Magic Night Stakes

The Magic Night Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Rosehill Gardens offering a Golden Slipper ballot exemption to the winning two-year-old filly.

2020 Magic Night Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Thermosphere
  • 2nd: #3 Time Is Precious
  • 3rd: #10 Jemss



Held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in March, the Magic Night Stakes is a Group 3 sprint for two year old fillies. As a set weights race, the fillies are required to carry 55.5kg over the 1200m distance at Rosehill Racecourse. Worth $175,000 in prize money, the event is run on Coolmore Classic Day.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares. Other support races held on the card include the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) which is the colts & gelding’s equivalent to the Magic Night Stakes.

The Magic Night Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) that is held in one week’s time. It is a final chance for fillies to make the field for the world’s richest two-years-old race. The last Golden Slipper winner to back-up off a Magic Night Stakes run was Kiamichi (2019) who did the double, and a number of Magic Night Stakes graduates have also placed in the Golden Slipper in recent years. In 2017 the Magic Night Stakes winner Tulip went on to run third in the Golden Slipper trifecta, as did Sunlight in 2018. Sunlight would also continue on to win three Group 1 races over the next 12 months with victories in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (2018), Newmarket Handicap (2019) and William Reid Stakes (2019).

The Magic Night Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday March 14, 2020 and was won in an upset by last year’s winning stable Godolphin with Thermosphere. 

2020 Magic Night Stakes
Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies Set Weights 55.5kg
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $175,000

2020 Magic Night Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Thermosphere
  • 2nd: #3 Time Is Precious
  • 3rd: #10 Jemss

Godolphin trainer James Cummings is in with a shot at back-to-back Golden Slipper wins after the upset 2020 Magic Night Stakes win by his in-form filly Thermosphere  ($19) who is now out to emulate stablemate Kiamichi who did the Magic Night – Golden Slipper double in the wet at odds last autumn.

Click here to read more on the upset Magic Night Stakes 2020 results led by Thermosphere.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 THERMOSPHERE James Cummings James McDonald 5 55.5kg $19
2 3 TIME IS PRECIOUS Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 0.4L 2 55.5kg $8
3 10 JEMSS David Payne Glyn Schofield 0.6L 11 55.5kg $91
4 2 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Andrew Adkins 1.1L 6 55.5kg $12
5 1 STELLAR PAULINE Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.6L 3 55.5kg $3F
6 13 FALL ON A STAR Kris Lees Michael Walker 2L 1 55.5kg $61
7 7 DISMISSAL Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 3.5L 12 55.5kg $31
8 5 DUBAI STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4.8L 13 55.5kg $8
9 12 HYBRID THEORY Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 5.9L 9 55.5kg $61
10 15 ONLY MINE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 6.6L 4 55.5kg $21
11 8 KAAKIT AKIT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 8.1L 10 55.5kg $7.50
12 9 DOTTIE DEE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 9L 7 55.5kg $15
13 4 SANCY Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 10.7L 15 55.5kg $9.50
14 11 HEMBROW Michael Costa Jean Van Overmeire (a) 12.3L 14 55.5kg $61
15 14 EMBELLER John Thompson Jye McNeil 22.4L 8 55.5kg $31

2020 Magic Night Stakes Odds

The updated Magic Night Stakes 2020 betting odds on the Golden Slipper Stakes-bound fillies will be listed below with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

2020 Magic Night Stakes Field

The Magic Night Stakes field features a host of smart young fillies eyeing a run in the following weekend’s Golden Slipper field.

The 2020 Magic Night Stakes field and barriers will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and published in full below.

The Magic Night Stakes 2020 field features 15 young fillies chasing a ballot free ride into the Golden Slipper field including Team Snowden’s perennial runner-up Stellar Pauline who has had four career starts for four second place finishes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 2×222 STELLAR PAULINE Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 55.5kg
2 13 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Andrew Adkins 6 55.5kg
3 1×3 TIME IS PRECIOUS Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 2 55.5kg
4 1x SANCY Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 15 55.5kg
5 26×1 DUBAI STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 13 55.5kg
6 421 THERMOSPHERE James Cummings James McDonald 5 55.5kg
7 843 DISMISSAL Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 12 55.5kg
8 1 KAAKIT AKIT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 10 55.5kg
9 2 DOTTIE DEE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 7 55.5kg
10 43x JEMSS David Payne Glyn Schofield 11 55.5kg
11 53 HEMBROW Michael Costa Jean Van Overmeire (a) 14 55.5kg
12 1 HYBRID THEORY Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 9 55.5kg
13 6×8 FALL ON A STAR Kris Lees Michael Walker 1 55.5kg
14 3 EMBELLER John Thompson Jye McNeil 8 55.5kg
15 1 ONLY MINE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 55.5kg

Magic Night Stakes History

First held in 1978, the Magic Night Stakes was won by Jubilee Walk under M. Johnston.

Notable recent Magic Night Stakes winners include next-up Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi (2019), subsequent three-time Group 1 winning sprinter Sunlight (2018), Tulip (2017) who went on to run third next-up in the Golden Slipper Stakes, Speak Fondly (2015), Gold Edition (2006) and Victory Vein (2002).

The full Magic Night Stakes results going back to 2000 are listed in the table below.

Magic Night Stakes Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2020
Magic Night Stakes
1st Thermosphere 1 minute 13.62 seconds
2nd Time Is Precious
3rd Jemss
2019
Magic Night Stakes
1st Kiamichi  1 minute 13.24 seconds
2nd Crystal Falls
3rd Athiri
2018
Magic Night Stakes
1st Sunlight 1 minute 10.74 seconds
2nd Cristobal
3rd Sweet Ava
2017
Magic Night Stakes
1st Tulip 1 minute 12.01 seconds
2nd Alizee
3rd Memento
2016
Magic Night Stakes
1st Calliope 1 minute 9.78 seconds
2nd Omei Sword
3rd Twist Tops
2015
Magic Night Stakes
1st Speak Fondly 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Perignon
3rd Italy
2014
Magic Night Stakes
1st Bring Me The Maid 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Peggy Jean
3rd Sultry Feeling
2013
Magic Night Stakes
1st Scandiva 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Shahad
3rd Major Conquest
2012
Magic Night Stakes
1st Ichihara 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Cavalry Rose
3rd Flying Schnitzel
2011
Magic Night Stakes
1st Altar 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Pane In The Glass
3rd Aerobatics
2010
Magic Night Stakes
1st Willow Creek 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd More Strawberries
3rd Celts
2009
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Indian Ocean
1 minute 10.76 seconds
2nd Marquardt
3rd Shawnee Girl
2008
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Portillo
1 minute 11.91 seconds
2nd Sugar Babe
3rd Delta Girl
2007
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Downhill Racer
1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Camarilla
3rd Gamble Me
2006
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Gold Edition
1 minute 11.56 seconds
2nd Nediym’s Glow
3rd Catechuchu
2005
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Media
1 minute 9.38 seconds
2nd Carry On Cutie
3rd Blizzardly
2004
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Alizes
1 minute 9.46 seconds
2nd Tahni Girl
3rd Monsoon Wedding
2003
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Shamekha
1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Bella Corona
3rd Soak Up The Sun
2002
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Victory Vein
1 minute 9.96 seconds
2nd Calaway Gal
3rd Stratica
2001
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Hosannah
1 minute 10.28 seconds
2nd Hanky Panky
3rd Breezer
2000
Magic Night Stakes
1st
Preserve
1 minute 11.43 seconds
2nd Blab
3rd Ateates

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