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Countdown Begins For Australia's Richest Raceday
The stage is set for a spectacular first instalment of Australia's richest race meeting with further details released for the revamped $10 million Magic Millions Raceday program on January 9 next year. The annual Magic Millions Carnival, one of Queensland's premier events, will cement its standing as the epicentre of Australian summer racing with the exciting addition of two new races, the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) for Magic Millions and QTIS registered horses of all ages and the $250,000 Magic Millions Country Cup (1200m). As well as these program additions, prize money will double for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas to $2 million. Major increases in purses to the Magic Millions Cup, Sprint, Fillies and Mares Handicap and Trophy (Stayers Cup) will see seven races on the program offering $1 million or more with prize money distributed from first to last position in all races on the card. As part of the multi-million dollar revamp four lead-up races will be designated as 'wildcards' providing the winners automatic entry into the applicable field on Magic Millions Raceday. "The inaugural $10 million Magic Millions Raceday will deliver the most exciting racing experience we've seen in this country. It will showcase the Gold Coast and the Australian thoroughbred industry to the world at the same time as providing remarkable returns to a broad range of participants," said Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox. Due to the significant changes to the program, over the last six months Magic Millions and Racing Queensland have provided a one-off opportunity to owners of eligible older horses not nominated to the Series, to pay the nomination fee via a late registration. Accordingly, late registrations to enter the Magic Millions Race Series close this Friday July 31. A new earlier first entries deadline for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Magic Millions 3YO Guineas has been brought forward to Thursday October 1, with first entries for the remainder of the program closing on Tuesday December 29.