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With plenty of sun, plenty of surf and a huge whack of cash, Racing Queensland and Magic Millions have skillfully turned their annual Gold Coast race day into one of the bigger events on the Australian racing calendar.

With nearly $10 million up for grabs across the card, the day becomes the major target for many Magic Millions graduates. The highlights are the two $2 million races; the 2YO Classic and the 3YO Guineas. So let’s have a quick run through the form and see if we can’t find ourselves a winner or two.

Race 7: Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m)

Plenty of speed on offer here, with Whypeeo way out in barrier 16 likely to fly out and attempt to cross them all. He won’t be alone there, with almost every runner outside of gate 10 possessing some level of natural speed, so there’ll be plenty in his wake hoping to get a tow in. Closer in, Pierata and Magnufighter in the two inside gates will be pushing through to join the leaders.

1 Pierata
Gregory Hickman / Corey Brown
Barrier 1, 57kg
Form: 4137×121
Early favourite with punters and continues to shorten. A couple of impressive wins this prep including the Group 3 Vo Rogue last start, with only defeat by 0.2 lengths to the impressive Whypeeo. Going beautifully, draws the paint, will land in a nice spot. Favourite for very, very good reason.
2 Goodfella
Bjorn Baker / Jason Collett
Barrier 6, 56.5kg
Form: 124×811083
Got a fair way back in the Vo Rogue before rattling home to finish third. Had a couple of average performances prior to that, but two brave wins early in the prep at Randwick. Could figure here and a decent shout at double-figure odds.
3 Whypeeo
Toby Edmonds / Blake Shinn
Barrier 16, 56.5kg
Form: 1411×318
Disappointing in the Vo Rogue after the prior win at Doomben. Has quality but the 1400m may not be his go. Races keenly and will be up the front.
4 Curdled
Peter Robl / Jim Byrne
Barrier 4, 56.5kg
Form: 3x2521x329
Had a listed win last prep but hasn’t quite lived up to that this campaign. Was fairly brave a couple of starts back at Rosehill, being held up and carrying 61kgs. A winner at the distance and not without a hope, though the map doesn’t look too kind.
5 Saint Patricks Day
Chris Munce / Ron Stewart
Barrier 18, 56.5kg
Form: 9x114x0271
Good win over the distance on Boxing Day at Sunshine Coast, though this is a lot, lot tougher.
6 Bel Sonic
Jason Warren / Ben Melham
Barrier 12, 56kg
Form: 3x14x11
Victorian gelding with a flawless prep including a bolting win from last at the Valley. Will get right back again and it’ll be tougher to get past them all here.
7 Shogun Sun
Kelly Schweida / Damian Browne
Barrier 10, 56kg
Form: 2x21250x37
Another who’ll get back, though did likewise in the Vo Rogue and ran on decently. Disappointing in the Golden Rose last prep but did run into trouble. Unproven at the 1400m.
8 Arrestar
Matthew Dunn / Jeff Lloyd
Barrier 13, 56kg
Form: x4958316x6
Jeffrey Lloyd will need to summon all of his powers to give this bloke a sniff. Doesn’t look up to it.
9 Wild Heart
Team Hawkes / Brenton Avdulla
Barrier 3, 56kg
Form: 2144×1
Very nice win at Wyong last time out and keeps The Gun on board. First shot at the 1400m but can’t be ignored after that performance.
10 Magnufighter
Gary Duncan / Jamie Kah
Barrier 2, 56kg
Form: x1530x1135
Got home well in the Vo Rogue after getting back and will hopefully be placed better this time around. Jockey is in sparkling form and should be able to do that. Distance not a worry.
11 Calculated
Chris Waller / Hugh Bowman
Barrier 15, 56kg
Form: 6x129x23
The Waller / Bowman factor means he’ll have his share of support. Unproven at the 1400m but wasn’t terrible at his only try. Hard to take anything out of Boxing Day run when nothing went right as he over raced badly. Hard to get a read on, though run prior was good, so can be forgiven.
12 Pinch Passion
Robert Heathcote / Christian Reith
Barrier 5, 56kg
Form: 5645211×00
Got back to almost last in the Vo Rogue and will do the same here. Very hard to see him passing many.

13 Smartedge
Peter & Paul Snowden / Tye Angland
Barrier 17, 56kg
Form: 261×12
Coming through the grades nicely, but this is a big step up. Has had a solid prep in lesser company.

14 Cellargirl
Kelly Schweida / Michael Walker
Barrier 9, 54.5kg
Form: x1x1233x60
Doesn’t map too well here but she has class, having placed in the G1 Flight last prep. Won’t want to get too far back so Walker will have to rouse her – all depends on how she responds.

