We’ve got our first big-money races of the year on Saturday at the Gold Coast Magic Millions meeting, where the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic is one of the features.
Boasting $10 million in prizemoney across the raceday, the Magic Millions Gold Coast race meeting has become a early-year highlight on the racing calendar. The races are only open to graduates of Magic Millions sales, and therefore carry ‘Restricted Listed’ status.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is run over 1200 metres and was first held in 1987.
Read on for a full preview of the race from our Queensland racing gun, The Professor.
Magic Millions 2YO Classic: The Professor’s preview
The fence was off last Saturday and I’m expecting a similar pattern here for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, though on a dryer track (currently a Soft 6 with little to no rain forecast before the meeting) that bias may not be as strong. I still think those runners that will be off the fence in the straight will be most appealing. I’m expecting a fast tempo here, as is usually the case for this race, so with the combination of tempo and track bias we may see something come from well off the speed to win.
1 Cusack Don’t like the set-up with the 56 days between runs and up to 1200m from 1000m. Form out of the debut win doesn’t inspire either.
2 Mishani Warfare On the pace in fast-run race last time, but was weak to the line. Can’t see it winning.
3 Stupendo Wide all the way last start here and went to the line strongly. Tricky draw again.
4 Mishani Spartan Won at $71 on debut and $23 last time out. Surely not a third time…?
5 Golden Artie Strong performance last start over 1200m at Doomben. Rock hard fit. Drawn wide but may be suited by track pattern. Plenty of worse $20 chances going around.
“He’s not a speed horse and we’re hoping to get on the back of Coolangatta.”
— Racing.com (@Racing) January 11, 2022
6 Mishani Persuasion Likely to be last at the turn. Tempo might suit but hard to see him running down those in front.
7 Thelwell Form prior to last start doesn’t read too badly for this, but not sure the slowly-run 1000m is the best lead-up run.
8 Heroic Son This looks a bit above his ability, plus has apprentice Adin Thompson on board. Pass.
9 Coolangatta Hasn’t put a foot wrong so far. Should be fit after being up on pace in a fast-run 1200m race last time. Has enough gate speed to overcome the draw. Ticks a lot of boxes but $2 doesn’t seem like a spoil.
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10 Soaring Ambition Beaten by Golden Artie last time but there was was nothing wrong with the run. Fitter now third-up and with obvious ability. Drawn the car park but that may not be a negative if the track plays as last week. Neesham and Berry. Ticks a lot of boxes for a $14 shot.
11 Russian Conquest Winner of a high-rating 1100m race last start at Randwick. Maps to get a soft run. Gets a jockey upgrade. Looks like it will get its chance.
12 Miss Hellfire Hasn’t done much wrong in two starts this campaign, producing solid ratings in both. Has to improve to win but don’t think it’s out of the question.
13 Sneaky Starter Taking a line through Mishani Warfare, I’d suggest the $151 on offer right now is unders.
14 Perfect Mission Started shorter than Miss Hellfire last start and wasn’t beaten far, which suggests she has to be considered. Fifth start in her first prep is a red flag for me but I won’t be dismissing her.
15 Snitcat Covered tons of extra ground last start and the SP wasn’t that far away from Russian Conquest. Think Snitcat was the better run of the 2 and is drawn well to get a better run in transit here. The track pattern may not suit, but I’m finding it hard to reconcile the price difference between it and Russian Conquest.
The aptly-named Coolangatta remains hot favourite for Saturday’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Two-year-old Classic, but one Queensland owner is plotting a major upset, and he’s got a seven-figure incentive to pull it off. https://t.co/6QvR0OTe9C @7HorseRacing #7Racing #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/PPkKrhihYR
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) January 11, 2022
16 Bright Blue Sky Closed off well last time but had every right to. Gets back from wide draw and the tempo will suit, but I think it’s unders at the current quote.
17 Swiss Exile Nothing wrong with his first two runs this prep, but pretty disappointing last start. A ton of gear changes, barrier 1 and Hugh Bowman on board maybe results in a better performance if he gets a run.
18 Spanish Angels Very hard to see it being competitive.
19 Revolutionary Miss Ran second in a moderately rating race on debut at $81. Not for me.
20 Wild Botanica This is a big step up from an Ipswich Maiden! Will need significant improvement.
21 Russian Warrior Flattered by the strong tempo out front last time. Can’t see it winning if it gets a run
Magic Millions 2YO Classic: The Professor’s betting approach
Can’t argue with Coolangatta as favourite but the short price doesn’t appeal. I’ll likely be focusing on the longer priced runners and Soaring Ambition, Golden Artie and Russian Conquest all look to be some value in that section of the market.