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.
Peter & Paul Snowden / Tye Angland
Barrier 17, 56kg
Coming through the grades nicely, but this is a big step up. Has had a solid prep in lesser company.
15 Sasso Corbaro
Kris Lees / Damien Oliver
Barrier 14, 54kg
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
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.
Brad Widdup / Corey Brown
Barrier 12, 55kg
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
Good debut win but this is a very, very big step up.
My Tip: Jonker