Australia is home to some fantastic Group 1 races, including the Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Everest, Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. However, the first one of the calendar year is the Magic Millions Classic which is being run on the 11th January as part of the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
It’s a race for two-year-old horses that were bought from one of the Magic Millions auctions. While it’s an important race in its own right with a $2,000,000 prize fund, it also serves as a good indicator for the Golden Slipper which is run in March. Among the horses to do the Magic Millions and Golden Slipper double are Dance Hero, Phelan Ready and Capitalist.
When it comes to Australian horse racing tips for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic, it pays to look at the history books and find comparable horses in this year’s field. For instance, twenty-three of the past twenty-seven winners of the Magic Millions Classic won their previous race. This includes the last ten winners consecutively. Furthermore, look for horses that have two or more career runs to their name. No horse (as of yet) has won this Classic on only its second start.
The starting favourite has won eight out of the last ten races. Currently, Aim is the bookmakers favourite at 5.00. This horse is trained by the successful father and son partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden. They also have the 3rd favourite, 6.50 shot King’s Legacy. This horse recently beat Every Rose to win the BJ McLachlan Stakes at Eagle Farm Racecourse and subsequently qualify for this year’s Magic Millions.
Speaking of Every Rose, this is another horse worth keeping an eye on in the Millions. Its trainer Mark Newnham was pleased with this run-out, and he predicts Every Rose (7.50) will be in top shape for the big race.
Slightly further out in the betting is Lady Banff (17.00). Many tipsters believe this filly, which is trained by Matthew Dunn, stands a good each-way chance. She is unbeaten in two careers races so far. It is predicted that her racing style will be at home on the Gold Coast and she’s already proven herself over the required 1200m distance. As always, if you are going to have a punt, please gamble responsibly and keep it fun.