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A horse and trainer at Magic Millions 2017

Magic Millions Event Renewed For Five More Years

World-class thoroughbred racing will remain on the Gold Coast with a new deal securing the Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day for a further five years.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones announced the new agreement at the weekend ahead of the 2017 Magic Millions Race Day.

“The Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day is a must-do experience on Queensland’s major events calendar,” Ms Jones said.

“Each year this event delivers a significant boost to our economy and showcases Queensland to the world as a premier events and travel destination.”

Ms Jones said the Queensland Government’s renewed support through Tourism and Events Queensland would ensure the iconic event remained on the Gold Coast until at least 2022.

“Events like the Magic Millions deliver ongoing benefits to Queensland and the regions,” Ms Jones said.

“Last year the Magic Millions Race Day delivered an economic boost of more than $12 million and almost 18,000 visitor nights to the Gold Coast.

“These outcomes underline the important role events play in growing our tourism industry, which generates $9.5 billion for the Gold Coast economy and supports more than 50,000 local jobs.”

Racing Minister Grace Grace said the Magic Millions showcased Queensland’s world class racing and bloodstock industries.

“The Magic Millions is an internationally renowned racing and bloodstock event that attracts the best of the best to the Gold Coast,” she said.

“It’s Australia’s richest race day and its yearling sales have a record of producing champions on the track, including Winx who is currently rated one of the world’s best gallopers.

“If you’re serious about racing and bloodstock, the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January is the only place to be.”

Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey said: “Successful partnerships only stand the test of time if they deliver real results. 2016 is the perfect example of how well the Queensland Government, TEQ and Magic Millions partnership is working.

“At Magic Millions, we understand our responsibility to continue to invest, grow and innovate our current and future schedule of events. We have a proven track record of our commitment to continual improvement and expansion – at the forefront of all our planning and prioritisation are the Queensland and Gold Coast communities.

“We target new international and domestic markets and audiences to attract those who have never experienced the magic of Queensland’s Gold Coast.”

Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said securing strong event assets like the Magic Millions played a significant part in drawing more visitors to the state.

“Major events such as Magic Millions bring visitors from across Australia and the world and provide valuable exposure for Queensland’s fantastic destinations,” said Ms Coddington.

“Magic Millions is a key feature on our It’s Live! in Queensland calendar as we look forward to an exciting year of events across the state.

“Securing this event will help deliver on our objective to provide world-class events for Queensland that drive visitation and generate economic benefit to the host regions and the state.”

2017 Jeep Magic Millions Race Day

More than 24,000 people flocked to the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday for Australia’s Richest Raceday – the 2017 Jeep Magic Millions.

Magic Millions 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Day Three

The auction action on Day Three of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale didn’t slow, with horses continuing to be snapped up.

History making effort at Gold Coast Magic Millions

Houtzen’s owners are celebrating after she took out the prestigious Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jumping from the outside barrier, Houtzen showed blistering speed to lead and went on to beat Chauffeur by a half-length, with Madeenaty a further 2-1/4 lengths away third.

Houtzen becomes only the third horse in Magic Millions history to win from the outside barrier.

Trent Edmond, from the winning stable, was more than impressed with his hometown win.

“It’s been a great effort and today she proved she was the best filly,” he said.

“Winning the Magic Millions is everything to us. It’s our home town and a dream come true.”

Ridden by Jeff Lloyd, Edmonds was confident in the jockey’s approach to the race.

“We went over the race many times together but I left it up to him,” he said.

“He’s one of a kind and such a great tactician and doesn’t give much away.”

Houtzen will now attempt to join Dance Hero (2004), Phelan Ready (2009) and Capitalist (2016) as the only winners of the Magic Millions-Golden Slipper double at Rosehill in March.

Earlier in the day, it was an upset win in the Queensland Magic Millions 3YO Guineas when $126 longshot Flying Jess stole the show to claim victory over Global Glamour by a neck in the $2 million Queensland Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Eckstein was a similar margin behind, while the much favoured Winning Rupert failed to run the trip and weakened to finish fourth, less than two lengths away.

Flying Jess was acquired for $60,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions sales by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.

The Magic Millions Ladies In Racing bonus also added to the richest day in Australian thoroughbred racing, with connections in the 2YO Classic for Real Princess taking home $325,000, Falconic $100,000, Cellar Girl $50,000 and Saxton Rock $25,000.

Another exciting win on the day was the Matthew Dunn-trained Madotti’s victory in the UBET Magic Millions QTIS Open.

The Gold Coast Magic Millions mare was purchased for $80,000 and netted her connections $600,000 for her victory on Saturday.

Madotti’s current earnings now sit at $1,031,220 with total QTIS bonuses sitting at $70,000.

Redoute’s Choice tops Day Three of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales

A cracking colt by champion sire Redoute’s Choice topped Day Three of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Friday.

The colt joined top seller, the full brother to Sebring, at the top of the leaderboard for the auction when he was sold for $1.3 million.
Day Four of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will commence at 6pm on Saturday after the running of the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday over the road at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

DAY THREE TOP SELLERS

$1,300,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Ballet Blue colt (Lot 651)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: James Harron B’stock (NSW)

$925,000 – Snitzel-Ultimate Fever colt (Lot 549)
Luskin Park Stud (As Agent) / China Horse Club/Newgate/Winstar (China)

$900,000 – I Am Invincible-Admirelle colt (Lot 607)
Milburn Creek / McEvoy Mitchell Racing (SA)

$850,000 – Snitzel-Your Life Style filly (Lot 583)
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Rick Worthington as agent (Vic)

$700,000 – Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker filly (Lot 703)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Alan Bell Racing (NSW)

SALE STATISTICS

Lots Catalogued: 720 (648)
Lots Sold: 574 (512)
Lots Passed In: 87 (69)
Lots Withdrawn: 58 (67)
Sale Gross: $119,865,000 ($102,760,000)
Top Price: $1,300,000 ($1,600,000)
Average Price: $208,824 ($200,312)
Median Price: $160,000 ($150,000)
Sold %: 87 (88)

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$4,615,000 – James Harron B’stock – 11 lots
$3,155,000 – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing – 16 lots
$2,895,000 – Shadwell Australasia – 7 lots
$2,700,000 – Waller Racing/Mulcaster B’stock – 8 lots
$2,540,000 – China Horse Club/Newgate TS/Winstar – 5 lots
$2,460,000 – McEvoy Mitchell Racing – 7 lots
$2,450,000 – Ciaron Maher Racing – 10 lots
$2,120,000 – Hong Kong Jockey Club – 9 lots
$2,030,000 – Boomer B’stock – 4 lots
$2,020,000 – Little Kwok Hing Hung/Bahen B’stock – 3 lots

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$371,364 – Redoute’s Choice – 11 sold
$350,714 – Snitzel – 35 sold
$327,714 – I Am Invincible – 35 sold
$320,556 – Exceed and Excel – 9 sold
$307,500 – Written Tycoon – 8 sold
$305,909 – Fastnet Rock – 22 sold
$300,714 – More Than Ready – 21 sold
$292,308 – Not a Single Doubt – 16 sold
$272,500 – Dundeel – 10 sold
$264,231 – Medaglia d’Oro – 13 sold