WATCH: Thousands hit the beach for 2018 Magic Millions Barrier Draw

Surfers Paradise was the place to be this morning, with thousands of people hitting the sand for the 2018 Magic Millions Barrier Draw.

The beach was turned into a racetrack, with Hugh Bowman, Corey Brown and Kathy O’Hara among a number of jockeys taking part in a horse sprint down the sand.

Mr Bowman also galloped along the sand carrying the Queen’s Baton – the first time the baton has been seen on the Gold Coast ahead of the Commonwealth Games.


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Magic Millions Queens Baton

PHOTO: Carla Tooma / myGC.com.au

Among those taking in all the action was royal Zara Phillips MBE, Francesca Cumani, Hamish McLachlan and Magic Millions owners Gerry Harvey and Katie Page-Harvey.

Watch the video below to see the horses sprint down the beach:

Following the race along the beach, everyone headed to the foreshore for the Barrier Draw, which determined the all-important starting positions for Saturday’s multi-million dollar features.

Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic Barrier draw list:
SPIRIT’S PRIDE – gate 1
NOMOTHAJ – gate 2
JONKER – gate 3
ANTHEMOESSA – gate 4
MERYL – gate 5
OUTBACK BARBIE – gate 6
LEGISLATION – gate 7
SKYRAY – gate 8
WHISKEY SHOOTER – gate 9
CROCKETT – gate 10
SECRET LADY – gate 11
WITHERSPOON – gate 12
CATASTROPHIC – gate 13
TERMINOLOGY – gate 14
SUNLIGHT – gate 15
SUGAR SIZZLE – gate 16
PAQUIRRI – gate 17
EF TROOP – gate 18
QUACKERJACK – gate 19
BONDI – gate 20
FULLAZABOOT – gate 21

Jeep Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Barrier draw list:
PIERATA – gate 1
MAGNUFIGHTER – gate 2
WILD HEART – gate 3
CURDLED – gate 4
PINCH PASSION – gate 5
GOODFELLA – gate 6
LADY OF CREBILLY – gate 7
CRUZE – gate 8
CELLARGIRL – gate 9
SHOGUN SUN – gate 10
I AM IMPINGE – gate 11
BEL SONIC – gate 12
ARRESTAR – gate 13
SASSO CORBARO – gate 14
CALCULATED – gate 15
WHYPEEO – gate 16
SMARTEDGE – gate 17
SAINT PATRICKS DAY – gate 18