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Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival 2018

The much anticipated 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival will take place in January with the exciting Gold Coast Magic Millions race day falling on Saturday 13th January 2018 at the picturesque Gold Coast racecourse in Queensland.

Offer $10M in prizemoney for participants, the 2018 Magic Millions Raceday is Australia’s richest race meeting, ranking in the world’s top 10, as part of a seven-year partnership until 2022 in an exciting racing initiative for the Magic Millions Racing Queensland Summer Carnival.

The Magic Millions carnival is held annually each January and has become an integral part of the Australian racing calendar and injects around $90 million-plus into the local economy.

High profile buyers from around the world, as well as leading Australian trainers, descend on the Gold Coast Sale each January. Yearlings purchased from the sale often go on to become elite gallopers at the highest level before becoming valuable stallions and broodmares after retirement.

magic millions Magic Millions 2yo Classic odds - magic millions Magic Millions 3yo Guineas odds

The $2,000,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic and $2,000,000 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas are the highlights of Magic Millions raceday on Saturday 13th January 2018 at the Gold Coast race track, with only graduates of the Magic Millions Sales eligible to contest each event.

2018 Magic Millions Raceday Guide

A total of 9 races will be held on 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast in Queensland with a total of $10,000,000 in prizemoney on offer.

2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Day

Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Magic Millions 2YO Classic $1,940,000 1200m 2yo
Magic Millions 3YO Guineas $1,940,000 1400m 3yo
Magic Millions Sprint $970,000 1200m 3yo&Up
Magic Millions Cup $970,000 1400m Quality
Magic Millions Trophy $970,000 2200m Quality
Magic Millions Fillies & Mares $970,000 1300m F&M
Magic Millions QTIS Open $970,000 1300m Quality
Magic Millions Maiden $242,500 1200m 3yo&Up
Magic Millions Country Cup $242,500 1200m Quality

Saturday 13th January 2018 - Gold Coast Racecourse

All races on the Magic Millions program are restricted to horses nominated to the Magic Millions Race Series, with the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, 3YO Guineas and Magic Millions Cup holding Restricted Listed status.

As part of the Magic Millions Racing Women’s initiative, an additional $500,000 in bonus prizemoney is on offer in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, to the first four all female owned or leased horses past the post.

The supplied Magic Millions race day details are not official and we highly recommend you visit the official Magic Millions website to ensure the the most up-to-date information.

Gold Coast Racecourse

The Gold Coast race track has very short runs to the first turn from the 1000m and 1200m starts, and slightly longer runs for the 1300m and 1400m starts which is where most races on Magic Million's day commence from. The Stayer's Cup begins from the 1800m chute which has a reasonable run to the first turn.

Racing at the Gold Coast is clockwise and the track circumference is 1885 metres, while the staight length is 400 metres which provides a good run home.

Gold Coast racecourse Track map

Gold Coast Track Map

Houtzen wins 2017 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

I Am Invincible filly Houtzen defied her barrier 16 gate to lead all the way to victory in the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Trained on the Gold Coast by Toby Edmonds and ridden by veteran jockey Jeff Lloyd, Houtzen was too speedy for her rivals and provided a popular result for her local connections.

Runner-up was Gerald Ryan's Snitzel colt Chaffeur, ridden by Joshua Parr, with Lindsay Park's Exceed And Excel filly Madeenaty, ridden by Mark Zahra, third.

Houtzen ran the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic in a time of 1:09.49 for the 1200m trip.

2017 Magic Millions 2yo Classic result

1. $4.00 Houtzen 55.0 Jeff Lloyd
2. $19.00 Chauffeur 57.0 Joshua Parr
3. $9.00 Madeenaty 55.0 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $17.00 Goodfella 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $26.00 Invader 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $9.00 Invincible Star 55.0 Tim Clark
7. $31.00 Champ Elect 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $101.00 Real Princess 55.0 Tye Angland
9. $8.00 Ours To Keep 57.0 Damian Browne
10. $61.00 Bring It Home Pop 57.0 Luke Tarrant
11. $41.00 Madame Moustache 55.0 Blake Shinn
12. $151.00 Arrestar 57.0 Damian Lane
13. $4.00 From Within 55.0 Hugh Bowman
14. $19.00 Falconic 57.0 Koby Jennings
15. $151.00 Saxton Rock 57.0 Robbie Fradd
16. $21.00 Cellargirl 55.0 James Orman

Margins: 0.5 len, 2.3 len
Time: 1:09.49

Capitalist (2016) went on to win the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in March to become the first colt ever to claim the Magic Millions 2yo Classic & Golden Slipper Stakes double.

Flying Jess snares 2017 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

Hinchinbrook filly Flying Jess stormed home at $101 to score an upset win in the 2017 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast. Ridden by Tye Angland and trained at Caulfield by John Moloney, the three-year-old ran the 1400m journey in a time of 1:21.23.

In second place was Star Witness filly Global Glamour, trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and piloted by Tim Clark. Third place went to I Am Invincible filly Eckstein, from the Goulburn stable of Kurt Goldman, ridden by Brenton Avdulla.

2017 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas result

1. $101.00 Flying Jess 55.0 Tye Angland
2. $8.50 Global Glamour 57.0 Tim Clark
3. $12.00 Eckstein 54.5 Brenton Avdulla

then followed
4. $1.65 Winning Rupert 58.0 Jeff Lloyd
5. $61.00 Faraway Town 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $21.00 River Racer 54.0 Robbie Fradd
7. $9.00 Miss Wonderland 54.0 Craig Williams
8. $26.00 Candika 54.0 Paul Hammersley
9. $201.00 Mr Markou 56.0 Blake Shinn
10. $71.00 Crack Me Up 56.5 Damian Browne
11. $101.00 Pipeline 56.0 Damian Lane
12. $31.00 Dam Ready 56.0 Mark Zahra
13. $26.00 Arbeitsam 56.0 Joshua Parr
14. $81.00 Rare Occurrence 54.0 Ryan Wiggins
15. $101.00 Tiyatrolani 54.0 Jim Byrne
16. $101.00 Heart Skipt A Beat 54.0 Glen Colless

Margins: 0.3 len, 0.3 len
Time: 1:21.23

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2yo: Two-year-old
3yo: Three-year-old
3yo&Up: Three-year-old an upwards
F&M Hcp: Fillies and Mares handicap
SR: Stakes Race
RR: Eligible only by Magic Millions purchase