With each passing year, the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales and Raceday grow in stature and significance.
With prize money for the meeting now standing at $4.7 million, Racing Queensland and Magic Millions recently announced that the 2016 Magic Millions will be the country’s first ever $10 million raceday.
The $2 million 2YO classic is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the eight race program, with the entry criteria restricted to yearlings purchased at last year’s Magic Millions yearling’s sales.
In the 2014 edition of the race, we saw Nathan Berry notch the biggest win of his short career aboard the Bjorn Baker trained Unencumbered.
This year, Nathan’s brother Tommy will steer the Gai Waterhouse trained Carriages, who has drawn a tricky barrier in 21. The filly is currently $18 with TAB.com.au and was sent to Ballarat last November to contest the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic, winning impressively. Gai has a super record in the Magic Millions and you would be game to write her off!
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is set to jump at 4:25pm (AEDT). Tune in to Sky Racing for comprehensive coverage!
On Thursday, star jockey Chris Munce announced that Saturday will be his last day in the saddle, pulling stumps on his illustrious riding career to become a trainer. Munce has the perfect opportunity to go out on top when he jumps aboard Wicked Intent. The Barry Mitchell trained colt has won 3 out of his 4 starts and is the TAB.com.au favourite at $5, not bad for a horse that was purchased for just $16,000 as a yearling.
The training partnership of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig has two top hopes in Claudia Jean ($7.50) and Miss Idyllic ($16). Claudia Jean has only had the one start, easily accounting for her rivals to score by 3.5 lengths at Flemington late last year. While Miss Idyllic is yet to break her maiden, she has placed 3 out of 4 starts, including a very narrow defeat to current Golden Slipper favourite Ottoman in her last start. If you like her, $16 looks a very appealing price.
Check the full TAB.com.au market for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic here.
Le Chef ($16) has received some solid support with TAB.com.au and looks to have a good chance on Saturday. In-form apprentice Luke Tarrant has ridden Le Chef in both of the geldings wins, including last start when he led all the way at the Gold Coast to score comfortably. The on-pacer has drawn ideally in barrier 3 and could figure in the finish.
Trainer Gerald Ryan was active on the first day of the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast, purchasing 5 yearlings for $880,000. He will be hoping Perignon ($8) can make his trip north a little less expensive. The filly made up good ground last start to score a nice win at Canterbury and looks to be one of the top hopes.
I’m going to go a little wider and pick Le Chef on top to beat Wicked Intent, Perignon and Miss Idyllic.
Tune into Sky Racing this Saturday for all the action and excitement of Magic Millions Raceday!
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