Magic Millons Classic 2024

Distance: 1200m | Conditions: Set Weights | Rail Position: True | Track Condition: Heavy 8 (at time of publish)

As they are every January in Queensland, the juvenile’s take centrestage in the Magic Millions Classic, as we hunt for the next emerging talent in racing! With rain lingering we could be in for similar conditions to last year, however with the track redevelopments taking place at Gold Coast Turf Club throughout the last 12 months hopefully we can avoid the same outcome.

WISHTIPS

SPEED MAP

Big races like Magic Millions always have a stack of speed and with Storm Boy and Spywire drawing 10 and 2 respectively, this year’s edition will be no different. Arabian Summer will likely settle just off the speed alongside Highness and Wolfgang. Any combination of runners could end up midfield while Parkour and Jenni’s Meadows looks the most likely of the backmarkers.

WISHTIPS

KEY RUNNERS

1: jockey silks Storm Boy (10)

Looking to keep his undefeated record up with three on the bounce here. Has been dominant in his two lead up runs, one of which was on rain affected ground. Should it be a leader bias track in wet conditions on the Goldy, he should get to the front and be very hard to run down. All things equal he looks very hard to beat.

2: jockey silks Spywire (12)

Son of Trapeze Artist who is one of the most speculated horses in the race given his form leading into this. Only slip up came in the Wyong Magic Millions where he was pinched on the line by Highness (and pulled up lame), but then bounced back in the Golden Nugget last time out. JMac should land him in a prominent position from the wide draw and should be somewhere abouts in the finish.

 

3: jockey silksParkour (17)

The Godolphin colt was eye-catching in his last start at Randwick where he picked up the entire field from last in impressive fashion. Drawn the carpark but has form around Arabian Summer and looks a nice type, watch for him late.

4: jockey silks Highness (4)

You get the idea Berry liked what he felt under him judging by his reaction past the post in the Wyong 2YO Classic. Appeared a touch under pressure at the top of his straight but got into his work late and let down with a big finish. In an astute stable and drawn to make an impact.

5: jockey silks Wolfgang (2)

The son of Exceed and Excel is gunning for his third straight win but this is in much tougher company. Shinn sticks aboard which is a plus but I think he’ll find it tough.

6: jockey silksVianarra (15)

Has been racing well without really threatening to win. Gate hurts his chances but should run better than his odds suggest.

7: jockey silks Mishani Hercules (1)

Four start maiden who was safely held by Wolfgang a fortnight ago, would take a monumental effort come up with a result here.

8: jockey silks Arabian Summer (9)

Looks the pick of the fillies and will look to emulate what Sunlight did for the McEvoy stable back in 2018. Arrogant last start win in the Gold Pearl and from 9 should land in a nice spot again. Looks a nice betting prospect.

 

9: jockey silks Mishani Aloha (8)

Ticks numerous boxes this horse including rain affected going but doubt she’s got the class to figure here judging by her 12L 5th to Storm Boy last start.

10: jockey silksPoster Girl (6)

Yet to finish outside the quinella, including a 2.5L second to Storm Boy last start. Obviously needs a big effort to turn the tables there but possesses a damaging turn of foot.

11: jockey silks Erno’s Cube (7)

Nice win second up then safely held last start at Randwick five weeks between runs. Can expect an improved effort.

12: jockey silks Jenni’s Meadow (5)

Intriguing runner from the Hayes yard. Scored narrowly on debut despite having plenty of excuses and I think has some X-factor. This is a big step up but drawn to get every chance and could shock at odds.

13: jockey silks Territory Ash (14)

Plenty of merit in her maiden win at the Sunshine Coast on a soft deck , then found Arabian Summer too quick last start. Has beaten Poster Girl but lands at double the price. Can make a case for her.

14: jockey silks Mishani Ego (13)

Was a beaten $1.50 shot at Ipswich two back before being well beaten by Arabian Summer last start. Can’t have her on those efforts.

15: jockey silks Mishani Express (16)

Consistent galloper for the Les Ross team but yet to get a win under the belt despite placing in all but her last start. This is even tougher and wide draw has sealed her fate.

16: jockey silks Sheza Chiquitita (9)

Narrow winner in Toowoomba on debut but has looked out of her depth since coming to town and this is another step up again.

WISHTIPS

BETTING STRATEGY

Will be a tough ask but I’m going to hope for the favourite to get beaten:

8: jockey silks Arabian Summer

1 unit on Arabian Summer