The Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Gold Coast to be run on 11/1/2020.
This race enjoys a prominent spot on the Thoroughbred racing calendar because it is run during a time when most of the racing is quiet, save for a few Group grade races in Victoria and Western Australia.
The Magic Millions Classic, run by the Gold Coast Turf Club each January is eligible for 2YO's who were bought at the Magic Millions Sale. The race is conducted under set weights.
The race offers Group level prize money, but is classified as Listed due to the unique characteristic of being restricted to two-year-old Thoroughbreds bought at one of four magic Millions auctions.
The race is relatively new by comparison to some of the traditional big fixtures, such as the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup. It was first run in 1987, it has always been a 1200-metre sprint and it has always enjoyed plenty of punter attention.
The race was at one time was split into two races, gender restricted, but since 1991 has been mixed sex.
The first winner was Snippets in 1987. He is now a 35-year-old senior citizen that enjoyed a brief, but productive career, winning nine times with two seconds from 14 races, including the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick, the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and The Galaxy at Randwick.
1987 Magic Millions Race Won By Snippets
Testa Rossa, the 1999 winner, also won a Sires’ Produce at Flemington and five other Group 1 races.
It was 2004 before a galloper won the Magic Millions/Golden Slipper double, when Dance Hero crossed first in both and went on to a productive career that backed the double with the Randwick Sires’ Produce and remarkably, a Group 1 win in 2004, when it appeared he was past his prime, from a results perspective, at least, where he beat legendary sprinter Miss Andretti.
The next to fill the double was Phelan Ready in 2009. He would win only two more times in Doomben and Eagle Farm handicaps, but his prize money haul was over $3.7 million because he made 59 starts.
Finally, Capitalist doubled in 2016. He never won again from two more races before his connections decided he was good stallion material.
Houtzen was the winner in 2017. Now five, she may race again, but by comparison, she suffers and last won at Listed level at Doomben in 2018. Notable is that she is of the same sire, I Am Invincible, that was selected to service Winx. Winx is due to foal for the first time in spring of 2020.
Sunlight won in 2018. She has won three Group 1s. She had a narrow miss in the Golden Eagle, good for $1.5 million in prizemoney, after a disappointing 10th in last year’s The Everest.
Last year’s MM 2YO Classic winner, Exhilarates, ran 14th in the Golden Slipper, but she still seems to have some future potential, as Goldolphin will give her every chance.
Exhilarates Winning Last Years 2019 Magic Million Classic
Snippets was paid $515,000 of $670,000 for winning in 1987. Dance Hero earned $570,000 from a pool of $820,000 in 2004. Phelan Ready made $1.14 million from a pool of $1.64 million in 2009. Capitalist earned $1.2 million from $1.89 million in 2016.
Last year’s winner, Exhilarates, received $1.2 million from a total prize pool that hit the $2 million level.
Again in 2020, the race is worth $2 million dollars.
Past Winners2019 - Exhilarates
2018 - Sunlight
2017 - Houtzen
2016 - Capitalist
2015 - Le Chef
2014 - Unencumbered
2013 - Real Surreal
2012 - Driefontein
2011 - Karuta Queen
2010 - Military Rose
2009 - Phelan Ready
2008 - Augusta Proud
2007 - Mimi Lebrock
2006 - Mirror Mirror
2005 - Bradbury's Luck
2004 - Dance Hero
2003 - Regimental Gal
2002 - Lovely Jubly
2001 - Excellerator
2000 - Assertive Lad
1999 - Testa Rossa
1998 - Catnipped
1997 - General Nediym
1996 - Winger Charger
1995 - Zephyrz
1994 - Brave Warrior
1993 - Our Fiction
Magic Millions - Golden Slipper Double
Horses that have won the Magic Millions Classic – the Golden Slipper double Capitalist 2016 Phelan Ready 2009 Dance Hero 2004
2020 Magic Millions 2YO Classic
As any racing punter can report, betting on any two-year-old Thoroughbred race is a tough punt. There is little form to serve as a guide and for any given two-year-old, it is difficult to predict which version will appear on the day of the race.
Savvy punters seldom engage in straight all-in betting, preferring to hedge and back multiple runners.
Depending on the bookmaker employed, an all-in bet before the final field of 16 is declared and the barriers drawn could lead to a stake loss before the race jumps.
Most adepts will wait until the pre-race parade before making the final plunge. They are willing to sacrifice the larger dividends offered when the markets go up in exchange for knowing that the backed horse will run.
All that said, the current top five with our selected bookie, Sportsbet, are Aim ($6), King’s Legacy ($7), Farnan ($8), Every Rose ($9) and Conceited ($11).
For some context, 2019 winner Exhilarates jumped the $4 favourite. Second place finisher Dubious left the barrier at $7.50. Third went to second favourite Hightail ($5.50) and fourth went to Czarson ($7).
Peter and Paul Snowden’s bay colt by Star Witness from Vintage Strike has taken the track for two unimpressive trials and wins at Rosehill and Randwick, a two-year-old maiden and a two-year-old handicap.
He beat five shorter priced horses first out, including Chris Waller’s Blondeau ($2.20), when starting at $15. In his next race, he jumped $6.50, beating three shorter priced runners.
Another Snowden horse, King’s Legacy is by Redoute’s Choice from Breakfast In Bed. He ran third in the maiden won by Aim, jumping $20. He won the Group 3 B J McLachlan Stake, beating co-favourites Every Rose and Blondeau (both $2.70).
Unbeaten in one trial and races at Canberra and Wyong, the product of Not A Single Doubt from Tallow jumped a short favourite in his first race and second favourite to Every Rose ($2.35) in the Magic Millions Classic at Wyong.
This is the top filly. She is by Choisir from Couredge. She won her first race, the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes, rather easily over 1000 metres at Randwick. She ran second to Farnan at Wyong and second to King’s Legacy in the G J McLachlan. In that race, she led at the 800 and the 400 before King’s Legacy ran her down.
This is a Godolphin horse with one race, a win in a two-year-old handicap at Flemington over 1100 metres on 14 December. He is by Brazen Beau from Classy Chloe.
He jumped the $3.60 favourite and won by a neck.
Worth noting is that while he is the fifth line with Sportsbet, Laddies is offering him on the ninth line for $14.
Punting on a two-year-old race might be the most challenging wager in the challenging arena of Thoroughbred racing. Our top 3 selections are ....
Our top pick is from proven sire Redoute’s Choice and has won at Group 3 level.
His maiden win over the much shorter priced Chris Waller horse Blondeau showed us that he has the ability and he also beat King’s Legacy in the same race, which only demonstrates the lack of logic that goes into picking the winner of a juvenile.
We like the sire and Farnan’s two wins suggest he has reserves we have yet to witness. He is unbeaten and we think Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse will have him prepared properly and peaking at the ideal moment.