The Gold Coast Magic Millions Racing Carnival is one of the most anticipated flagship events for horse race lovers worldwide. The big day is this Saturday, and the stage is set for the horses and their teams to shine.
As usual, this year’s highlight event is the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, featuring 21 horses. Like the previous years, this race has a huge prize money, superstar horses, and most obviously, the pinnacle of hype.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is a Restricted Listed horse race that takes place on the Gold Coast Turf Club. Horses that were brought at the Magic Millions Sale auction are eligible to take part in this race.
This flagship event started from 1987 and stayed at the center of attraction since the very beginning. Activities of this event start way before the raceday as it is a part of the Magic Millions Carnival. The Gold Coast yearling Sale and the Magic Millions sales are parts of the carnival, which start the initial hype about the race.
The stakes are always big when it comes to Magic Millions races, and this year it is no different. The overall prize money for the 2YO Classic Race is a mammoth total of 2 million. The winner will take 1.2 million home. Horses finishing at second and third place will receive $370k and $180k respectively. Though it’s not entirely a ‘winner-takes-it-all’ situation, the differences in the prizes will be a crucial motivating factor for the participants to give their best.
Horses to Watch
This year’s list is very critical to analyze, as many horses can go toe-to-toe with each other. The barrier draw was quite interesting as well. Though most of the bookies don’t care about the barriers much, we still believe it has a part to play in determining the winner.
Let’s start with the superstar first, Unite And Conquer. With the hefty price tag, this colt is one of the favorites to win the race. The recent trial might raise a few eyebrows, but one trial is unable to judge the talent and power Adam Hyeronimus’s ride possesses. The draw didn’t go as planned as 18 is a quite tough barrier, but bookies will have their eyes on Unite And Conquer for sure.
The Odyssey, trained by Kelly Schweida, will do everything possible to ruin Unite AND Conquer’s party. This experienced lad got a very favorable barrier as well. Well, The Odyssey is definitely not one of the clear favorites, but Jason Orman is. He is one of the best jockeys on the list, and with the 2nd barrier on his side, he can make the impossible possible.
If recent form is taken into consideration, then Exhilarates is the one to watch out for. She has already won a race here on last weekend, without giving her best performance. If she can up her game just a bit and get a nice start, then it’s bad news for the other horses. Being at the 9th barrier, her position at the start is not too bad either.
Czarson is another horse who was an early favorite. I am not saying that he’s still not one, but the bad barrier draw has made things tougher for the colt. A win against the early favorite has made him one of the prime targets for the bookies, but he needs to do exceptionally well.
And lastly we have the experienced Victorian, Yes Yes Yes. It’s such a weird matter of fact that all the early favorites have suffered from bad barrier draws. Unfortunately Yes Yes Yes received the 21st barrier and has to start from the carpark. If he can win from this position, it’d be a miracle. But Yes Yes Yes is no stranger to making miracles happen.
Things You Should Know Before Placing Your Bet
The popular expectation is to see both of the Gai Waterhouse horses (Unite And Conquer & Czarson) in leading positions, but both of them will have to run more than 1200 meters. They are more than capable of take the lead from the go and cut inside.
Exhilarates is continuously improving, and from the position she is going to start, she is most likely to win it. She did lose to Unite And Conquer in the past, but she has improved a lot since then. Having Kerryn McEvoy on board will give further boost to the 2YO Filly. And on top of that, the win over the Super Stallion Snitzel has given this girl enormous confidence.
Yes Yes Yes has sound fitness and good form on its side, but I don’t see him triumphing over the top favorites. However, we have seen horses winning from the 21st barrier before. All Yes Yes Yes needs is a good start, and anything can happen.
So, Exhilarates, Unite And Conquer and Yes Yes Yes are our top picks for this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic!
Though the horses running on this year’s Magic Millions are talented, we don’t think any records will be broken on Saturday. The recent timings of all the horses were well below the tournament record. But who knows? Let’s find out this Saturday!