Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Location: Gold Coast Turf Club
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 1200m

Betting on the Magic Millions 2YO Classic begins about mid-year and continues until the race jumps in mid-January. The $2 million race is part of the Magic Millions Carnival and features the best horses bought at the previous year’s sales on the Gold Coast. Our guide to Magic Millions 2YO betting includes free tips, race history, top Aussie bookies for the Magic Millions Carnival and how qualification works for the race.

Magic Millions Qualification

The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is open to any thoroughbred purchased at the Magic Millions Sales throughout Australia. It is the second richest two-year-old race in Australia, behind only the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Run over 1200m at set weights, the 2YO Classic is the premier race during the Magic Millions Carnival at the Gold Coast Turf Club in January each year.

In 2016 the Magic Millions Raceday became Australia’s first $10 million meeting, with seven of the nine races worth $1 million or more.

The 2YO Classic highlights some of the best juveniles in Australia. Past winners include Sunlight, Capitalist, Driefontein, Dance Hero and Testa Rossa.

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic ballot order (as at 9/1/2022)

Ballot Horse Trainer Prizemoney
1 Coolangatta Ciaron Maher & David Eustace $229,000
2 Cusack Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young $139,700
3 Palazzo Spirit Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted $139,525
4 Soaring Ambition Annabel Neasham $132,050
5 Mishani Warfare Les Ross $129,550
6 Russian Conquest Peter & Paul Snowden $124,500
7 Miss Hellfire Peter & Paul Snowden $109,250
8 Stupendo Danny O’Brien $94,000
9 Mishani Spartan Les Ross $87,500
10 Golden Artie Bryan & Daniel Guy $85,000
11 Sneaky Starter Mick Mair $78,900
12 Mishani Persuasion Les Ross $73,650
13 Thelwell Sharryn Livingston $73,500
14= Philosopher Anthony & Sam Freedman $71,500
14= Latizia Ciaron Maher & David Eustace $71,500
16 Perfect Mission Michael Costa $71,350
17 Heroic Son Peter & Will Hulbert $63,375
18 Snitcat Gary Portelli $61,700
19 Bright Blue Sky Jamie Richards $50,177
20 Uncorked Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott $49,875
21 Cover Star Matt Cumani $47,600
22 Minks Star Chris Anderson $47,300
23 Rose Of Shiraz Gillian Heinrich $44,650
24 Menari Magic Paul Butterworth $42,700
25 Hard To Say Jason Dreamer $38,600
26 Swiss Exile Annabel Neasham $37,325
27 Wealthly Investor Damien Lane $36,500
28 Celtic Vader Richard & Chantelle Jolly $36,375
29 Floral Oasis Kacy Fogden $33,100
30 Out Of Aflica Will Clarken $31,950

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Final Field

No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 Cusack Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 6 57
2 Mishani Warfare Les Ross James Orman 7 57
3 Stupendo Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 19 57
4 Mishani Spartan Les Ross Jackson Morris 3 57
5 Golden Artie Bryan & Daniel Guy Ben Thompson 17 57
6 Mishani Persuasion Les Ross Rachel King 21 57
7 Thelwell Sharryn Livingstone Justin Stanley 5 57
8 Heroic Son Peter & Will Hulbert Adin Thompson 9 57
9 Coolangatta Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 13 55
10 Soaring Ambition Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 20 55
11 Russian Conquest Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 55
12 Miss Hellfire Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 11 55
13 Sneaky Starter Mick Mair Tiffani Brooker 10 55
14 Perfect Mission Michael Costa Andrew Mallyon 14 55
15 Snitcat Gary Portelli Jason Collett 2 55
16 Bright Blue Sky Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 16 55
17e Swiss Exile Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 1 57
18e Spanish Angels Les Ross TBC 18 55
19e Revolutionary Miss Peter & Paul Snowden TBC 8 55
20e Wild Botanica Kacy Fogden TBC 15 55
21e Russian Warrior Allan Chau TBC 12 55

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting odds

Coolangatta sits as heavy favourite for the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Having smashed his rivals on debut in the Gimcrack Stakes and then again in the BJ McLachlan Stakes, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Coolangatta is a dominant $1.80 favourite to claim the 2YO Classic.

