2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival – Guide and Key info

A guide to event highlights, schedules, transport, and accommodation. The Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival is a spectacular multi-day event that seems to grow bigger every year and 2020 looks to be better than ever.

 

Event Highlights

Sat, 4 Jan 2020 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM – The Beach Club by Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial

Racebook, deluxe seafood buffet, premium beverage package including Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial, premium beer, wine, basic spirits & soft drink. Aquis $1.5 million raceday also takes place earlier in the day from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

 

Sunday 5 January – The Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo 

Taking place at Doug Jennings Park it’s a major stand-alone event on the Magic Millions calendar. Featuring a day with four polo games, live performance by the Australian Outback Spectacular team, live music concert with Mick Lindsay, and Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field.

General admission tickets are $35 and children under 15 get in free. There is also the After Party on the lawn at The Star Gold Coast.

Schedule

11:30am Gates Open to all hospitality areas
11:30am Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field opens
11:30am Game 1
12:20pm Game 2
1:25pm Divot Stomp
1:50pm Game 3
3:20pm Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field Final
3:40pm Game 4
5:00pm Live Concert – General Admission
6:00pm Event Concludes

 

Tuesday 7 January – The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw

Taking place on the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, the Barrier Draw is a real spectacle as horses take to the beach to race for the preferred starting position on race day.

With events kicking off at sunrise, 6 AM, there is also a large breakfast market and other attractions. Located Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Surfers Paradise (opposite Trickett Street) and it’s free to attend.

Barrier Draw Schedule

6:20am – First Horse Run
7:20am – Second Horse Run
7:55am – Introduction of Leading Australian Jockeys
8:35am – Third Horse Run
9:00am – Barrier Draw for the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic
9:45am – Barrier Draw for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

 

Thu, 9 Jan 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – 2020 2YO TAB Calcutta Dinner

A 2-course meal and beverages while a team of racing identities provide insights into the feature runners of the 2YO Classic race. Calcutta Draw will be conducted at 7.30pm Thursday the 9th of January at Aquis Park – Gold Coast Turf Club followed by the Calcutta Auction at 8.30 pm.

 

Wednesday 8 January onwards –  Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

The sales held at the Magic Millions Sale Complex at Aquis Park are open to the public and free to attend.

 

11th of January – The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday 

The main race day features the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas exclusively for Magic Millions graduates.

In all, there are nine races with a prize pool of over $10 million. Another highlight is the Magic Millions Racing Women’s $500,000 Bonus and Fashions on the Field.

General Admission ticketing for race day

Adult Online $50 (pre-purchase)/ Gate $60 – Child/Pensioner  $25

 

Magic Millions Raceday Events Schedule

8:45am – Gates Open Members First
9:00am – Gates Open
11:00am – Corporate Areas Open
11:00am – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Women’s Racewear registration opens
11:30am – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Women’s Racewear photographic registration to commence
12:00pm – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Men’s Racewear registrations and photographic registration to commence
12:15pm – Race 1
12:50pm – Race 2
1:00pm – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Women’s Racewear finals to commence
1:15pm – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Women’s Racewear Winner announced
1:25pm – Race 3
2:00pm – Race 4
2:05pm – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Men’s Racewear finals to commence
2:20pm – Pacific Fair Fashions on the Field – Men’s Racewear Winner announced
2:35pm – Race 5
3:15pm – Race 6
4:00pm – Race 7
4:45pm – Race 8
5:20pm – Race 9

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Accommodation for Magic Millions

The Gold Coast offers a range of family resorts through to luxury hotels which we review here. Our favorite picks that are a short drive from the track are

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise – Est. Rates 185 and up – 4.5-Star boutique style Vibe Hotel has a great location in Surfers Paradise within walking distance to Cavill Avenue, numerous attractions, and the Surfers Paradise beach. The hotel has the beautiful Nerang River at its back door and also offers a nice swimming pool.
Wyndham Surfers Paradise – With spa pool, outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, the Wyndham Surfers Paradise Resort offers apartments modern spacious apartments include full kitchen facilities, LCD, balconies, double-glazed windows, and most have ocean, river or hinterland views.

 

 

Getting There

The event is held at Aquis Park (Gold Coast Turf Club) and there is a courtesy bus service operating all day with the schedule here. There are several services running from major suburbs and transit centers making it the easiest way to and from the event.

It’s not suggested to drive as parking is very limited.

Taxi’s, limousines, and Uber all drop off/pick up near Equine CT which is a short stroll from gate 1. These services are usually in high demand, especially around the end of the event and it may pay to book in advance.

 

What is Magic Millions

Magic Millions Sales Pty Ltd is an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse auction house owned by Gerry Harvey and partner Katie Page.

Sales are held throughout the year across Australia along with the world-famous major sales during the Gold Coast event.

The Gold Coast Yearling Sale attracts buyers from across the globe and The National Sale is one of three world’s most important breeding stock sales. A famous sale is that of Winx – a $230,000 purchase from the 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale who has gone on to win 25 Group One races including 33 in succession, winning over $26 million in prize money.

In tandem with the Magic Millions Yearling Sale Series is the Magic Millions Race Series. There are 19 races across six states of Australia offering $11+ million in prizemoney culminating in the $10+ million race day on the Gold Coast which is in the top ten richest race meetings in the world.

The Magic Millions carnival centers on the main race day which is restricted to horses that have been sold or passed-in at one of the Magic Millions sales.

 

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