David Hayes Frustrated by Lack of Victorian Path to Magic Millions
Perhaps David Hayes has a point when he draws attention to the fact that there is a dearth of races for two-year-olds in Victoria as a means to qualify horses for the Magic Millions in January.
A look at the thoroughbred racing calendar for December shows only Doomben in Brisbane with the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes on the final day of the year, which would also entail an interstate journey for Hayes.
There are lesser quality two-year-old races in December, three at Moonee Valley on December, two at Flemington on December 17 and one final race at Moonee Valley on December 31, none of which would serve to qualify horses for the Magic Millions on January 17.
Hayes will find it necessary to take a team of horses to Sydney in order to gain entry to the Gold Coast race. There are no group races for two-year-olds there either, but it is the closest venue for Hayes.
It does seem odd that Victoria offers no definitive path to the Magic Millions, given its historical place in the thoroughbred racing arena.
Trainers understandably want to be a part of the 2017 Jeep magic Millions Raceday, with more than $10 million in prize money on the line. Winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast Turf Club is prestigious as well as lucrative, and has often served as the launching pad for many a great thoroughbred’s career.