Magic Millions 2YO Classic
|Date:||Saturday, January 13, 2024|
|Location:||Gold Coast Turf Club|
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.
2024 Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting odds
Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds as of December 4 look like this:
- Storm Boy – +450
- Bodyguard – +600
- Straight Charge – +600
- Spywire – +900
- Coleman – +1000
- Eneeza – +1400
- Erno’s Cube – +1400
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.
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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.
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.
2024 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Ballot Order
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2024 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Field
HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Magic Millions 2YO Classic field is released.
Previous Magic Millions 2YO Classic Fields
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Mishani Renegade Les Ross Ben Thompson 1 57kg 2 Sovereign Fund Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Kah 17 57kg 3 Sunsource Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 2 57kg 4 Empire Of Japan Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 11 57kg 5 Royal Entrance Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 57kg 6 Godfather Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 20 57kg 7 Chrysaor Chris Waller James Orman 13 57kg 8 Infatuation Bjorn Baker Rachel King 8 55kg 9 Fire Lane Brad Widdup Jay Ford 15 55kg 10 Platinum Jubilee Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 7 55kg 11 Croatian Belle Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 12 55kg 12 Summer Loving Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 10 55kg 13 Skirt The Law Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 4 55kg 14 Miss Coota Chris Munce Justin Huxtable 18 55kg 15 Excel D’or Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 21 55kg 16 Empress Of Wonder Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 16 55kg 17 Risky Investment (1E) Ryan Tyrell & Tom Button N/A 6 57kg 18 She’s A Rogue (2E) Chris Munce Ben Thompson 19 55kg 19 Quasimoto (3E) Clint Lundholm N/A 3 57kg 20 Trifling (4E) Helen Page N/A 5 55kg 21 Oovii (5E) Jared Wehlow N/A 14 55kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Cusack Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 5 57kg 2 Mishani Warfare Les Ross James Orman 6 57kg 3 Stupendo Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 14 57kg 4 Mishani Spartan Les Ross Jackson Morris 2 57kg 5 Golden Artie Bryan & Daniel Guy Ben Thompson 17 57kg 6 Mishani Persuasion Les Ross Rachel King 21 57kg 7 Thelwell Sharryn Livingstone Justin Stanley 5 57kg 8 Heroic Son Peter & Will Hulbert Adin Thompson 9 57kg 9 Coolangatta Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 13 55kg 10 Soaring Ambition Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 20 55kg 11 Russian Conquest Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 55kg 12 Miss Hellfire Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 11 55kg 13 Sneaky Starter Mick Mair Tiffani Brooker 10 55kg 14 Perfect Mission Michael Costa Andrew Mallyon 14 55kg 15 Snitcat Gary Portelli Jason Collett 2 55kg 16 Bright Blue Sky Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 16 55kg 17 Swiss Exile (1E) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 18 Spanish Angels (2E) Les Ross N/A 18 55kg 19 Revolutionary Miss (3E) Peter & Paul Snowden N/A 8 55kg 20 Wild Botanica (4E) Kacy Fogden N/A 15 55kg 21 Russian Warrior (5E) Allan Chau N/A 12 55kg
2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic result
Recent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winners
- Tony Gollan and Ryan Maloney combined with Skirt The Law to take out the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic, with both Gollan and Maloney recording their first win in the Gold Coast feature race. The race played out perfectly for the Better Than Ready filly, as she jumped out of the barrier nicely from barrier two and sat in behind the leaders who set a genuine tempo. Maloney just needed some luck and a gap to appear, and when it did he pushed the button and his filly booted clear. Skirt The Law officially won by 1.5 lengths over the fast-finishing Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott duo Platinum Jubilee and Summer Loving who filled the placings. After being backed into favouritism before last Saturday’s attempt at running the Magic Millions, she ended up drifting back out to $7 with online bookmakers, going out as an equal-third favourite with Platinum Jubilee, who in turn ended up running the quinella.
- The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Coolangatta was sent around as a $1.80 chance in the 2YO Classic and despite getting the job done by just 0.2 lengths, she simply never looked like getting beaten. Despite hitting the lead a touch early in the home straight, Coolangatta managed to hold off Russian Conquest to claim victory. The win took the filly’s career record to three wins from three starts, following impressive victories in the Gimcrack Stakes and B.J. McLachlan Stakes to begin her career.
- 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 ClassicPast Winners|
|2023||Skirt The Law||Ryan Maloney||Tony Gollan|
|2022||Coolangatta||James McDonald||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|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|