With nine races set down for decision, the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions race-day will see $9.5 million up for grabs along with various bonuses that have the potential to be secured.
The Racing Women bonus will see an additional $500,000 on offer. The bonus will be distributed to the connections of the first four ‘all female owned or leased horses’ past the post.
Pierata has the potential to win the 3YOUBET Summer Crown and is the only hope to secure one of the three bonus’ that were on offer. If the Greg Hickman trained colt can win the Magic Millions Guineas he will pocket connections an added bonus of $500,000.
The 2YO Crown will go without a winner after Meryl won the BJ McLachlan, while the Sprinters Bonus will also go vacant again in 2018.
With capacity fields in all nine races, UBET have you covered with plenty of great offers. There is money back offers on Races 1-5 and Race 8 (see T’s& C’s), a mammoth $1.5 million guaranteed quadrella pool, a $75,000 guaranteed treble pool and a $100,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on race 9. Grab your slice of the Magic on offer.
|RACE NO||RACE NAME||RACE TIME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE||RACE CODE|
|1||MAGIC MILLIONS MAIDEN PLATE||11:40AM AEDT||-||$250,000||1200m||MAIDEN SW||BR01|
|2||MAGIC MILLIONS COUNTRY CUP||12:15PM AEDT||-||$250,000||1200m||OPEN HCP||BR02|
|3||MAGIC MILLIONS QTIS OPEN||12:50PM AEDT||-||$1,000,000||1300m||OPEN HCP||BR03|
|4||MAGIC MILLIONS TROPHY||1:25PM AEDT||-||$1,000,000||2200m||OPEN HCP||BR04|
|5||MAGIC MILLIONS FILLIES & MARES||2:00PM AEDT||-||$1,000,000||1300m||SW+P||BR05|
|6||MAGIC MILLIONS CUP||2:35PM AEDT||RL||$1,000,000||1400m||OPEN HCP||BR06|
|7||MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS||3:15PM AEDT||RL||$2,000,000||1400m||3YO SW+P||BR07|
|8||MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC||3:55PM AEDT||RL||$2,000,000||1200m||2YO SW||BR08|
|9||MAGIC MILLIONS SNIPPETS||5:45PM AEDT||-||$1,000,000||1200m||SW+P||BR09|
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott look to have a strangle-hold on the opening race and the market reflects that. Dinnigan was as short as $1.50 in early trading.
The quote appears justified following the 3YO’s last start 2nd behind Pierata in the Vo Rogue Plate, with another Guineas contender Goodfella finishing 3rd. The only other runner under double-figures is the Gerald Ryan trained Problem Solver who is resuming.
Conca Del Songo comes to town for Rockhampton trainer Tim Cook, with wins in 7 of his past 8 starts. Despite that fact he is on the sixth line of betting.
Suggan Buggan was at the top of the market early for Rob Heathcote and has been freshened since the 4YO’s last start back on November 18. Damien Oliver looks to have a strong book of rides and will aboard Lomazzo for Kris Lees that trialled nicely at Newcastle recently.
The Liam Birchley trained Havasay has been well supported to take out the QTIS open handicap which is the first $1m race of the day.
The 5YO will have to overcome a wide gate to be successful and has never won at the distance from 5 attempts. Mishani El Lobo will have admirers following his last start 2nd to Perfect Dare at Gold Coast when beaten less than one length.
Tight betting tussle for the 2200m Trophy with Sedanzer and Payroll the only two that punters have been interested in.
Sedanzer has been well tried with bets of $2,000 at $3.60 and then a further $2,000 at $3.40. The 4YO mare will have Tim Clark in the saddle and has never won further than 1600m so the trip will pose a query.
Payroll is a last start Caulfield winner at Listed level when taking out the Lord Stakes at 1700m when scoring by 1.75 lengths when carrying 58kg. Oliver will take the ride at 57.5kg from gate 10. Endless Days is a last start winner over this track and trip and drops 2.5kg from that effort.
Proven G1 performer Global Glamour returns and will have to lump 60.5kg if she is to be successful. Sent for a spell following a mid-field finish in the G1 Myer Classic in Spring, the mare has trialled twice in good style for her return.
Pretty Fast is on the 2nd line of the market, with the Snowden trained filly getting 6kg from Global Glamour and will jump from the inside gate. Jim Byrne takes the ride on the last start Listed Mode Plate winner.
The Danny O’Brien trained Merriest will be second-up and has a record of 3 wins from 4 attempts when 2 runs in.
Lucky Hussler returns to Millions Day for his 5th appearance at his 49th career start. The 8YO will have to carry 61kg and jump from gate 18 if he is to land his 2nd win on the Gold Coast track.
