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2016 Magic Millions Day race card - Australian punters prepare for richest race day

  • The Gold Coast hosts a nine-race program on Magic Millions Day
  • 2YO Classic and 3YO Guineas both worth $2 million
  • Five races worth $1 million in prizemoney 
Buffering expected to dominate on Magic Millions Day

Magic Millions Day is Australia’s richest race day with seven races worth $1 million or more being staged at the Gold Coast on Saturday, January 9.

The Gold Coast hosts a nine-race program with two $2 million feature events and five $1 million races being held on Saturday.

Headlining the day is the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) which will be Race 8 on the card and run at 3:55pm local time and 4:55pm AEDT.

Unbeaten two-year-old colt Capitalist is all of the rage at $1.70 after drawing favourably in barrier two. He has won by close to three lengths at both starts and many expect the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained juvenile to prove too strong. Zelady’s Night Out is a strong contender but barrier 19 is not ideal for the unbeaten filly while Nikitas and Niccolance are the only other two runners that the market believes could cause an upset.

The $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) will be run as Race 7 at 3:15pm. 

Victorian colt Mahuta has won four of six and has been dealt the car park which could hurt his chances. Egyptian Symbol has been racing well, yet to miss a place from five starts, and barrier six significantly increases her chances. Flippant could make it a feature-race double for the Snowden’s and she defeated Egyptian Symbol at their last encounter. Smaller hopes go to I’m Belucci, Sir Bacchus, Madotti, Flamboyant Lass, We’re Sure and Shotacross The Bow.

The $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate (1300m) is Race 3 on the program and scheduled to run at 12:50pm.

Queensland superstar Buffering is prohibitive odds to take out the lion’s share of this contest with victory taking his earnings above $6 million. He gets in well with 61kg considering his class and if travelling to Victoria, WA and back to Queensland hasn’t affected him, he should be winning for fun. No other runners are in single figures with Steel Zip and Gundy Spirit predicted to be fighting it out for second place.

Magic Millions Day Schedule

Race 1 - 11:40AM MARRIOTT SURFERS PARADISE MAGIC MILLIONS MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES) 
Race 2 - 12:15PM SKY RACING MAGIC MILLIONS COUNTRY CUP (1200 METRES)
Race 3 - 12:50PM MAGIC MILLIONS QTIS OPEN Plate (1300 METRES)
Race 4 - 1:25PM MAGIC MILLIONS FILLIES & MARES HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
Race 5 - 2:00PM CROWN RESORTS MAGIC MILLIONS TROPHY (STAYERS CUP) (1800 METRES)
Race 6 - 2:35PM JEWEL MAGIC MILLIONS CUP (R.L.) (1400 METRES)
Race 7 - 3:15PM GOLD COAST MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS (R.L.) (1400 METRES)
Race 8 - 3:55PM JEEP MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (R.L.) (1200 METRES)
Race 9 - 4:40PM MYER MAGIC MILLIONS SPRINT (1100 METRES) 

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