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.
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. Prize money for the race is worth $2,000,000.
2023 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas Race Details
Date Of The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas: 14/1/23
Venue For The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas: Gold Coast Racecourse
Time Of The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas: TBA
Recommended Online Bookmaker To Bet On For The Magic Millions 3yo Guineas: Ladbrokes
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.
Runners in the Magic Millions 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.
Magic Millions 3YO Guineas 2022 Details, Results & Recap
The Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in 2022 was won by King Of Sparta who was a $4.00 favourite to win the race and won under the ride of jockey Nash Rawillier for the Peter and Paul Snowden stable who had won the MM 3YO Guineas the year before with Aim.
The Lead Up To The 2022 Magic Millions Three Year Old Guineas
The Magic Millions 3YO Guineas is the second of two central races that headline the Magic Millions festival held on the 15th January in 2022. The Magic Millions Raceday allows runner bought at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales to compete for $10m in prize money across nine designated races.
In 2022 the winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas had been a perennial place getter in recent starts with an ultra consistent form line where he had finished third in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes and third in the Listed Gosford Guineas after missing the start.
The 3YO Guineas presented King of Sparta his best chance to win the $2m contest which is held in January every year. His mid range barrier as well as the booking of Nash Rawiller to ride moved King Of Sparta into $4 favourite to win the Magic Millions 3YO contest.
Punters and bookies alike got the form correctly aligned as King Of Sparta won the 2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas when he broke clear of the pack and went on to win for the Snowden Stable.
2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Results
The winner and final placings of the 2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas which were run on the 15th January 2022 at Gold Course Racecourse are as follows:
1st - 3. King Of Sparta - 56kg - $4.00
2nd - 11. Me Me Legarde - 54.5kg - $8.50
3rd - 18. Socialist - 54kg - $26.00
2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Race Recap
The Magic Millions Three Year Old Guineas 2022 was classed as one of the most open versions of the race there had been with runners like I Am Lethal, Jamaea, Shihonka and King of Sparta all showing as good options in the market.
When the gates crashed back for the $2m feature race at the Gold Coast there was early jostling for position with Ducktail Diva and Indiscreetly taking up the running while race favourite King Of Sparta sat just worse than midfield.
There was little movement in the race throughout as Ducktail Diva continued to lead the field but as they came round the final bend at the Gold Coast Racecourse all runners fanned out wide on the track as they were about to launch there challenges.
With the field still relatively close on entering the final turn there were multiple chances to win the 2022 Magic Millions Three Year Old Guineas with Socialist mounting a challenge up the inside, Snitz On Fire coming from midfield but it was King Of Sparta who would loom most threatening.
At the 100m marker King of Sparta had kicked three clear of the chasing pack with an impressive turn of foot and little movement from Rawiller to go through the gears. The only other runner to mount a challenge was that of Me Me Legarde who attempted to run down the Snowden 3YO.
The runners crossed the line with the King Of Sparta winning the 2022 Magic Millions Guineas beating home Me Me Legarde by one and a half lengths and Socialist who headed the rest of the field three lengths back.
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.
|Year||Magic Millions 3yo Guineas Winners|
|2022||King Of Sparta|
|2008||Heart Of The Citi|