Russian Conquest & Soaring Ambition are the only other runners at a single figure quote, with $8 & $9 available respectively.

Best Magic Millions 2YO Classic bookmakers

All of the trusted betting sites listed below offer markets on the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, including futures, all-in and fixed-odds options.

Due to the popularity of betting on the Magic Millions Carnival, bookmakers frame markets as early as possible which is often months in advance.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

When searching for an early Magic Millions market, it’s common that the bookmakers will list horses by their breeding as they haven’t been officially named yet.

Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting tips

It doesn’t take an expensive thoroughbred to win the 2YO Classic. Only two winners have been purchased for more than $200,000, so when you’re looking for a runner to select, it pays to stay away from big price-tags.

This a race for a speedy two-year-old which is likely to lose its pace when it matures. Only a handful of Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners have gone onto bigger and better things, so stick with the runners which have natural sprinting speed and are being targetted for the race.

Favourites have had a good record in recent history. The big field usually makes it easier for the favoured runners, and taking a banker trifecta with the market elect is a good way to play the race.

Look for the trainers which have had success on the Gold Coast and with juveniles. They know how to set their runners for a specific race – like Gai Waterhouse, who has a great record in the Magic Millions.

Check out our runner by runner preview for the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic here.

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Previous Magic Millions 2YO fields

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Alpine Edge Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 9 57
    2 Finance Tycoon Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 21 57
    3 Readily Availabull John Sargent Michael Dee 7 57
    4 Shaquero Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57
    5 Ghostwriter Annabel Neasham Luke Currie 12 57
    6 Baby Wong Stephen Jones Nash Rawiller 6 57
    7 Mishani Scandal Les Ross Michael Rodd 17 57
    8 Rambeau Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Williams 10 57
    9 Fake Love Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 20 55
    10 Mura Mura Peter & Paul Snowden John Allen 8 55
    11 She’s All Class Chris Waller James McDonald 18 55
    12 Swift Witness Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 11 55
    13 You’ll Be Mist Darryl Hansen Jim Byrne 14 55
    14 Miss Hipstar Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 19 55
    15 Queen Of Wizardry Annabel Neasham Stephanie Thornton 15 55
    16 Princess Bojack Michael Nolan Michael Cahill 5 55
    17e Ranch Hand Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 55
    18e Ruby Kisses Gary & John Moore Matthew McGillivray 4 55
    19e Mishani Enchanted Lee Ross 16 55
    20e Win Burn Stuart Kendrick 13 57
    21e Glorious Ruby Bryan Dais 2 55

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 King’s Legacy Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57
    2 Farnan Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57
    3 Rathlin Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 19 57
    4 Conceited James Cummings Damian Lane 17 57
    5 Aim Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 2 57
    6 Wisdom Of Water Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 7 57
    7 Nitrous Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 11 57
    8 Kavak Chris Munce Nash Rawiller 1 57
    9 Euphoric Summer Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr Damien Oliver 6 55
    10 Every Rose Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 9 55
    11 Gotta Kiss Steven O’Dea Stephanie Thornton 4 55
    12 Dusty Tycoon Robert Heathcote Dale Smith 15 55
    13 Lady Banff Matthew Dunn James McDonald 12 55
    14 Away Game Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 14 55
    15 Stellar Pauline Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 13 55
    16 Smart ‘N’ Sexy Toby & Trent Edmonds Matthew McGillivray 5 55
    17e Bribery Tony & Calvin McEvoy 10 55
    18e Way Beyond Stuart Kendrick 21 57
    19e The Drinks Cart Toby & Trent Edmonds 16 57
    20e Cosmic Gossip Stuart Kendrick 18 55
    21e Poupee Stuart Kendrick 3 55

