With the ongoing redevelopment of the Gold Coast Turf Club and the turf laying almost complete, the excitement continues to build toward the expansion of the Magic Millions Race Series.
An exciting two year plan was revealed in January and parts of that announcement will immediately come into effect this coming January.
In 2024, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday’s two time-honoured marquee features – the 2YO Classic and 3YO Guineas – will both increase by $1 million to be run for $3 million apiece.
As a result, total prize money for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday will soar to $14.25 million in 2024 and $14.75 million in 2025 (up from $11.75 million in 2023), while maintaining its standing as the only raceday in the Southern Hemisphere to stage eight million-dollar plus races on the one card.
As part of the enhancements, Magic Millions will boast a winter footprint during next year’s Queensland Racing Carnival, with a new race meeting to be staged under lights at the Gold Coast Turf Club for the first time in May 2024.
Headlining the new feature evening will be a $1 million Magic Millions National 2YO Classic (1000m), coinciding with the Gold Coast National Weanling, Broodmare and Yearling Sale.
Feature night racing will continue to play a significant role annually as part of the 2025 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival, with the unveiling of a new $5.25 million, six race program to take place from Friday, January 10, 2025, the evening prior to the renowned raceday.
The program will also see the introduction of a new $3 million slot race exclusively for three-year-old sprinters over 1100 metres, and in the process, will become Australia’s most lucrative night meeting.
The addition of a feature meeting under lights in 2025 will in turn create an incredible 24 hours of racing, with an astounding $20 million on offer across the two cards with the Magic Millions Cup doubling to $2 million from 2025 and the Racing Queensland Magic Millions QTIS Open increasing to $1.5 million courtesy of a $500,000 increase.
“Thoroughbred industry sustainability is strengthened by delivering wide-reaching prizemoney opportunities to all racing participants,” Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey said.
“Whether you are a syndicate member, a first time owner, live in the country or the city, everyone should be able to qualify for prize money returns from Magic Millions races.”
To learn more visit the Magic Millions website: www.magicmillions.com.au.