2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

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Tue 17th January 2023


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*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 Millions Carnival is usually run in hot, steamy conditions, with not a cloud in the sky, but that certainly wasn’t the case last Saturday. Despite the first two races being run and won, the meeting was postponed due to the state of the track. The good news, we have an eight race card on Thursday, which includes the $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Held over 1200m, the set weights feature has been taken out by some absolute star juveniles, most recently Coolangatta in 2022, and a capacity field of 16 two-year-olds are set to do battle on what will still be a very rain affected track.

Looking at the market, Dabble has Breeders Plate winner, Empire Of Japan, favourite at $4.60 despite being beaten first up in Sydney. The Waterhouse/Bott trained Platinum Jubilee is on the next line of betting at $6.00, just ahead of last start Doomben winner, Sovereign Fund, and heavily backed local filly, Skirt The Law, both at $6.50. It’s double figures or better the rest, headed by Empress Of Wonder at $13.

As we saw last Saturday, anything can happen and these lightly raced two-year-olds will be tested to their limits in this race. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Mishani Renegade (1) – $71
Jockey – Ben Thompson 57kg
Trainer – Les Ross

*This horse has since been scratched.*

Brisbane trained gelding who strung three wins together at Eagle Farm in October last year. He resumed from a short spell two weeks ago where he was no match for Sovereign Fund. The inside barrier is beneficial here and he gets blinkers on for the first time, but it’s hard to see him turning the tables here in a much stronger race. 

2. Sovereign Fund (17) – $5.50
Jockey – Jamie Kah 57kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Stalked the speed on debut and was too strong in the Wyong Magic Millions under James McDonald. He was then sent north where he led and spaced his rivals at Doomben last start. Yes, he got things his own way on that occasion, but visually the win was impressive and Jamie Kah sticks with him. Looks to be one of the better chances despite the horror draw.

3. Sunsource (2) – $21
Jockey – Mark Zahra 57kg
Trainer – Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young

Finished with a wet sail at Ballarat on debut to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic before finishing third at Doomben last start in a small field. He got back again on that occasion and was never given a hope the way the race was run. He gets a key gear change here, blinkers on, and with more pressure up front, can make amends for his last start failure. Not out of it despite the big price.

4. Empire Of Japan (11) – $4.60F
Jockey – James McDonald 57kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Came from well back on debut to win the Breeders Plate at Randwick. Resumed three weeks ago, again at Randwick, where he loomed up to win but was outgunned late by Fire Lane and Platinum Jubilee. He looks a gross colt who will take plenty of benefit from that run and has had this race on his radar for months. Will need a little bit of luck early from the gate but looks one of the main winning hopes.

5. Royal Entrance (9) – $15
Jockey – Tim Clark 57kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Led and was able to hold on to score narrowly on debut at Warwick Farm. Made it two from two here last Saturday when winning the Gold Nugget over 1100m. Has to overcome the quick back-up but there was plenty to like about his win on that occasion and has seen the track which is an advantage. Will be sent forward from the middle gate again and should give a sight.

6. Godfather (20) – $31
Jockey – Ben Melham 57kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Was sent out a long odds on favourite on debut and won accordingly at Eagle Farm. Found the opposition a bit tougher second up at Randwick behind Fire Lane, but wasn’t totally disgraced after over racing early. Will need everything to go right here from the wide barrier but looks to be above average. Might be one to follow next prep.

7. Chrysaor (13) – $51
Jockey – James Orman 57kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Broke his maiden at the Sunshine Coast before racing well without winning last start in the BJ McLachlan at Doomben. Others have stronger form lines on paper but he is trained locally and gets the services of Brisbane’s leading rider. Can sneak into the placings if things go his way.

8. Infatuation (8) – $17
Jockey – Rachel King 55kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Rode the speed and was too strong last start at Randwick. He wasn’t far away in some solid races prior to that. Looks well suited after Tuesday’s barrier draw and jockey Rachel King knows him well. Should be in it for a long way.

9. Fire Lane (15) – $21
Jockey – Jay Ford 55kg
Trainer – Brad Widdup

Won well on debut at Newcastle over 900m before finishing a close up fourth in the Wyong Magic Millions. He then burst through late to cause a boilover last start at Randwick, where he defeated Empire Of Japan and Platinum Jubilee. Don’t think that win was any fluke but he’s drawn very awkwardly here and will need luck. If he does happen to get a nice run in transit, he should be in the finish.

10. Platinum Jubilee (7) – $6.00
Jockey – Regan Bayliss 55kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Sprouted wings on debut to score a breathtaking win in the Gimcrack at Randwick. Adopted different tactics first up when leading and being swamped late by Fire Lane. Will more than likely be ridden forward again from the good gate here and with the benefit of that first up run should prove very hard to get past. Can win.

11. Croatian Belle (12) – $15
Jockey – Michael Dee 55kg
Trainer – Ben & JD Hayes

Was sent to the races first up with plenty of wraps on her and she delivered in spades. Made it two from two last start when winning at The Valley again in good style. Looks a very professional 2YO with plenty of race sense. Will need a bit of early luck from the gate and steps up to 1200m for the first time. The opposite way of going is another query but it’s hard to knock winning form and she has to be considered a live winning chance.