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Jonker David Atkins Hugh Bowman 3 57
    2 Ef Troop Tony Gollan Matthew McGillivray 18 57
    3 Quackerjack Mark Newnham Koby Jennings 19 57
    4 Legislation Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Browne 7 57
    5 Fullazaboot Stuart Kendrick Tye Angland 21 57
    6 Crockett Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 10 57
    7 Bondi Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 20 57
    8 Skyray Clarry Conners Jason Collett 8 57
    9 Meryl Lee Curtis Christian Reith 5 55
    10 Secret Lady Gary Portelli Ben Melham 11 55
    11 Sunlight Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 15 55
    12 Nomothaj Davd & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 2 55
    13 Outback Barbie Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 12 55
    14 Anthemoessa Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 4 55
    15 Witherspoon Brad Widdup Corey Brown 12 55
    16 Whiskey Shooter Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 55
    17e Paquirri Gary Moore 17 57
    18e Terminology Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14 55
    19e Spirit’s Pride Michael Nolan 1 57
    20e Sugar Sizzle Angela Plumb 16 55
    21e Catastrophic Chris Munce 13 57

  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Jonker David Atkins 3 57 $4.80
    2 Ef Troop betting Ef Troop Tony Gollan M McGillivray 18 57 $4
    3 Quackerjack betting Quackerjack Mark Newnham K Jennings 19 57 $31
    4 Legislation betting Legislation P & P Snowden D Browne 7 57 $31
    5 Fullazaboot betting Fullazaboot Stuart Kendrick T Angland 21 57 $34
    6 Crockett betting Crockett Tony McEvoy J Kah 10 57 $34
    7 Bondi betting Bondi P & P Snowden B Shinn 20 57 $13
    8 Skyray betting Skyray Clarry Connors J Collett 8 57 $61
    9 Meryl betting Meryl Lee Curtis C Reith 5 55 $17
    10 Secret Lady betting Secret Lady Gary Portelli B Melham 11 55 $19
    11 Sunlight betting Sunlight Tony McEvoy L Currie 15 55 $3.80
    12 Nomothaj betting Nomothaj Hayes & Dabernig S Baster 2 55 $10
    13 Outback Barbie betting Outback Barbie Tony Gollan J Byrne 6 55 $34
    14 Anthemoessa betting Anthemoessa Matt Cumani J Childs 4 55 $41
    15 Witherspoon betting Witherspoon Brad Widdup C Brown 12 55 $26
    16 Whiskey Shooter betting Whiskey Shooter Waterhouse & Bott T Clark 9 55 $51
    17e Paquirri betting Paquirri Gary Moore 17 57 $101
    18e Terminology betting Terminology Waterhouse & Bott 14 55 $51
    19e Spirit's Pride betting Spirit’s Pride Michael Nolan 1 57 $201
    20e Sugar Sizzle betting Sugar Sizzle Angela Plumb R Plumb 16 55 $251
    21e Catastrophic betting Catastrophic Chris Munce 13 57 $101

2021 Magic Millions 2YO Classic result


1stShaquero ($13.00)
2ndAlpine Edge ($2.70)
3rdShe’s All Class ($1.70)

