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Magic Millions 2yo Classic Betting Offers and Tips
The Magic Millions Sales is one of the biggest auction houses for thoroughbred horses in the world. The company holds auctions all over Australia but none get the same level of coverage as Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Queensland.
The sales are already going strong with even royalty getting involved in the action but for many, the most exciting part of the Magic Millions is the race day at Gold Coast.
Saturday is full of top quality racing and it’s all headlined by the A$2,000,000 Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
Open to two-year-olds who were sold at Magic Millions auctions, the 1200m race is always contested by a selection of very promising horses. It’s no different this year with the top three in the betting – Sunlight, Jonker and Ef Troop – particularly highly thought of.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Houtzen, trained by Toby Edmonds
2016 – Capitalist, trained by Peter & Paul Snowdon
2018 – Le Chef, trained by Darryl Hansen
2014 – Unencumbered, trained by Bjorn Baker
2013 – Real Surreal, trained by Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler
Following the Money Suggests a Two Horse Race
Although there is a very clear top three in the betting for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic, the weight of money suggests that Jonker, who caught the imagination of punters with his dominant win in the warm up race at Wyong, will start to drift sooner rather than later.
The Newcastle colt’s third straight win came by more than four lengths to prove his pace at this very early stage of his career while the booking of champion jockey, Hugh Bowman, is another big plus.
And yet despite all that, it’s been reported that barely any more is coming in for Jonker compared to Sunlight and Ef Troop.
It can often pay to follow the money when it comes to two-year-olds as those in the know often try to take advantage of big prices while they last but is writing Jonker off a mistake?
We think so.
It’s hard to overstate the quality Jonker showed at Wyong and there is nothing wrong with his barrier draw in gate three while Sunlight and Ef Troop have both been drawn out wide.
Those two are both capable of coming up with something big as the number of bets that have come in for them suggest. However, Jonker is the one we’re hanging our hat on at $4.60 with Ladbrokes.
Each-Way Options Who Can Upset the Odds
It’s easy to get swept away by the money and the glamour of the Magic Millions and forget that the 2yo Classic is contested by horses who are very much still finding their feet as thoroughbred racers.
Class has told in the past many times but the nature of the race means that the classy options are not confined to the top of the betting markets. There are several tempting options for an each-way bet and we think we’ve found a couple worth backing on Saturday.
The first outsider to consider is Bondi at $19 with Betfair.
Peter Snowden’s colt will have to reverse his form against Jonker to have any chance of winning after finishing comfortably behind him in Wyong. However, there was a feeling that Snowden has been concentration on testing his colt against quality opposition, rather than sending him out for a big, eye-catching win.
Bondi has the look of a horse with something special in the tank and $19 is a big enough price to see if he can find it at Gold Coast.
The second each-way option to consider is Outback Barbie. This stakes winner still has a great deal to prove but she’s full of promise and may have a big career ahead of her.
It would be remarkable for her to win on Saturday but a place isn’t out of the question at $23 with Centrebet.
Magic Millions 2yo Classic Top Betting Tips
Jonker to win at $4.60 with Ladbrokes
Bondi each-way at $19 with Betfair
Outback Barbie each-way at $23 with Centrebet