialled on the track when recording a 20 length victory. If he can find the front he will have the field chasing.
The chestnut stepped out on debut early in the season when finishing down the track behind Performer the Listed Breeders Plate.
Given a break the son of Not A Single Doubt returned in fine fettle at Kembla when winning a 1000m maiden. Taken to Randwick second-up he was a half-length winner over Secret Lady when hitting the line strongly from a mid-field position.
Landing gate 19 he will need plenty of things to go his way.
A debut winner back in October in the Kirkham Stakes over 1000m at Randwick, Queensland based Damian Browne rode the colt that day when settling just behind the speed and then sprinting strongly to take the win.
Given a let-up following the win, the colt returned at Randwick when just under two length from Quackerjack.
Browne goes back aboard and the winkers go on for the first time on the most expensive sale purchase that will start in the Classic.
Trained at Sunshine Coast by Stuart Kendrick, the Sepoy colt has drawn the widest gate to really deflate the hopes of connections.
The colt was a debut winner at Doomben over 1110m back in October when racing on the pace and then forging clear to record a 3.5 length victory.
With his runs spaced he then finished 2nd in a 2YO handicap at Doomben when starting favourite and beaten just under one length. The carpark draw hurts.
The South Australian trained colt has been campaigning in Queensland for the past month for Tony McEvoy with two starts in that time.
A debut winner at Morphettville back in October, his first Brisbane start was at Doomben when a five length 2nd to Ef Troop in the Phelan Ready.
Starting equal favourite in the BJ McLachlan, the colt was never in the hunt when down the track behind Meryl. McEvoy has made a raft of gear changes attempting to get the best out of the Jami Kah mount.
The second of the Snowden runners, the Snitzel colt has snuck into the field with placings in his only two race starts but his chances took a huge knock when landing gate 20 at the barrier draw.
Finishing 2nd in the Listed Breeders Plate on debut, he was saved for the Wyong Magic Millions race for his second career start. Settling just behind the early speed in the small field he held 3rd behind Jonker.
Blake Shinn keeps the ride and will be looking for his 2nd Gold Coast Magic Millions trophy for the Snowden’s after winning aboard Capitalist in 2016.
Clarry Conners is a master trainer of young horses, but it his last Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic win came back in 2006 with Mirror Mirror.
Skyray debuted in the Wyong Millions when making good late ground from back in the pack to grab 2nd behind Jonker. On a nine-day back-up his next start was a mid-field finish behind Quackerjack at Randwick.
He only just snuck in to the field when well-down in the ballot order but the master trainer cannot be under-estimated and the blinkers go on for the first time.
Three horses in the past eight years have secured the BJ McLachlan/Magic Millions Classic double and two of those have been fillies.
Meryl will look to join that list following her three-quarter length victory in the McLachlan when settling mid-field before coming with a well-timed run to score.
The Curtis trained filly is also well-placed to secure the lucrative Racing Women bonus. $365,000 will be paid to the first all-female owned/leased filly past the post, which Meryl is.
Also in line for the Racing Women bonus which will see $500,000 available in total, Secret Lady will feature the 2017 Golden Slipper winning combination of trainer Gary Portelli and jockey Ben Melham.
The Choisir filly won second-up in the 1100m Golden Gift at Rosehill when leading throughout for a 1.3 length victory. Given an easy month thereafter, Portelli gave her a trial before returning with a half-length 2nd to Quackerjack over 1100m at Randwick.
Moving in to gate 10 if the emergencies are not required, the filly should be able to work across to a handy position having been ridden at the front in each of her three career starts.
The second of Tony McEvoy’s two runners, Sunlight has been strongly supported in early trading to take out the Millions, including a bet of $5,000 at $4.20.
After making her debut in the Maribyrnong Plate Trial in early October, McEvoy put the filly away and her next appearance was in a Gold Coast trial where she narrowly defeated Outback Barbie.
Since that trial Sunlight has won two races, the first at 900m when posting a 4.75 length winning margin and then over 1100m when carrying 58kg in winning by 4.5 lengths. The only runner in the field to have raced at Gold Coast where both wins were recorded, the Zoustar filly is also eligible for the Racing Women bonus.
A chestnut filly by Snitzel, Nomothaj made her debut in the Maribyrnong Plate Trial in early October down the Flemington straight when scoring a narrow victory over Ranier and Sunlight.
