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.

2024 Magic Night Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Drifting
  • 2nd: #3 Fly Fly
  • 3rd: #5 Chateau Miraval



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 $250,000 in prize money as of 2024, the event is run on Coolmore Classic Day.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 $1,000,000 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 $4.92 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 2022 Magic Night Stakes form was franked with the winning filly She’s Extreme going on to run second in that year’s Group 1 Inglis Sires’ before a win in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) over a mile. She further franked the form returning in the spring for placings in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (2nd) and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (3rd) before a big win in Melbourne’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m).

The Magic Night Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 16, 2024 as a last minute Golden Slipper lead-up and was won in style by the progressive Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Drifting ($4.20). 

2024 Magic Night Stakes
Date: Saturday March 16, 2024
Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies Set Weights 55.5kg
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $250,000

2024 Magic Night Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Drifting ($4.20)
  • 2nd: #3 Fly Fly
  • 3rd: #5 Chateau Miraval

The up-and-coming Team Snowden-trained Drifting ($4.20) showed nice improvement at her third career start sustaining an on-speed run and giving a great late kick to hold off the beaten favourite Fly Fly and earn a ballot free ride into Saturday week’s Golden Slipper field with a 1.18 length victory in the Magic Night Stakes 2024 results.

Click here to read more on the stylish Magic Night Stakes 2024 victory by Drifting.

2024 Magic Night Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 DRIFTING Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 9 55.5kg $4.20
2 3 FLY FLY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 1.18L 5 55.5kg $3F
3 5 CHATEAU MIRAVAL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.29L 3 55.5kg $7.50
4 2 CASTANYA Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 1.58L 2 55.5kg $3.90
5 10 SHE SMASHES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman James McDonald 3.38L 6 55.5kg $10
6 7 SOUTHERN CHARM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 6.79L 7 55.5kg $21
7 6 TOTOKA Paul Perry Dylan Gibbons (a) 8.02L 8 55.5kg $15
8 11 VALABING David Payne Ms Rachel King 9.74L 1 55.5kg $61
9 12 ITSZARBABY Gary Portelli Tom Marquand 10.71L 4 55.5kg $91
1 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman James McDonald 0
9 CANARA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0
8 GAI’S ARTIST Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Magic Night Stakes Betting Odds

The updated Magic Night Stakes 2024 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.

Arcaded ($2.90 in 2021) followed by She’s Extreme ($3.50 in 2022) and Steel City ($3 in 2023) are the last favourites in Magic Night Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 MAGIC NIGHT STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Magic Night Stakes Form

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2024 Magic Night Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Magic Night Stakes 2024 Tips on the late Slipper lead-up for fillies.

  • To Win: #3 Fly Fly ($4.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Magic Night is a wide-open affair with numerous form lines to analyze. However, Fly Fly stands out as a potential improver after tackling a tougher class of competition in her recent starts. Trained by Team Hawkes, the Trapeze Artist filly enters this race seeking her maiden win and is well-positioned for a strong showing. Drawn in barrier four, she’ll enjoy a good run with jockey Jason Collett in the saddle. Having finished a close second to Collett aboard in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace last time out, she’s likely to benefit from the experience and potentially break through for her first victory over the familiar 1200m distance.

2024 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 2024 Magic Night Stakes field and barriers will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 13, 2024 and published in full below.

The Magic Night Stakes 2024 final field features a smart line-up of last minute Golden Slipper hopefuls with markets led by Team Hawkes’ Group 2 placegetter Fly Fly.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21×24 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman James McDonald 9 55.5kg
2 21 CASTANYA Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 2 55.5kg
3 42 FLY FLY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 5 55.5kg
4 12 DRIFTING Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 11 55.5kg
5 14 CHATEAU MIRAVAL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 55.5kg
6 9×16 TOTOKA Paul Perry Dylan Gibbons (a) 8 55.5kg
7 6×51 SOUTHERN CHARM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 7 55.5kg
8 1×6 GAI’S ARTIST Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 12 55.5kg
9 23x CANARA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 55.5kg
10 31 SHE SMASHES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 6 55.5kg
11 6×58 VALABING David Payne Ms Rachel King 1 55.5kg
12 ITSZARBABY Gary Portelli Tom Marquand 4 55.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Magic Night Stakes Nominations

The early Magic Night Stakes nominations for 2024 close the Monday ahead of the event and will be provided below once confirmed by Racing NSW.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21×24 ENEEZA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 1 55.5kg
2 21 CASTANYA F 2 Annabel Neasham 2 55.5kg
3 42 FLY FLY F 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 55.5kg
4 12 DRIFTING F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 55.5kg
5 14 CHATEAU MIRAVAL F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5 55.5kg
6 9×16 TOTOKA F 2 Paul Perry 6 55.5kg
7 6×51 SOUTHERN CHARM F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 55.5kg
8 1×6 GAI’S ARTIST F 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 8 55.5kg
9 23x CANARA F 2 Chris Waller 9 55.5kg
10 31 SHE SMASHES F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 10 55.5kg
11 6×58 VALABING F 2 David Payne 11 55.5kg
12 3 FLYING STRAZ F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 12 55.5kg
13 2 YES LULU F 2 Ciaron Maher 13 55.5kg
14 ITSZARBABY F 2 Gary Portelli 14= 55.5kg
15 LILAC F 2 Annabel Neasham 14= 55.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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).

Trainer James Cummings won three straight editions of the Magic Night Stakes from 2019-2021 headed by his subsequent Golden Slipper champion Kiamichi (2019).

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

Magic Night Stakes Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2024
Magic Night Stakes
1st Drifting 1 minute 10.76 seconds
2nd Fly Fly
2nd Chateau Miraval
2023
Magic Night Stakes
1st Steel City 1 minute 10.08 seconds
2nd Blanc De Blanc
2nd August Bloom
2022
Magic Night Stakes
1st She’s Extreme 1 minute 12.17 seconds
2nd Magic Carpet
2nd Swift Sweet
2021
Magic Night Stakes
1st Arcaded 1 minute 10.29 seconds
2nd Jamaea
2nd Robodira
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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