For the first time in Australian racing history a major thoroughbred race’s barrier draw will be conducted on the sand when the Magic Millions Classic 2012 barriers are revealed on the beach at the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise next Tuesday, January 10, aptly being dubbed the ‘Melbourne Cup in Shorts’.
The Gold Coast Turf Club’s biggest race meeting annually, the 2012 BMW Magic Millions Race Day is scheduled to light up the course on Saturday January 14.
Headlining the bumper nine-race program is the lucrative and much-awaited $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), the field for which is due out on Monday.
Following the release of the capacity 16-starter, five emergency Magic Millions Classic final field, the all-important barriers will then be drawn by the connections of the acceptors the following morning at 8:30am (QLD time).
The chances of the Magic Millions hopefuls very much relies on the barriers, a good draw considered crucial.
History supports this as the last Magic Millions Classic winner to jump from double digits was Mirror Mirror who overcame gate 15 to win in 2006.
“It (the barrier draw) can have a huge bearing on the outcome of the race,” Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said.
“The barriers are so important.
“If you get the right draw it can have a huge impact on your chances.”
Last year’s Magic Millions Classic winner Karuta Queen won from barrier seven, while gate two has produced two recent champions with Augusta Proud (2008) and Bradbury’s Luck (2005).
Adding to the excitement on Tuesday morning will be a two-horse gallop down the glitter strip’s famous foreshore to further promote the Magic Millions Carnival.
Punters don’t have to wait until next week to get in on the Magic Millions betting action.
Right now at Luxbet all-in markets are open for both the Magic Millions Classic and the MM 3YO Guineas.