15 Sasso Corbaro
Kris Lees / Damien Oliver
Barrier 14, 54kg
Form: 221×11
All Too Hard filly who looks to be the form runner… really is toying with them this prep. Much bigger stakes here and Ollie will have to find a path, which he’s more than capable of. Will be right in the finish on form.

My Tip: Pierata

Value: Cellargirl

Race 8: Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m)

The youngsters burn up the turf at the 1200m here most years, and this should be no different. Any number could get the best of it and lead, with Nomothaj on the inside having strong speed. Anthemoessa and Meryl will be right there with them, while Secret Lady, Sunlight and Ef Troop will be making the case from wider.

1 Jonker
David Atkins / Hugh Bowman
Barrier 3, 57kg
Form: 11
Hard not to get excited by this lad. Hasn’t put a foot wrong and looks to be everything he promised to be. Drawn nicely and has Bowman aboard too. Doesn’t know about getting beaten, and a very good chance he won’t find out this week either. Hovered between $4 and $5 all week which looks about right, if even a touch generous.
2 Ef Troop
Tony Gollan / Matthew McGillivray
Barrier 18, 57kg
Form: 11
Another who’s laid down two very impressive runs and not really looked like being caught. Hasn’t been to 1200m yet, though no signs that he’ll struggle. Will have to come right across but has the speed to do that.
3 Quackerjack
Mark Newnham / Koby Jennings
Barrier 19, 57kg
Form: 0x11
Will be right on Ef Troop’s back in trying to get across early, though remains to be seen if can go with him. On form you wouldn’t doubt him after a solid win at Kembla followed by an unfancied win in the city. Looks overs.
4 Legislation
Peter & Paul Snowden / Damian Browne
Barrier 7, 57kg
Form: 1×4
Right in the middle of a busy map here, though had no trouble getting past them when winning on debut at Randwick. Returned decently but beaten fairly comfortably by Quackerjack. Did stick it out however.
5 Fullazaboot
Stuart Kendrick / Tye Angland
Barrier 21, 57kg
Form: 12
Very tough task from the outside lane. Was a bit slow out of the gates last time, and they’ll likely look to go back here. Hard to have.
6 Crockett
Tony McEvoy / Jamie Kah
Barrier 10, 57kg
Form: 1×27
Got back last time out and disappointed, and this looks like presenting a similar situation.
7 Bondi
Peter & Paul Snowden / Blake Shinn
Barrier 20, 57kg
Form: 2×3
Looks to have a bit of class, but wasn’t getting near Jonker last start and doubt he does here.
8 Skyray
Clarry Conners / Jason Collett
Barrier 8, 57kg
Form: 26
Gets right back but is able to make ground and run down plenty. This is tougher, but still looks a bit over the odds at the moment. Place hope.
9 Meryl
Lee Curtis / Christian Reith
Barrier 5, 55kg
Form: 6×1
Nice win in the McLachlan at Doomben against a few of these. She should get a good run here and might give the leaders something to think about.
10 Secret Lady
Gary Portelli / Ben Melham
Barrier 11, 55kg
Form: 212
Fantastic win at Rosehill in November before freshening up and finishing nicely behind Quackerjack last time. Good early speed and won’t be far from the front.
11 Sunlight
Tony McEvoy / Luke Currie
Barrier 15, 55kg
Form: 3×11
Favourite at the moment on the back of two dominant Gold Coast performances. This is tougher but there’s no sign she can’t handle it with the times she’s posted. Good early speed and will take a lot of beating.
12 Nomothaj
Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig / Stephen Baster
Barrier 2, 55kg
Form: 1x
Beat Sunlight on debut and has trialled very well since. Gets a nice run up the front here and Hayes will have her cherry-ripe. Will be right in it.
13 Outback Barbie
Tony Gollan / Jim Byrne
Barrier 6, 55kg
Form: 1
Debuted with a very impressive win and hard not to include her based on that. Might be overs.
14 Anthemoessa
Matt Cumani / Jordan Childs
Barrier 4, 55kg
Form: 22
Should get a good run, though hard to know if she’s up to this. Good city debut however, running second behind Ollivander with a solid effort. Keep an eye on.

15 Witherspoon
Brad Widdup / Corey Brown
Barrier 12, 55kg
Form: 8×33
Might get crowded by those coming across. Has been beaten by a couple here though has ran on decently. Will find this tough.

16 Whiskey Shooter
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott / Tim Clark
Barrier 9, 55kg
Form: 1
Good debut win but this is a very, very big step up.

My Tip: Jonker

Value: Quackerjack