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2 the form Friday, January 8, 2010
Saturday's big races
Melbourne: Summer Race Day Stakes
(listed). Gold Coast: Magic Millions
Trophy ($1m), Magic Millions Classic
($2m), Magic Millions Cup ($500,000).
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NSW Provincial (Newcastle) .............. Page 4
Sydney (Randwick) ....................... Page 5
Queensland (Gold Coast) ............. Page 9
Adelaide (Morphettville Parks) . Page 22
Melbourne (Caulfield) ................ Page 28
Perth (Ascot) ............................... Page 32
NSW Country (Sapphire Coast).. Page 33
Millions not magic
enough for some
Working their magic . . . action from the sales ring this year and vendor Gerry Harvey and buyer Gai Waterhouse. Photos: Steve Holland
Pay day . . trainer Mark Kavanagh and jockey Corey Brown after
Shocking's Melbourne Cup win. Photo: Getty Images
The Magic Millions, the
brainchild of Carl Waugh,
has been pizzazed into
one of the great Austra-
lian race days and, given a free rein
or more a liberal cheque from the
Queensland Government, can
explode to worldwide proportions.
Gerry Harvey, as far removed
from Waugh as Russ Hinze or Kevin
Rudd, has cut loose on the Queens-
land Government for what he
regards as lack of financial support.
With other Magic Millions owners
John Singleton, Rob Ferguson and
Katie Paige-Harvey, he announced
this week they would like to make
Queensland the home of the world's
richest horse race.
Harvey maintained the Magic
Millions January carnival contributes
$51.9 million to Queensland, more
than any other Gold Coast event.
''We have invested over
$25 million in the past three years
[and over $100 million in the past 10
years] to take Magic Millions to the
next level in terms of prestige and
profile. However, our aim has always
been to justifiably call Magic Millions
a world-class event.
''We want Queensland to be home
to the ultimate world's richest horse
race. To make this a reality we are
here to put our money where our
mouth is. We are prepared to commit
$5 million to prizemoney for the 2011
Magic Millions 2YO Classic if the
Queensland Government will match
our contribution dollar for dollar.''
Perhaps Waugh was a man
regarded as out of his depth in 1986
when he came up with the Magic
Millions concept but the current
Magic Millions owners have already
exceeded expectations and continue
to put Queensland to the test.
Mind you, some would say the
present $600,000 in government
funding isn't bad, but, as far as Harvey
and his partners are concerned, it's
Put Queensland Racing and the
Gold Coast Turf Club, according to
Harvey, in the same mingy category
as the government.
''Why would you give $11m a year
to a car race when you've got Magic
Millions, which brings a whole heap
more, and [we] get virtually nothing,''
Saturday's program with
$5 million in prizemoney is most
acceptable compared to just about
every other major race day.
Which is a far cry from what Waugh
(1922-1998), Sydney-born but more
crusty Darling Downs, was thinking
when he came up from an incentive-
based sales, with horses purchased
having the opportunity of winning
millions in races restricted to those
sold under the Magic Millions banner.
In some aspects, Waugh had a
record that Harvey and Singleton
As far as breeding was concerned,
the Waugh family produced 4246
winners and 9870 placings. On aver-
age, the Bloodhorse Breeders'
Association showed his horses, for 20
years, won and were placed at an
average of 13.57 a week. He designed
and built the original Gold Coast sales
complex but lacked the entrepreneur-
ial flair and money power of the
Until they took over, the Magic
Millions, although laden with colour
and producing equine talent, had a
suspect financial profile. Like Waugh,
starting off in 1987, it was very much
Queensland. Trained by Sally Rogers,
Snippets, which went on to be a bril-
liant sprinter, captured the inaugural
''It was a day that belonged to Sally,
to the Gold Coast and to Queensland
Racing,'' gushed Hinze, the Racing
Minister, following the success.
At that time the Gold Coast circuit
was more provincial but is now far
more prominent, perhaps even
outgrown by the Magic Millions
In the late 1990s, the company
almost went bankrupt but was bought
out by Harvey, Singleton and
Ferguson, whose expertise has taken
the Magic Millions yearling sale in
January to a position to least rival
John Inglis and Son Easter auction at
But the Magic Millions has it critics.
''Welcome to 'Rortsville', better
known as the Magic Millions sale,''
wrote my then colleague John Schell,
recently off to greener pastures as a
jockey manager, last year.
Schell pointed out the practice of
''There's nothing illegal or wrong
with buying a horse back that you've
offered for sale,'' he wrote.
''But to most people the practice
may seem to be aimed at obtaining
the greatest benefit while remaining
insidethelaw. . .
''There's no doubt buy backs are
going to continue to occur, where to
be eligible for the Magic Millions races
ahorsehastobesoldataMMsale. . .
''Pay the commission to MM, then
fork out a nomination fee to be
included in the Magic Millions race
series. Seems a cheap way to qualify
for a potentially lucrative pay-day.''
Last year's top-priced yearlings,
and none has yet raced, were:
$2m: Encosta De Lago-Surrealist colt
(G.Waterhouse) named Royal
Battalion, a full-brother to Racing To
Win. The owners are Coolmore,
which offered the yearling, the Cobra
syndicate and Coolmore heavies.
$1.1m: Redoute's Choice-Twist My
Heart colt (BBA Ireland) - deceased.
$1m: Redoute's Choice-Strawberry
Girl colt named Toolbag. Raced by
Patinack and Singo's Stawberry Hill
Stud syndicate, with the official
trainer being John Thompson.
$700,000: Redoute's Choice-
Unearthly filly (Shadai Farm). Sent to
Still, MM group 1 winners this
season hardly reek of buy back:
ALL AMERICAN (Red Ransom-
Milva) 2009 Emirates Stakes.
$220,000 at 2007 Magic Millions
Premier Yearling Sale, Gold Coast.
Vendor: Strawberry Hill Stud. Buyer:
Mark Pilkington Bloodstock.
SCENIC SHOT (Scenic-Sweepshot)
2009 Mackinnon Stakes. $36,000 at
2004 Magic Millions Yearling Sale,
Perth. Vendor: Anita Vale Stud.
Buyer: Morton Racing Pty Ltd.
SHOCKING (Street Cry-Maria Di
Castiglia). 2009 Melbourne Cup.
$45,000 at 2007 Magic Millions Year-
ling Sale, Gold Coast Vendor: Ilala
Stud. Buyer: Washpool Lodge. Sold
for $64,000 at 2007 Magic Millions
Horses In Training Sale, Gold Coast
Vendor: Washpool Lodge. Buyer:
ROCK KINGDOM (Rock Of
Gibraltar-Happy Empress) 2009 AJC
Epsom Handicap. $200,000 at 2007
Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale,
Gold Coast. Vendor: Yallambee Stud
(as agent) Buyer: Gai Waterhouse.
Primed . . . Gold Coast
gelding Shoot Out is
taking aim at the
Photo: Paul Harris
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Max Presnell ................................................ Page 2
Race Focus .................................................. Page 3
Harness racing .......................................... Page 34
Greyhounds ............................................... Page 35
Bloodlines .............................................Page 34-35
Day/Night meetings .........Pages 15-21
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