12. Summer Loving (10) – $15
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 55kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Got back and found the line well on debut at Rosehill behind the very smart Barber. Much of the same last start in the Wyong Magic Millions, where she got back and ran on nicely for third. Has had the benefit of a barrier trial here at the Gold Coast and should get a good run from the draw. Won’t be the stable’s number one pick in the race but can run well at good odds.

13. Skirt The Law (4) – $6.50
Jockey – Ryan Maloney 55kg
Trainer – Tony Gollan

Led and bolted in on debut at Doomben, running some good late splits, before another jaw dropping win last start. Looked good in a recent Gold Coast barrier trial and has drawn ideally in gate 4. Ticks plenty of boxes in the form guide and if she can repeat what she did last start, there’s no reason she can’t make it three in a row.

14. Miss Coota (18) – $26
Jockey – Justin Huxtable 55kg
Trainer – Chris Munce

Won her first two starts by a combined 12.7L before going down last start as a short priced favourite. To be fair, not much went right on that occasion but it’s hard to see things panning out any better here. She definitely has the ability to win but it’s hard to be in her corner from the gate.

15. Excel D’Or (21) – $34
Jockey – Brodie Loy 55kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Still a maiden despite being placed at Listed and G3 level in her three starts to date. On the quick back up here after a disappointing third last Saturday behind Mishani Royale. Needs to find on that performance and one would think the outside gate all but seals her fate.

16. Empress Of Wonder (16) – $13
Jockey – Chad Schofield 55kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Ran very well on debut down the Flemington straight, despite racing greenly, before coming from a minute back to finish a close second at Eagle Farm last start. Should get the speed on up front to suit here and will be finishing hard again if Schofield can get some cover mid race. Hopefully the track is more genuine than last Saturday and those off the pace can figure. If so, she’s a very good winning chance.

17e. Risky Investment (6) – $126
Jockey – Ben Thompson 57kg
Trainer – Ryan Tyrell & Tom Button

Won well on debut at Eagle Farm but form since has tapered off. Drawn to get a nice run if she gains a start but others look to have stronger form lines.

18e. She’s A Rogue (19) – $61
Jockey – Martin Harley 55kg
Trainer – Chris Munce

Chased home Mishani Renegade twice before breaking her maiden at Eagle Farm two starts ago. No match for Mishani Royale and co last week and this looks harder. Not keen.

19e. Quasimoto (3) – $91
Jockey – N/A 57kg
Trainer – Clint Lundholm

Ran a big race in the Wyong Magic Millions at good odds before a disappointing run here last Saturday. The track/pattern was against him on that occasion and looks better suited with a solid tempo here. Probably won’t gain a start but isn’t the worst if he does.

20e. Trifling (5) – $126
Jockey – N/A 55kg
Trainer – Helen Page

Local filly who ran super here last Saturday behind Mishani Royale. Looks very unlikely she will make the final field but could easily finish in the top four or five if she does.

21e. Oovi (14) – $126
Jockey – N/A 57kg
Trainer – Jared Wehlow

North Queensland based gelding who was far too good for his rivals on debut at Mackay. Obviously this is much tougher and he needs a minor miracle to gain a start. One to follow in easier races.

Final Word

With the amount of prize money on offer, we come to expect a quality field of youngsters in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and that’s exactly what we have yet again. 

It’s hard to believe just over a week ago track records were being smashed and back markers couldn’t make ground due to the firmness of the track. Now connections, racegoers and track staff will be checking the skies on a regular basis and hoping the clouds stay away.

Wet track form has to come into consideration, despite many of these lightly raced youngsters being untried in such conditions, and we’re happy to stick with Empress Of Wonder on top. Her two runs to date have been outstanding, the latest a fast finishing second at Eagle Farm, where she recorded some impressive late splits. If Schofield can get some cover from the gate, she will switch off and be charging late.

The Snowden yard has a strong hand in the race with three runners, including the favourite Empire Of Japan. He won well on debut in the Breeders Plate before looming to win last start and peaking on his run late. He will be greatly benefited by that run and importantly handles wet conditions. He looks the danger with McDonald on.

Platinum Jubilee, who beat home Empire of Japan on that occasion, is the other one who looks hard to beat. She was outstanding on debut winning the Gimcrack and showed good versatility last start to lead and only be run down in the shadows of the post. Another who will improve second up and has the Gai polish.

Of the others, Sovereign Fund was good last start at Doomben, Infatuation and Fire Lane bring good Sydney form and Skirt The Law has done nothing wrong and can easily make it three from three here. A number of others have good each-way chances, but unfortunately we can’t tip them all in what looks a cracking race on paper.

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16. Empress Of Wonder – Each-way ($13/$4.00)

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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.

Tom has had a passion for the racing industry from the time he could talk. Wether it was at school, on smoko or in his own spare time, he always had his head in the form guide.He has worked hands on in the industry for years for some of Australia’s most highly regarded trainers. As a track rider, he has put the polish on some of the best horse flesh to grace the turf in recent years including the grey flash, Chautauqua, Golden slipper winner, Mossfun and sprinter-turned-sire, Deep Field to name a few.Tom has recently hung up the boots to focus solely on his punting and tipping services. With the objective of finding plenty of winners and value in the marketplace, you’ll be sure to have a fat wallet following his feature race previews.