History made at the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions race day

Another Magic Millions Raceday is now done and dusted, but not without a massive event and history being made at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Jockey Hugh Bowman took out the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) for a third time, aboard Shaquero.

The star colt, son of Shalaa, is trained by Chris Waller, making the win Waller’s first in the coveted race.


The victory also doubles as the biggest juvenile success of the champion trainer’s career.

Jockey Hugh Bowman says Chris Waller’s training was monumental in the horse’s win.

“He travelled really well, he benefited from that hot speed early and barrier one was certainly a key ingredient to our success today,” Bowman said.

“I’ve won a couple of Magic Millions (Classics previously) and they were both from low draws and it is a huge advantage to draw inside.

“Full credit to Chris Waller, he’s not generally a back-up sort of trainer but starting this horse last week might have been the key to helping him relax into the rhythm that we saw him get into today.

“I thought on the line he was actually stargazing a bit and if you have a look at the slow motion vision he was pricking his ears on the line so there’s still more to come with him.

“He’s built an amazing training system, not only in New South Wales but around the eastern seaboard and I can only see that growing as we move into the next decade of horse racing,” Bowman said.

Also during the day, there was a close call for jockey Ryan Maloney, who fell during race 7. He was hospitalised as a precaution but is understood to be doing fine.

Around 13,000 people were in attendance at the Gold Coast Turf Club.