*Note: On race day in 2023, officials were blindsided by the amount of rain that fell. This lead to the meeting being called off after just two races. The rest of the meeting was moved to Thursday 19th January.* Held on the Gold Coast, Magic Mil...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Magic Millions 2YO Classic:
|Date||Thursday, 19th January, 2023|
|Racecourse||Gold Coast Racecourse, QLD, Australia|
|Grade||Restricted Listed Race|
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is a 1200m race exclusively for two-year-olds that were sold through sales associated with Magic Millions, the leading producer of stakes winners across Australia. The race, run under set weights, has just under a $2M purse and is a major component of the Magic Millions Race Series, which is worth over $11M.
The race will be held at Aquis Park Gold Coast, as per usual, and in 2023 the race will be run on January 14th. Looking back at the 2022 race, Coolangatta (the short-priced favourite) was able to come out on top.
On race day in 2023, officials were blindsided by the amount of rain that fell. This lead to the meeting being called off after just two races. The rest of the meeting was moved to Thursday 19th January.
This is the first big race day of the calendar year and provides a first glimpse at some of the aspiring colts, geldings and fillies that are looking to make a name for themselves.
It is one of just three races exclusively for two-year-olds worth at least $1M, along with the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper. Looking over the years, horses like Testa Rossa and Sunlight have been able to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, indicating that some of Australia’s best horses can come through the race.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is an Australian Group One race that brings some of the best two-year-old horses to Gold Gold Racecourse and it also attracts the attention of many Aussies who like to have a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Magic Millions 2YO Classic tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, as the new year rolls over and we get closer to race day, the two-year-olds targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after Magic Millions 2YO Classic horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!
We will list The Sharks’ Magic Millions 2YO Classic best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!
Winning a Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.
Magic Millions 2YO Classic Trifecta Tip 1
Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at the stats of runners you think may have a shot at the Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta.
Magic Millions 2YO Classic Trifecta Tip 2
If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a Magic Millions 2YO Classic form guide – bookies like Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.
Magic Millions 2YO Classic Trifecta Tip 3
Consider placing a box trifecta rather than a straight trifecta. A box trifecta covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a little extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta by a massive amount.
Where to Place a Magic Millions 2YO Classic Trifecta?
You’re able to place a Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.
Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place a Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta from your living room! Online bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing a Magic Millions 2YO Classic trifecta.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Form a Good Indicator of Magic Millions 2YO Classic Success?
Looking at the last five years, each of the winners of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic had won a race before contesting the $2M race, with four of those winning their last start before the race. When looking at your bet for this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic, it is best to look for a horse that has won at least one race prior to this start.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic?
Given how young and inexperienced they are, two-year-olds are always tough to get a proper judgement on in the lead up. As such, over the last six years we have seen three favourites win, an equal-favourite win, a $13 fifth-favourite win and a $41 12th-favourite win. However, in 2022 we saw short priced favorite Coolangatta win the race.
Formlines From Lead Up Races
Four of the last six winners actually raced the week prior, with three of them winning two weeks in a row. Coolangatta in 2022 and Shaquero in 2021 were two of the six that didn’t win the week prior. With Coolangatta winning the Magic Millions B.J. Mclachlan Stakes on Boxing Day, and Shaquero coming 2nd in the Aquis Gold Nugget before claiming the Magic Millions Classic.
Away Game brings the completely different form of those winning, winning a stakes race three weeks prior and going into the race fresh. The other three horses that won in their last start the week prior all contested a two-year-old handicap at Gold Coast the Saturday before.
In 2022, it was another filly that won the race. This is back on trend as five of the last six races have been won by fillies. Only in 2021 did we see a colt, Shaquero, win the Magic Millions Classic. Overall, it does seem that recent history leans towards fillies coming out on top.
Our best bets are not out for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!
