Magic Million Facility Needs Facelift as Much as Prizemoney

Why is everybody hating on Queensland thoroughbred racing.

So, they had a bit of an issue at Eagle Farm. Out grass is not exactly what anyone would mistake for a golf course. It is more along the lines of a long-abandoned burial ground.

Now, we understand that there is dissatisfaction amongst the ranks with regard to the Magic Millions.

Just two years ago, in 2015, right then, going on three years ago, the prizemoney for the races that accompany the sales was only $3.4 million. Last year, it hit the $10 million level. We had a good year in 2017, or so we thought until we read that last bit.

The big issue, at least in the minds of the racing intelligentsia, is that there is a lack of staying races, with much more attention paid to the sprints.

In our humble opinion, there are some three-year-olds that could take on 1800, 2000, 2200 or 2400 metre races, but the racing public’s obvious preferences for sprints has dictated that the breeders are reluctant to produce the sturdy short suited for longer races.

A quick glance at the thoroughbred racing calendar proves the point.

There were four races in September of 2000 metres or more, 15 in October and 11 in November of 2017.

True staying races of two miles are limited to three for the entire year, the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Cups.

We are only looking at the Group quality races. To sure, there are some staying races of Black Type, but if it were to be subjected to stringent analysis, it is quite probable that the relationship between sprints and staying races would be similar.

Stamina does seem to be being incorporated into pedigrees, with progeny from notable stayers, such as Animal Kingdom, Dundeel, Adelaide, So You Think and Reliable Man, but until there are racing programmes to accommodate a fresh batch of stayers, the lack of a race of 1800 m on the Magic Millions card is not surprising in the least.

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