The Magic Night Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies that takes place in late March at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditons and worth $175,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Magic Night Stakes was won by Sunlight from Cristobal with Sweet Ava third.
|Date:||Saturday 17th March 2018|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||2yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Magic Night Stakes is run seven days before the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and gives two-year-old fillies their last chance to qualify for the Slipper, as the winner of this race is exempt from any Slipper ballot. Two-year-old fillies contesting this race may come via the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick two weeks earlier and Victory Vein (2002) was the last filly to win both races.
The Magic Night has not been a good guide to Golden Slipper winners of late with Victory Vein (2002) the closest in recent times when she managed to finish second, while Portillo (2008) & Media (2005) both went on to run third in the Slipper.
Two-year-old fillies who plan to run in the Golden Slipper may use this event as their final lead up race. Indian Ocean (2009) finished 13th in the Slipper while Marquardt (2nd in 2009) went on to run a respectable sixth in the premier 2yo event.
Any quality fillies might consider a rise in distance to a race like the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes against the males at Randwick. Peggy Jean (2nd in 2014) won the Sires at her next start after finishing runner-up in the Magic Night Stakes.
Tulip (2017) finished fourth in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield in Melbourne before heading to Sydney to win this event and recent Magic Night Stakes winners include Calliope (2016) and Speak Fondly (2015).
1. $1.35 Sunlight 55.5 Luke Currie
2. $14.00 Cristobal 55.5 Tye Angland
3. $13.00 Sweet Ava 55.5 Brenton Avdulla
4. $31.00 Secret Lady 55.5 Tim Clark
5. $91.00 Kara’S Hope 55.5 Adam Hyeronimus
6. $31.00 Lilith 55.5 Joshua Parr
7. $81.00 Perfect Pitch 55.5 Glyn Schofield
8. $41.00 Futooh 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $21.00 Into The Abyss 55.5 Christian Reith
10. $101.00 Laila De Vega 55.5 Michael Dee
11. $21.00 Setsuna 55.5 Stephen Baster
12. $31.00 Terminology 55.5 Corey Brown
Margins: 1.3 len, 0.5 len
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|2016||Calliope||Omei Sword||Twist Tops||1:09.7|
|2014||Bring Me The Maid||Peggy Jean||Sultry Feeling||1:12.7|
|2012||Ichihara||Cavalry Rose||Flying Snitzel||1:10.7|
|2011||Altar||Pane In The Glass||Aerobatics||1:11.8|
|2010||Willow Creek||More Strawberries||Celts||1:11.1|
|2009||Indian Ocean||Marquardt||Shawnee Girl||1:10.7|
|2008||Portillo||Sugar Babe||Delta Girl||1:11.9|
|2007||Downhill Racer||Camarilla||Gamble Me||1:10.7|
|2006||Gold Edition||Nediym's Glow||Catechuchu||1:11.6|
|2005||Media||Carry On Cutie||Blizzardly||1:09.4|
|2004||Alizes||Tahni Girl||Monsoon Wedding||1:09.5|
|2003||Shamekha||Bella Corona||Soak Up The Sun||1:10.6|
|2002||Victory Vein||Calaway Gal||Stratica||1:10.0|
|1999||Countess Christie||Forest Express||Danglissa||1:10.5|
|1997||Regal Chamber||Empower||Keeping Up||1:10.0|
|1996||Precious Glitter||Dashing Eagle||La Snippette||1:10.1|
|1995||Pontal Lass||Millrich||Show Of Force||1:10.4|
|1993||Bint Marscay||Tristalove||Miss Prospect||1:09.7|
|1990||Draw Card||Lusso||Wrap Around||1:14.2|
|1989||Fickle Hostess||Perfect Evening||Dazzling Flyer||1:13.3|
|1988||Comely Girl||Research||Silver Stardom||1:12.2|