Gold Coast’s Magic Millions set to show Victorians how to do it with style
MOVE over Melbourne, it’s our time to shine.
With the Melbourne spring carnival all but over, the countdown to Australia’s richest race day, the $10 million Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast on January 9 is well and truly underway.
And boy isn’t it set to be big.
An extra $6 million in prizemoney has been injected into the Magic Millions race day next year and the significant boost is already rubbing off with early ticket sales for the big day soaring through the roof.
Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Brett Cook said about 3200 corporate tickets had already been sold for Magic Millions with general admission ticket sales also well up on the same time last year.
“Last year we only sold out the corporate area two weeks before the day but here we are eight weeks out at basically the same stage as far as corporate sales go.
“In terms of tickets for the general admission that figure is over 1000 already and they would have been 100 at this time last year.
“We are already putting plans in place to cater for the extra demand.”
More than 17,000 people attended Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast earlier this year but the GCTC is preparing to host up to 20,000 people on track on January 9.
The GCTC is set to activate a larger area on the southern lawn to deal with the expected bumper crow and will even considering putting up marquees on the inside of the track for the first time in five years to cope with the extra demand.
It comes as the Magic Millions race day will eclipse Day 1 of The Championships in Sydney ($9.89 million) and Melbourne Cup day ($7.2 million) as Australia’s richest race day.
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said the early interest around the carnival has been unprecedented.
“Tickets for the Jeep Magic Millions race day are selling really well from general admission to corporate hospitality tickets,” he said.
“We’re expecting a full house in January with thoroughbred industry participants and racing enthusiasts from Queensland, Australia and around the globe.
“Katie (Page’s) Magic Millions racing women’s initiative, which is now in its fourth year, is growing year on year with the highest number of registrations taken this year since its inception.
“The $500,000 women’s bonus in 2016 will take the 2YO Classic to $2.5 million in prizemoney and the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas has doubled in prizemoney to $2 million, so we’re expecting more interstate participation than ever before with seven races worth $1 million plus.”
The Magic Millions race day is the jewel in the crown of the Queensland summer racing carnival, which officially kicks off with the Listed Keith Noud Handicap at Doomben this Saturday.
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin