History Of The Magic Millions

5
Feb

The Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic was first staged in 1999 at Ascot and won by the Bill Goedecke-trained Nervola Belle.

The Chanteclair mare cost $27,500 as a yearling and with Peter Knuckey in the saddle defeated Mystery Morn and Grand Turismo.

Overcoming the second widest gate in the field of 14 starters, Nervola Belle, at her first race start, scored by 3 ¾ lengths.

Favourites Park ‘N’ Party and Danish Storm ran fourth and seventh respectively.

The 2005 Magic Millions, won by Lock The Vault, was run at Belmont. Over 1200m.

It has been run at Pinjarra over 1200 since 2016.

Nervola Belle, Scottish Storm, Ravinia and Valour Road won the Magic Millions at their first race starts.

From 1999 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2015, the race has been run over 1100.

TRAINERS

Trevor Andrews is the most successful trainer of the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic with four winners: Ravinia (2006), Time To Climb (2010), Lucky Street (2015) and The River (2016).

Lou Luciani has prepared three winners: Gambei (2001), Lock The Vault (2005) & Amelia’s Reason (2008).

Simon Miller, Dan Morton and David Harrison are two-time winners.

Miller: Darlington Abbey (2012) & Valour Road (2018).

Morton: Camporella (2013) & Cadenza (2014).

Harrison: Rose Of Thunder (2003) & Western Fever (2011).

Andrews and Morton are the only trainers to go back to back

JOCKEYS

Shaun McGruddy and Pat Carbery share a record three Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winners:

McGruddy: Wolfe Dreams (2009), The River (2016) & Lucy Mae (2017).

Pat Carbery: Ravinia (2006), Time To Climb (2010) & Darlington Abbey (2012).

Paul Harvey and Dan Staeck are dual winners.

Harvey: Jestatune (2007) & Lucky Street (2015).

Staeck: Lock The Vault (2005) & Amelia’s Reason (2008).

BARRIERS

Barrier two has been the most successful with four winners.

Barrier three is next with three victories.

Barriers four, five, seven, eight and nine are dual winners.

No horse has won from gates one, ten, 11 and 12.

FASTEST TIME

1100m: Wolfe Dreams: 1.03.92sec1200m: The River: 1.10.88sec.

MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO TROPHY

The running of the race was conducted in 2009 when Flight Path, ridden by Shaun O’Donnell and trained by Len Morton, defeated Brava Fortune and Almohad.

The winning margin was ¾ of a length.

A field of 15 runners contested the 1400m event.

The Bletchley Park mare, started at $17 and was a $70,000 yearling.

TRAINERS 

The Pearce brothers have combined for three wins in the 10 year history of the event.

Dan prepared Testamezzo (2014) and Let It Slip (2016).

Ben took it out with Enchanted Dream (2017).

Neville Parnham has won the race once: Playing God (2011) and has also been placed on five further occasions.

Simon Miller is the sole trainer to win the MAGIC Millions 2YO & 3YO double, completing the feat in 2012 with Darlington Abbey (2YO) & Night War (3YO).

JOCKEYS

Jarrad Noske has the best record with three wins: Express Service (2013), Let It Slip (2016) & Enchanted Dream (2017).

Noske and Pat Carbery are the only two jockeys to win the Magic Millions 2YO and 3YO double.

Noske completed the feat in 2013: Camporella (2YO) & Express Service (3YO).

Carbery: Darlington Abbey (2012) & Night War (2012).

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au