Benefits set to flow from revamped Magic Millions race day
The 2015 Magic Millions meeting – now Australia’s richest race day – will be held at the Gold Coast on Saturday, January 9.
The $250,000 Country Cup run over 1200 metres under quality handicap conditions and the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) for Magic Millions and QTIS registered horses of all ages will be part of the nine-race card.
In other program changes, the Magic Millions Three-Year-Old Guineas (1400m) will double in prizemoney to $2 million.
The Magic Millions Cup, Sprint, Fillies and Mares Handicap and Trophy will also carry increased prizemoney.
Seven races at the meeting now offer at least $1 million in stakes.
Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan described the inaugural $10 million Magic Millions day as a “brilliant” concept for the Queensland industry.
“The day is going to benefit the whole industry from owners through to the breeders,” Nolan said.
“It’s going to give people who don’t necessarily have a Group One horse the chance to race for money that we normally see on offer at major southern carnivals.
“I think it’s brilliant and once we get the first one over people will see the many benefits of it.”
Nolan is targeting several races on the day with stable members including Jumbo Prince, Upstart Pride and Spinnaker Run.
“We plan to have a few runners on the day and hopefully they can be good enough to compete for some great money. It’s a terrific opportunity.”
As part of the revamp four Queensland Summer Racing Carnival races – the Bat Out Of Hell, Bernborough Handicap, Drifontein Handicap and Goldmarket – will offer automatic entry to the winners into applicable races on Millions day.