2020 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Preview, Betting Tips & Predictions


Date: Saturday January 11, 2020
Track: Gold Coast
Distance: 1200m
Status: Restricted Listed
Prize Money: $2 million
Age: 2YO

The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is the biggest race of the carnival in January and with a stake worth $2 million, it’s one of the must-see races of the Australian summer.

Held at Gold Coast, the Magic Millions 2YO Classic has been the breeding ground for many top-level thoroughbreds in Australia and although it’s only available for horses purchased through the Magic Millions Sales, the quality of field isn’t diminished.

Punters love getting involved in betting on the Magic Millions Carnival, especially the 2YO Classic and we have all the info punters need.

Magic Millions 2YO Classic Date & Time 2020


The 2019 Magic Millions 2YO Classic is run on Saturday January 11, 2020 and it’s one of nine races on the Magic Millions schedule.

An official starting time has yet to be confirmed for the 2YO Classic, but it’s typically run around 3pm AEST with the 3YO Guineas being run around 1 hour before the featured race.
Official race schedule:

Race 1: Magic Millions Maiden Plate ($250,000) - 1200m
Race 2: Magic Millions Country Cup ($250,000) - 1200m
Race 3: Magic Millions QTIS Open ($1 million) - 1300m
Race 4: Magic Millions Fillies & Mares ($1 million) - 1300m
Race 5: Magic Millions Trophy ($1 million) - 2200m
Race 6: Magic Millions Snippets ($1 million) - 1200m
Race 7: Magic Millions Cup ($1 million) - 1400m
Race 8: Magic Millions 3YO Guineas ($2 million) - 1400m
Race 9: Magic Millions 2YO Classic ($2 million) - 1200m

Magic Millions 2YO Classic Betting Tips



Magic Millions 2YO Classic Field & Barrier Draw


#
Horse
Barrier
Odds
1Unite And Conquer186.50
2The Odyssey226.00
3Yes Yes Yes217.00
4Dubious75.00
5Sebrakate441.00
6Hightail1913.00
7Czarson157.50
8Exhilirates96.00
9Betaima1741.00
10Champagne Boom317.00
11Better Reflection1417.00
12Girls Are Ready1021.00
13Courseshewill1101.00
14Movie Role1313.00
15Oh Five Glory6101.00
16Champagne Jet1151.00
17Gala Miss16101.00
18Krameric521.00
19Rome813.00
20Alburq20101.00
21Lubuk1217.00

Magic Millions 2YO winners


Since the first running of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 1987, there have been many champion winners.

The quality of the field has improved in recent times, which has seen the likes of Capitalist, Houtzen and Sunlight take out the honours.

Prior to those wins, there were a few upsets from some of the lesser-fancied juveniles.

Year
Winner
2019Exhilarates
2018Sunlight
2017Houtzen
2016Capitalist
2015Le Chef
2014Unencumbered
2013Real Surreal
2012Driefontein
2011Karuta Queen
2010Military Rose
2009Phelan Ready
2008Augusta Proud
2007Mimi Lebrock
2006Mirror Mirror
2005Bradbury’s Luck
2004Dance Hero
2003Regimental Gal
2002Lovely Jubly
2001Excellerator

Magic Millions 2YO Classic history


Horses purchased from the Magic Millions Sales at Gold Coast, Tasmania, Perth and Adelaide are eligible to run in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic as a juvenile.

First run in 1987 when taken out by Snippets, the 2YO Classic has since become one of the popular races in Australia and it kicks off the year in fine style.

With ever-increasing prize money, due to the revamped Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, the 2YO Classic is now worth $2 million in 2017 the entire racing card became Australia’s first $10 million race day. That has since been surpassed by the likes of The Everest, but it’s a significant achievement for Queensland Racing.

It’s the first million-dollar race for two-year-old's in the calendar year, with the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper coming afterwards.

It has a good history of producing quality types and with recent winners such as Capitalist and Sunlight, the popularity of the 2YO Classic is always rising.

Magic Millions 2YO Classic facts


Inside barriers are key for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. 17 of the past 20 winners have jumped from single-figure barrier draws and given the short distance of the race, this has even more importance.

Bookmakers will often frame their market depending on the barrier draw and if the ante-post favourite draws wide, punters can expect much better odds than originally posted.

Expensive thoroughbreds don’t always translate into winning races and the Magic Millions is a good example of that. Winners can often be sold for small figures, which includes the likes of 2011 champion Karuta Queen ($30,000) and 2008 winner Augusta Proud, which was passed in at the sales at a price of $47,500. 

It would win for trainer Leon Macdonald and jockey Clare Lindop, who remains as the only female rider to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.