Pierata wins Magic Millions Race 7 the Three-Year-Old Guineas ridden by Corey Brown. Pic Tim Marsden
Pierata wins Magic Millions Race 7 the Three-Year-Old Guineas ridden by Corey Brown. Pic Tim Marsden

Magic Millions could be held at night

THE $10 million Magic Millions race meeting could be shifted to the night within two years.

Moments after winning the $2 million 2YO Classic with Sunlight on Saturday in scorching 36 degree heat at the Gold Coast Turf Club, trainer Tony McEvoy appealed to Magic Millions co-owner Gerry Harvey to make the event a night meeting to appease connections and punters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) with Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page (right, with her hands on her hat) cheer on horses at the Magic Millions race day at Gold Coast Turf Club Pic: Luke marsden
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) with Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page (right, with her hands on her hat) cheer on horses at the Magic Millions race day at Gold Coast Turf Club Pic: Luke marsden

Harvey said he was open to the idea that would revolutionise the event that was Australia's richest race day until the introduction of The Everest in 2017.

"We thank (McEvoy) for his valuable contribution to training horses and we will consider his idea.

"The more horses he buys at the sales the more say he will get."

Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Brett Cook says it was a matter of when, not if, it happens.

"It will eventually be a night meeting that could start about 3pm," Cook said.

"It's definitely on the cards. Racing Queensland supports night racing on the Gold Coast and with the oppressive conditions over the last couple of years there is no reason why we can't have the Magic Millions racing on Saturday under lights within two years."

Cook said Racing Queensland had already given the green light to the project and is expected to lodge their application for the work within the next month after completing the final costings.

Magic Millions Race Day
Magic Millions Race Day

Once approved, Cook said the construction of the $6 million project would take between four and six months to complete.

It is part of a decade-long master plan the turf club announced last year after securing Aquis Australia as naming-rights sponsor for three-years.

The revamp will also include a hotel, residential property, track upgrades that include a synthetic polytrack and redevelopment of the "Dome" venue, betting ring and carpark.

Cook said patrons, trainers and the horses would all benefit from shifting the Magic Millions, held in the middle of summer, to the evening.

at the Magic Millions race day. Picture by Luke Marsden.
at the Magic Millions race day. Picture by Luke Marsden.

"The main thing would be for the comfort of the patrons," Cook said.

"Starting a little later takes some of the heat out of it so the public can come and enjoy the day without getting that midday heat.

"It will be better for the horses as well."



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