This is our best bet for the Magic Millions race in 2022:
Magic Millions 2YO Classic Best Bet: Coolangatta
Ahh, Coolangatta. She’s been in the headlines since her electrifying debut win in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes back in October where she smashed the clock. She resumed from a spell at Doomben three weeks ago where she burnt the candle at both ends and was far too good for her rivals. She’s drawn a slightly sticky gate here but with natural improvement from that run and the key booking of James McDonald, it is hard to see her getting beat here.
Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on the Magic Millions 2YO Classic:
|Bet Type||How to Place This Type of Bet|
|Win Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.|
|Place Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer.|
|Each-Way Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the win and the place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the place pay-out.|
|Quinella Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.|
|Exacta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.|
|Trifecta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.|
|First Four||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.|
|Quaddie||Place a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the Magic Millions 2YO Classic to place a quaddie.|
Long before the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting. This is prime time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong contenders for the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at double-digit odds.
Once the bookies release the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds, they will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which horses will be targeting the race and their form leading into the race.
Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
Have a look below at the odds for the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds, the week of the race, courtesy of Sportsbet:
Given the prizemoney at stake and how big the event is, the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field is always packed with exceptional two-year-old talent. We often see plenty of colts, geldings and fillies come out of this race and have incredible careers, highlighting how important this race is for their careers.
The final Magic Millions 2YO Classic field will be announced at the barrier draw, which will be on Tuesday, January 10th in 2023. Make sure you check back around race week, as we will provide the final field below.
With the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Coolangatta:
|1. Cusack (57kg)||6||Craig Newitt||T Busuttin & N Young|
|2. Mishani Warfare (57kg)||7||James Orman||Les Ross|
|3. Stupendo (57kg)||19||Craig Williams||Danny O’Brien|
|4. Mishani Spartan (57kg)||3||Jackson Morris||Les Ross|
|5. Golden Artie (57kg)||17||Ben Thompson||B & D Guy|
|6. Mishani Persuasion (57kg)||21||Rachel King||Les Ross|
|7. Thelwell (57kg)||5||Justin Stanley||Sharryn Livingstone|
|8. Heroic Son (57kg)||9||Adin Thompson (a)||P & W Hulbert|
|9. Coolangatta (55kg)||13||James McDonald||C Maher & D Eustace|
|10. Soaring Ambition (55kg)||20||Tommy Berry||Annabel Neasham|
|11. Russian Conquest (55kg)||4||Kerrin McEvoy||P & P Snowden|
|12. Miss Hellfire (55kg)||11||Tim Clark||P & P Snowden|
|13. Sneaky Starter (55kg)||10||Tiffani Brooker||Mick Mair|
|14. Perfect Mission (55kg)||14||Andrew Mallyon||Michael Costa|
|15. Snitcat (55kg)||2||Jason Collett||Gary Portelli|
|16. Bright Blue Sky (55kg)||16||Brett Prebble||Jamie Richards|
|17e. Swiss Exile (55kg) – Scratched||1||Hugh Bowman||Annabel Neasham|
|18e. Spanish Angels (55kg) – Scratched||18||–||Les Ross|
|19e. Revolutionary Miss (55kg) – Scratched||8||–||P & P Snowden|
|20e. Wild Botanica (55kg) – Scratched||15||–||Kacy Fogden|
|21e. Russian Warrior (55kg) – Scratched||12||–||Allan Chau|
Given how the 1200m Aquis Park Gold Coast track is run, the barrier draw is vital as they jump from the gates and go into a bend nearly straight away, with another bend into the home straight shortly after.
When looking at the winners from the last five years, barrier 12 has had two winners. This is quite astounding considering that there are typically 16 runners in a race, and over five years the same barrier has produced two winners. Coolangatta won the race in 2022 from barrier 10. Shaquero was able to win last year’s race from barrier 1, while Houtzen, in 2017, was able to win from barrier 16 of 16.
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Magic Millions 2YO Classic results for 2023 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.
