Magic Millions Meeting Eagerly Anticipated High Stakes Racing
This weekend will feature the Magic Millions meeting, with the two top races being the 3YO Guineas and the main feature the 2YO Classic.
Coming as it does during the summer desert of thoroughbred racing, it is an eagerly anticipated return of top racing and now that the prizemoney pool for the meeting has climbed above $10 million, the big stables, significant trainers and top jockeys make the trek to Gold Coast, eager to capture some swag and bragging rights before the return of major racing action to New South Wales and Victoria.
The final field for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic has been announced.
It is true that five of the juvenile’s in Saturday’s race have never been beaten, but that is a somewhat dubious distinction, because none of them has done much racing and even those who have a few races next to their names could have won against gallopers that will not come into their own for another year or two.
The barrier draw will be held soon at Surfers Paradise, and then the betting markets will start to take form.
Twenty-one horses, with a field of 16 and five emergencies have been declared.
Chris Waller does not have a horse in the field, which is a mild surprise;given that his barns must be bursting with young talent, but the Snowdens will field Legislation and Bondi.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have Whiskey Shooter in the field for sure and Terminology could get in as an emergency.
Tony McEvoy will start two, those being Crockett and Sunlight.
Early odds quotes on Ladbrokes show Ef Troop and Sunlight as $4 co-favourites and Jonker at $5 is the only other with a single digit quote.
Punters’ money will shape the odds as the race gets closer to the jump and it can be expected that things will shift considerably as money starts coming into the field.