Recent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners

  • The iconic duo of Hugh Bowman and Chris Waller combined to take out the Magic Millions 2YO Classic with Shaquero. The win hand the legendary trainer his first win in thw 2YO classic event and didn’t he do it in style. Despite going around as a $13 chance, Bowman lobbed the colt in the one-one and when asked for an effort at the top of the straight he quickly put a couple of lengths on his rivals and held off Alpine Edge and race favourite She’s All Class in an emphatic win.
  • The Maher & Eustace stable produced a surprise in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic when bolting in the $2 million feature on the Gold Coast despite going around at $41. The filly was caught wide in the running, but still had plenty left in the tank when asked for an effort by Luke Currie to kick away and win by nearly two lengths on the line.
  • There was plenty of buzz around Godolphin runner Exhilarates coming into a wide-open 2YO Classic and the horse in blue delivered. Under a brilliantly timed run from Kerrin McEvoy, the $600,000 purchase pounced late down the outside to run away with the Classic victory.
  • The 2018 edition of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic was all about Sunlight and the Tony McEvoy runner didn’t disappoint. After jumping cleanly the filly trailed the leader Ef Troop throughout the entire race and when she decided to end the race, it ended. Entering the 400m mark Sunlight streaked away and recorded a comfortable and decisive victory.
  • Many punters were turned off by the wide barrier draw, but the Toby Edmonds-trained Houtzen had electric barrier speed from barrier 16 as it held off the fast finishing Chauffeur. Houtzen was unbeaten coming into the race and it kept that streak alive by running straight to the front before coming wide and putting multiple lengths on the field. The challenge came late from Chauffeur, but Houtzen had too big of a break. Read full report.
  • Capitalist was one of the shortest-priced winners in 2YO Classic history when it won paying $1.40. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt had superior form leading into the race and that proved good enough to win by 2.5 lengths over locals Nikitas and Candika. Blake Shinn was aboard the two-year-old which would later win the 2016 Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
  • Trainer Darryl Hansen scored his biggest training success when Le Chef won in 2015. The Exceed And Excel gelding was ridden by apprentice jockey Luke Tarrant, his biggest career success, and it paid $14.70 for the win. The Sunshine Coast-based gelding was able to defeat short-favourite Wicked Intent and Pepperano which finished second at odds of $11.90 to place. Le Chef didn’t continue to have a stellar career, but the $2 million purse made up for that.
  • Unencumbered will long remain as one of the most popular 2YO Classic winners as it put the now recently-passed jockey Nathan Berry on the map. The Bjorn Baker-trained colt was the $3.20 favourite and it held off the talented Oakleigh Girl. The win secured Berry’s position as one of Australia’s better up-and-coming riders and brother Tommy was on course to congratulate him.
  • Real Surreal was a large-framed filly which used a superior turn-of-foot to down Sweet Idea on the line. The Kelso Wood-trained daughter of Real Saga was best known on rain-affected tracks, but it proved too strong on a good surface to win at odds of $5.50. It was another Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner which didn’t continue on with it, but there were a couple of quality thoroughbreds in behind it.
  • Gai Waterhouse scored yet another 2YO major when Driefontein won in 2012. The Fastnet Rock filly finished second in the race, but it was determined by stewards that stablemate No Looking Back caused interference. Either way, Waterhouse was happy with the result, as were punters which took the $3.60 on offer for Driefontein. It is often remembered for the protest, but the filly was a classy thoroughbred which continued to win races at a high level.

Past Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners

Magic Millions 2YO Classic StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Shaquero Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2020 Away Game Luke Currie Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2019 Exhilarates Kerrin McEvoy James Cummings
2018 Sunlight Luke Currie Tony McEvoy
2017 Houtzen Jeff Lloyd Toby Edmonds
2016 Capitalist Blake Shinn Peter & Paul Snowden
2015 Le Chef Luke Tarrant Darryl Hansen
2014 Unencumbered Nathan Berry Bjorn Baker
2013 Real Surreal Michael Cahill Kelso Wood
2012 Driefontein Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
2011 Karuta Queen Tommy Berry Neville Layt
2010 Military Rose Stathi Katsidis Gillian Heinrich
2009 Phelean Ready Jason Holder Bruce & Jason McLachlan
2008 Augusta Proud Claire Lindop Leon Macdonald
2007 Mimi Lebrock Hugh Bowman Bart Cummings
2006 Mirror Mirror Darren Beasley Clarry Conners
2005 Bradbury’s Luck Hugh Bowman Graeme Rogerson
2004 Dance Hero Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2003 Regimental Gal Michael Rodd Shaun Dwyer
2002 Lovely Jubly Scott Seamer David Throsby
2001 Excellerator Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2000 Assertive Lad Shane Dye Gai Waterhouse

Magic Millons 2YO Classic winners pre-2000

Magic Millions 2YO Classic Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Testa Rossa
1998 Catnipped
1997 General Nediym
1996 Winger Charger
1995 Zephyrz
1994 Brave Warrior
1993 Our Fiction
1992 Clan O’Sullivan
1991 Bold Promise
1990 St Jude
1989 Sunblazer
1988 Molokai Prince
1987 Snippet
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