Up and coming 4YO Care To Think heads the market and has been well tried including a bet of $2,000 at $3.50. Jeff Lloyd will ride the son if So You Think for trainer Matthew Dunn that has won both starts this campaign, including The Buffering last start when defeating Most Important.
Crack Me Up is a last start winner of the G2 Villiers in Sydney when defeating Cabeza de Vaca. While Arbeitsam was in hot touch through the winter with 3 successive wins including the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury will jump from gate 1.
Corey Brown leads the UBET Summer Crown Jockeys Challenge and a win aboard the favourite Pierata can help him towards taking the title.
The will would also see Pierata secure $500,000 on top of the $1.2m prizemoney for taking the 3YO UBET Summer Crown. The Pierro colt has been well-supported and will have his first race start at Gold Coast from gate 1.
The Team Hawkes trained Wild Heart is a last start winner of the Wyong Millions 3&4YO when defeating Single Bullet by a half-length. Sasso Corbaro is yet to miss a cheque in five appearances and is on the second line of the market for Kris Lees.
Sunlight has been the best supported in early trading and the Zoustar filly is the only runner to have raced at Gold Coast. A win would see the filly also secure the Racing Women bonus.
Jonker will be looking to secure the Wyong/Gold Coast Millions double with the 2016 winner Capitalist the last to complete. Ef Troop is the other runner that is contesting favouritism with those three the only runners under double figure odds.
With the race restricted to horses that have passed through the Magic Millions sale ring, the highest priced in the race is the Snowden trained Legislation that was knocked down for $525,000. The cheapest purchase was Jonker who was a $45,000 buy.
The most expensive yearling to go on to victory in the 2YO Classic has been Bradbury’s Luck back in 2005 who changed hands for $225,000.
Named after the first ever Magic Millions winner, the race is held under conditions of set weights plus penalties.
A strong field of sprinters has been assembled for the race and the market is headed by last start Group 1 winner Viddora. Gaining plenty of frequent flyer points the 5YO mare from South Australia was a narrow 2nd in the G1 Moir at Moonee Valley in September before securing victory at the elite level in the Winterbottom Stakes at Perth’s Ascot track.
Dothraki will have plenty of supporters owing to his name and is also a two-time winner on the track. Egyptian Symbol has trialled strongly on two occasions to prepare for this race.
Kaepernick resumes and is a three-time winner first-up, while best of the ‘locals’ looks to be the emerging talent of 3YO Snitzkraft who is a last start winner of the Falvelon.
|RESULT||RUNNER||WIN ODDS||PLACE ODDS|
|RESULT||RUNNER||WIN ODDS||PLACE ODDS|
|1ST||8 FLYING JESS||$73.10||$12.70|
|2ND||2 GLOBAL GLAMOUR||-||$2.30|
The Magic Millions is one of the biggest Australian Thoroughbred racehorse sales in Australia. Taking place on the Gold Coast in Queensland each January, it spans across eight days and attracts buyers from Hong Kong, Europe and the Middle East.
Originating back in 1986, the event has had its ups and downs over the years. If it wasn’t for a couple of entrepreneurs, retail mogul Gerry Harvey and advertising giant John Singleton, the Millions would have gone bust in the mid 90’s. On the brink of bankruptcy, both Harvey and Singleton took it upon themselves to return the event to its former glory. Through better funding, smarter advertising and wider coverage, the Magic Millions has become one of the premier horse auctions around the globe. In recent years, the Godolphin stables, which are owned by the ruling family of Dubai, have been prominent buyers at the auction, purchasing over a dozen thoroughbreds in the last decade.
Some champion horses have been a product of the Millions sales and gone on to be very successful, not only on the Australian circuit, but also at an international level. Mahogany was sold in 1992, and went on the win both the Group 1 Victoria Derby and the Group 1 Australian Derby.
Subzero was part of the 1990 auction, going on to win the Group 2 Adelaide Cup and then performed on the grandest stage in Australian Horse Racing, winning the 1992 Melbourne Cup.
It is not only the horses that star at this event. Some of Australia’s best trainers make the trek to the ‘Glitter Strip’ to be a part of equine history. They include Melbourne Cup winner Gai Waterhouse, Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate champion David Hayes, and the legendary Lee Freedman, who has won the race that stops a nation five times.
Of course, the Magic Millions Sales are complimented by rich racing at the Southport track and form a part of the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival. The major events of the race day are the 2YO Magic Millions Classic and the 3YO Magic Millions Guineas . A host of other races restricted to horses which have gone through the MM sales ring round out the Magic Millions Race Day.