Looking back at the 2022 race, Coolangatta was able to give the punters what they were looking for with a win by just 0.2L over Russian Conquest. Coolangatta timed the run as well as she could, being 4th at the 800m mark, and then 3rd at the 400m mark. Snitcat rounded up the final placing, and ended up finishing 2.45L behind the leader.
Considering the price Coolangatta was, many punters would have thought she should have won more convincingly. But at the end of the day, she got the win and those who backed her got their payout!
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic race:
Here are the results from the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2022:
|1st||9. Coolangatta (55kg)||James McDonald||–|
|2nd||11. Russian Conquest (55kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||0.2L|
|3rd||15. Snitcat (55kg)||Jason Collett||2.45L|
|4th||14. Perfect Mission (55kg)||Andrew Mallyon||2.65L|
|5th||2. Mishani Warfare (57kg)||James Orman||4.15L|
|6th||10. Soaring Ambition (55kg)||Tommy Berry||5.4L|
|7th||5. Golden Artie (57kg)||Ben Thompson||5.8L|
|7th||13. Sneaky Starter (55kg)||Tiffani Brooker||5.8L|
|9th||3. Stupendo (57kg)||Craig Williams||6.3L|
|10th||8. Heroic Son (57kg)||Adin Thompson (a)||6.4L|
|11th||7. Thelwell (57kg)||Justin Stanley||7.15L|
|12th||12. Miss Hellfire (55kg)||Tim Clark||7.35L|
|13th||4. Mishani Spartan (57kg)||Jackson Morris||7.45L|
|14th||6. Mishani Persuasion (57kg)||Rachel King||8.95L|
|15th||16. Bright Blue Sky (55kg)||Brett Prebble||14.2L|
|16th||1. Cusack (57kg)||Craig Newitt||15.7L|
The results for the upcoming Magic Millions 2YO Classic are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2021||Shaquero||Alpine Edge||She’s All Class|
|2020||Away Game||Stellar Pauline||Conceited|
|2015||Le Chef||Pepperano||Single Gaze|
|2014||Unencumbered||Oakleigh Girl||Ruby Soho|
|2013||Real Surreal||Sweet Idea||Missy Longstocking|
|2012||Driefontein||No Looking Back||Alezan Thunder|
|2011||Karuta Queen||Combat Kitty||Schiffer|
|2010||Military Rose||Ambers Waltz||Demanding Miss|
Given there isn’t much feature racing happening anywhere else in the country, you typically see the best jockeys from the Eastern seaboard, along with the rest of the country and New Zealand, flock to the Gold Coast to try and ride a winner.
As you can see in the table below, Luke Currie has won two of the last five runnings despite being a Victorian based jockey, while the other two jockeys over that time are based out of NSW.
While the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic jockeys are yet to be decided, know that the best that Australia has to offer will be there on the big day. If you are interested in a little history, have a look at the table below, which outlines all the winning jockeys over the past few years:
|2020||Away Game||Luke Currie|
|2015||Le Chef||Luke Tarrant|
|2013||Real Surreal||Michael Cahill|
|2011||Karuta Queen||Tommy Berry|
|2010||Military Rose||Stathi Katsidis|
Given what is at stake, from a stallion perspective for colts, a breeding perspective for fillies and a rating perspective for geldings, trainers want to ensure their two-year-olds are in tip-top shape for a race like this!
The best trainers from around the country want to have a two-year-old in their camp that is able to qualify for the race and then be competitive in it. In 2022, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s trained Coolangatta got the win, and this is the second time in three years this pair have won the Magic Millions Classic.
While the Magic Millions 2YO Classic trainers for 2023 are yet to be released, we will update you with all of the news as it comes to hand. In the meantime, take a look back at some of the previous trainers to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic:
|2022||Coolangatta||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2020||Away Game||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2016||Capitalist||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|2015||Le Chef||Darryl Hansen|
|2013||Real Surreal||Kelso Wood|
|2011||Karuta Queen||Neville Layt|
|2010||Military Rose||Gillian Heinrich|