Trained out of the Randwick stable of Hayes/Dabernig, the filly has since trialled twice in Sydney to experience the right-handed way of racing, the latest trial a tidy effort when posting a two length winning margin over 1045m.
Stephen Baster will be aboard once again after partnering the filly on debut and they will jump from gate 1 with the third emergency out and will race in blinkers for the first time.
The 2nd of the Gollan trained Spirit Of Boom’s in the race, Outback Barbie was a winner at her only appearance in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at Doomben over 1110m.
First seen in a Gold Coast trial on December 7, the form out of that trial has been franked with Sunlight taking the trial and winning her past two, Outback Barbie winning on debut and Dram of Delago who finished 3rd in the trial placing 2nd behind Sunlight in debut.
Jim Byrne stays aboard the filly that has drawn gate 6 with her dam by the former Millions winner General Nediym.
The only Victorian trained runner in the field, it has been a long-time between drinks for the Vics in winning the Gold Coast Magic Millions, the last being Testa Rossa back in 1999.
Trained by Matt Cumani, the Smart Missile filly finished 2nd at her first race start in the right-handed Millions race at Ballarat when finishing 5.5 lengths behind the talented La Pomme de Pin.
Last seen at Caulfield over 1100m, the filly was beaten one length behind Ollivander when racing in the speed and will jump from gate 4 to give her the chance to settle in a forward position.
A Racing Women bonus contender, Witherspoon made her debut when finishing mid-field in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes when jumping from the widest gate in the field of 16.
Trainer Brad Widdup then set the filly for the Calaway Gal at Doomben and with Corey Brown up the Exceed And Excel filly was sent to the post as favourite. Settling mid-field she hit the line in good style to finish just under one length from the winner Outback Barbie.
Sent further forward in the BJ McLachlan, Brown led them up over the 1200m and was run-down in the closing 75m in finishing one length from Meryl.
A Sebring filly, Whiskey Shooter just sneaks into the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic with a victory in a 2YO fillies maiden at Canterbury just 8 days prior to the big dance.
Stepping out over the 1100m journey, Tim Clark was in the saddle and had the filly settled near the rear before launching a well-timed sprint to arrive on the line for a narrow victory.
Trained by the Waterhouse/Bott combination who are looking for their first Millions success in partnership, Gai knows how to win the race, having trained the winner on four previous occasions in her own right. The last Millions win for Waterhouse was in 2012 with the filly Driefontein.
|2017||HOUTZEN||JEFF LLOYD||TOBY EDMONDS||01:09.49|
|2016||CAPITALIST||BLAKE SHINN||P & P SNOWDEN||01:09.2|
|2015||LE CHEF||LUKE TARRANT||DARRYL HANSEN||01:10.7|
|2014||UNENCUMBERED||NATHAN BERRY||BJORN BAKER||01:09.6|
|2013||REAL SURREAL||MICHAEL CAHILL||KELSO WOOD||01:09.9|
|2012||DRIEFONTEIN||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:09.4|
|2011||KARUTA QUEEN||TOMMY BERRY||NEVILLE LAYT||01:11.0|
|2010||MILITARY ROSE||STATHI KATSIDIS||GILLIAN HEINRICH||01:10.2|
|2009||PHELAN READY||JASON HOLDER||BRUCE MCLACHLAN||01:10.0|
|2008||AUGUSTA PROUD||CLARE LINDOP||LEON MACDONALD||01:09.4|
|2007||MIMI LEBROCK||HUGH BOWMAN||BART CUMMINGS||01:09.9|
|2006||MIRROR MIRROR||DANNY BEASLEY||CLARRY CONNORS||01:09.8|
|2005||BRADBURY'S LUCK||HUGH BOWMAN||GRAEME ROGERSON||01:09.4|
The Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic was first held in 1987 and has always been held at set weights. The race forms part of the Magic Millions carnival which incorporates the Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is fully restricted to horses that have been sold or passed-in at one of the Magic Millions sales. Magic Millions along with Racing Queensland introduced a revamped Queensland Summer Racing Carnival in 2017, increasing the prizemoney on offer to make it Australia’s first $10 million raceday.
In 1988 the race was split to hold separate sex divisions for fillies and for colts & geldings and in 1991 was reverted back to a mixed sex race. Held in January every year, the race is the first of three million dollar races for 2YO’s, the other two being the Blue Diamond at Caulfield and the Golden Slipper at Rosehill.