The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas is the second part of a two part racing centerpiece that features in the Magic Millions Carnival. Paired with the Magic Millions 2yo Classic the race takes place on the Saturday at the conclusion of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
History Of The Magic Millions 3 Year Old Guineas
The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas first ran in 2001 and celebrates over 20 years of history in the 2021 edition of the race.
The Guineas is the partner race of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic which together form the headline act of the Magic Millions Carnival. Both races boast an impressive $2 million prize pool for entrants.
Given the youthful nature of the race the 3yo Guineas has had a very steady background having always been run over 1400m at the Gold Coast as part of the carnival. The Gold Coast Turf Club has hosted the race under strict set weight conditions and is restricted to horses purchased at the Magic Millions sales.
Runners in the MM 3yo Guineas have come from all backgrounds and gone on to have strong careers in the world of horse racing.
In 2015 Deiheros trained by Kerrie Vantijn won the 3yo Guineas at a purchase price of just $6500 and went on to amass over $750,000 in prize money. The gelding was the lowest cost racehorse to ever win the race with many past winners costing in excess of 6 figures.
When Deiheros won the Magic Millions Guineas in 2015 the prize money for the race was $820,000. It was increased slightly to $1m the following year before an overhaul by Racing Queensland saw the prize pool increased to $2,000,000 where it sits today.
Both the Magic Millions 2yo Classic and the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas now have prizes of $2m which accounts for $4m of the $10m in prizes available on the last day of the Magic Millions Carnival. At one time the prize fund available made the Magic Millions raceday the richest racecard in Australia.
Race Venue For The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas
The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas is held at the Gold Coast Turf Club in January of each year and is part of a two day carnival hosted around the Magic Millions Yearling sale.
Racing on the Gold Coast has been taking place since the late 1800s where racing took place over a dirt track roughly 5 minutes outside the Surfers Paradise holiday resort. Over more recent years racing was transferred to a turf track when facilities were installed properly in the mid 1900s.
The Gold Coast Turf Club plays host to thoroughbred race meets all year round with up 60 meetings held at the track each year.
Despite hosting the glamorous and wealthy Magic Millions Racing Carnival the Gold Coast Racecourse doesn’t host any Group 1 races at this time. It does hold a number of claims to quality black type racing however with the A.D Hollindale and Bat Out Of Hell races being prominent features of the calendar.
Races at the Gold Coast can be held between 900m and 3200m with the aforementioned Bat Of Hell Handicap being the shortest richest race in Australia with prize money of $125,000.
The Gold Coast Turf Club offers a great local track with metro facilities for punters who don’t want to tackle the crowds of Doomben or Eagle Farm when heading to the City. Through the Magic Millions Carnival it also gives an added dimension to the Australian Racing Calendar by offering quality racing away from the state capitals.
Race History Of The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas
Despite only having run the race in the past 20 years or so the race history isn’t that long with only 20 previous winners of the race. However in saying that there have been some great stories as well as runners to come out of the race.
As mentioned before Deiheros was purchased at the Magic Millions Yearling sales for just $6500. After winning the 3yo Guineas Deiheros went on to amass over $750k in prize money, over 100 times the original sale price.
In 2017 we saw the longest odds of any winner of the race as trainer John Moloney saw Flying Jess salute for his stable at odds of $101. In what was considered a boilover by anyone's standards the filly overcame hot favourite Global Glamour for the Gai Waterhouse stable who had been in tremendous form.
Other notable winners of the race have included the likes of Pierata, Sweet Idea and Mahuta who have all gone on to have Group 1 success outside of the Magic Millions Carnival. Pierata in particular has had an assault on Group 1 racing since his triumph in 2018 going on to win the Missile and Sydney Stakes.
The most controversial winner of the MM Guineas was Alligator Blood in 2020. The story starts when the horse was being transported to the track and got stuck in traffic between Brisbane and the Gold Coast after a tanker overturned. The race was held up 40 minutes to allow the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas to be completed with a full field.
After the race was won Alligator Blood was triumphant before several months later he was disqualified for a questionable sample that showed a banned substance. Eleven Eleven was eventually named the winner of the race with Godolphins Exhilarates named runners up.
The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas is a greater demonstration of the 3 year old talent available at the yearlings sale each year.
For punters it gives a great indication of talented runners who can go on to contest bigger black type racing across the Sydney and Melbourne Carnivals later in the year.