Money doesn’t buy success in the Magic Millions

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THERE have been numerous stories not only this week, but in the years gone by about prominent owners spending up large at the Magic Millions.

While they’re free to spend as much money as they want, money doesn’t success at the Magic Millions and that is no more evident than the past winners of the race.

A $2 million yearling purchase was made on Thursday for well-bred type by I Am Invincible, but chances are it won’t be winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic come next year – we can bet our bottom dollar on it.

In fact, only one winner in the 31-year history of the 2YO Classic was sold for more than $225,000 (Bradbury’s Luck – 2005). These owners are often glorified in the media about their wealth and purchasing selection, but it doesn’t take riches to win the great Queensland sprint.

25 of the 31 editions of the Magic Millions 2YO have been won by horses sold for less than $100,000 and a few of them were purchased for under $20,000.

The big studs can continue to buy up these highly-fancied yearlings, but the sale price means nothing when it comes to the $2 million on offer for winning the race.

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2018 Magic Millions 2YO field and sales price

Most form guides don’t publish the sales price, but it can make a different to punters’ decisions when placing a bet.

Below is the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO field with the sales price. There are some highly-priced types in the field, but we’d suggest looking out for the horses that cost their owners less than $100,000.

No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Purchase price Weight Odds
1 Jonker betting Jonker David Atkins Hugh Bowman $45,000 57 $4.80
2 Ef Troop betting Ef Troop Tony Gollan M McGillivray $70,000 57 $4
3 Quackerjack betting Quackerjack Mark Newnham K Jennings $240,000 57 $31
4 Legislation betting Legislation P & P Snowden D Browne $525,000 57 $31
5 Fullazaboot betting Fullazaboot Stuart Kendrick T Angland $90,000 57 $34
6 Crockett betting Crockett Tony McEvoy J Kah $180,000 57 $34
7 Bondi betting Bondi P & P Snowden B Shinn $400,000 57 $13
8 Skyray betting Skyray Clarry Connors J Collett $60,000 57 $61
9 Meryl betting Meryl Lee Curtis C Reith $150,000 55 $17
10 Secret Lady betting Secret Lady Gary Portelli B Melham $150,000 55 $19
11 Sunlight betting Sunlight Tony McEvoy L Currie $300,000 55 $4.20
12 Nomothaj betting Nomothaj Hayes & Dabernig S Baster $420,000 55 $10
13 Outback Barbie betting Outback Barbie Tony Gollan J Byrne $210,000 55 $34
14 Anthemoessa betting Anthemoessa Matt Cumani J Childs $130,000 55 $41
15 Witherspoon betting Witherspoon Brad Widdup C Brown $500,000 55 $26
16 Whiskey Shooter betting Whiskey Shooter Waterhouse & Bott T Clark $180,000 55 $51


Most recent Magic Million 2YO Classic winners list

Year Horse Price Trainer Jockey Sire Dam
2017 Houtzen $105,000 Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd I Am Invincible Set to Unleash
2016 Capitalist $165,000 Team Snowden Blake Shinn Written Tycoon Kitalpha
2015 Le Chef $120,000 Darryl Hansen Luke Tarrant Exceed and Excel Red for Lou
2014 Unemcumbered $70,000 Bjorn Baker Nathan Berry Testa Rossa Blizzardly
2013 Real Surreal $75,000 Kelso Wood Michael Cahill Real Saga Stolen Beauty
2012 Driefontein $75,000 Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry Fastnet Rock Follow Gold
2011 Karuta Queen $30,000 Neville Layt Tommy Berry Not a Single Doubt Card Queen
2010 Military Rose $155,000 Gillian Heinrich Stathi Katsidis General Nediym Bella Maddalena
2009 Phelan Ready $150,000 Bruce & Jason McLachlan Jason Holder More than Ready Nancy Eleanor
2008 Augusta Proud $47,500 Leon Macdonald Clare Lindop More than Ready Kadasha
2007 Mimi Lebrock $170,000 Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman Show a Heart God Love It
2006 Mirror Mirror $120,000 Clarry Connors Danny Beasley Dehere Fair Vanity
2005 Bradbury’s Luck $225,000 Graeme Rogerson Hugh Bowman Redoute’s Choice Skating
2004 Dance Hero $90,000 Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce Danzero Gypsy Dancer
2003 Regimental Gal $16,500 Shaun Dwyer Michael Rodd General Nediym Hallaya
2002 Lovely Jubly $36,000 David Throsby Scott Seamer Lion Hunter Jaboulet