Australian thoroughbred sales company Magic Millions have announced a new sponsorship of a seven race series in Far North Queensland.
The Magic Millions FNQ Up and Coming Stayers Series will commence in early May and run through to July at five different tracks.
Horses and their owners and trainers will amass points on a 3-2-1 system during the added stakes race series and the winners will share in a $6,000 cash prize from Magic Millions.
The races will be run at Atherton, Cairns, Gordonvale, Innisfail and Mt Garnet with the first in the series at Atherton on May 3.
"We are delighted to welcome Magic Millions on board as the sponsor of this important series," Far North Queensland Racing Association Secretary Rob Koch said.
"For some time local owners and trainers have been looking for a series of races to set their horses as they develop a nice country cups horse for the future."
"This series of added value races is a great opportunity to do this and is a possible nice progression from the QTIS races," Koch added.
Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said his company was pleased to be able to support the Far North Queensland racing region.
"Over the years we have received great support from clients from Far North Queensland and we're pleased to be coming on board as a sponsor of this series," Cox said.
"Magic Millions graduates are renowned as precocious juveniles with great results in the Golden Slipper and other feature two and three-year-old races, but the record of our horses in classic and cup races is quite outstanding."
The races in the series are as follows:
• Atherton - 3 May, 2014 - BM55 - 1400m
• Gordonvale - 17 May, 2014 - BM60 - 1360m
• Atherton - 24 May, 2014 - BM60 - 1400m
• Mt Garnet - 6/7 June, 2014 - BM60 - 1350m
• Innisfail - 14 June, 2014 - BM65 - 1500m
• Cairns - 21 June, 2014 - BM65 - 1600m
• Cairns - 12 July, 2014 - BM65 - 1900m
Magic Millions graduates have been excelling in Far North Queensland this season and include unbeaten juveniles Element of Chance and Nevetus.
Element of Chance, the initial winner for first season sire Red Element, won the Pallarenda Stakes at Townsville before sweeping away with the $30,000 QTIS Plate at Cairns in late October.
Nevetus meanwhile was purchased for $15,000 at the recent National Horses in Training Sale with connections winning a QTIS bonus when the filly won on debut at Cairns last week.
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