Magic Millions Horse Racing

2017 MAGIC MILLIONS DAY OVERVIEW

The 2017 Magic Millions will be Australia’s first ever $10 million race-day and will see capacity fields in all nine races. UBET will offer a monster quaddie with a guaranteed $1.5m pool.

The quaddie will be on races 6-9, taking in the Magic Miilions Cup, the 3YO Guineas, the 2YO Classic and the Sprint. All races look to have plenty of chances, with the exception of the Guineas where Winning Rupert looks to already have the trophy in his keeping.

Race 1 is the $250,000 Maiden Plate and Regimental Force will be calling on his family connection to open his winning account. Regimental Gal is the dam of the 3YO colt and she was a winner of the Magic Millions Classic back in 2003 before going on to win two Group 1 races in her career.

Race 3 is the UBET Magic Millions QTIS Open. In 2016 this race was taken out by the mighty Buffering for Rob Heathcote. Not only is the race restricted to horses meeting the Magic Millions criteria, it also only for QTIS eligible horses. 4YO mare Madotti will contest Magic Millions day for the third consecutive year. As a 2YO she finished 4th to Le Chef in the Classic, as a 3YO she finished 5th to Mahuta. Where can she finish in 2017?

Dual G1 winner Stratum Star will have to carry 61kg if he is to take out the Magic Millions Trophy which is race 4. Trainer Darren Weir tasted success at Gold Coast in 2016 when Mahuta took out the Guineas and he is back looking for more Millions success. Michelle Payne will also be on the glitter strip and she will ride the Pat Duff trained Show Command jumping from gate 5.

Tony Gollan will be looking to maintain state pride when he saddles Most Important in the Magic Millions Cup. Most Important has been in great form, winning his past three starts and in the process taking out the $500,000 Queensland Summer Crown for sprinters.

Winning Rupert has also secured the $500,000 Queensland Summer Crown, taking the title for 3YO’s. Trained by Bjorn Baker who has had previous success in the 2YO Classic, Winning Rupert is undefeated in five career starts and looks to have a stranglehold on the race. Jeff Lloyd has ridden the flashy chestnut in each of his five previous starts and the pair will jump from gate 6.

Ours To Keep is undefeated in three career starts and if he were to be successful in the 2YO Magic Millions Classic, he will create history for his trainer Chris Munce. He is aiming to become the first to have ridden a Magic Millions winner and also trained the winner. Ours To Keep can also secure connections an extra $500,000 as he is the only horse eligible to win the Queensland Summer Crown 2YO bonus following wins in the Phelan Ready Stakes and the B J McLachlan Stakes.

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.



2017 MAGIC MILLIONS RACE RESULTS

2017 MAGIC MILLIONS RACE RESULTS


MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC RESULTS
RESULT RUNNER WIN ODDS PLACE ODDS
1ST 11 HOUTZEN $3.50 $1.90
2ND 4 CHAUFFEUR $5.30
3RD 8 MADEENATY $3.10

MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS RESULTS
RESULT RUNNER WIN ODDS PLACE ODDS
1ST 8 FLYING JESS $73.10 $12.70
2ND 2 GLOBAL GLAMOUR $2.30
3RD 9 ECKSTEIN $2.60

MAGIC MILLIONS INFORMATION

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.