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Magic Millions set for Northern Expansion

Racing Queensland is set to expand its northern programming in 2020 with the introduction of the Magic Millions Guineas Series and the launch of four new feature races.

Widely viewed as one of the nation’s biggest – and well-regarded – racing brands, Magic Millions will sponsor four Guineas races across Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, with almost $250,000 in prize money and QTIS bonuses going on the line.

Building upon the established Townsville Guineas, which will enjoy a prize money increase from $30,000 to $50,000, RQ will introduce three new Magic Millions-sponsored races in July and August - the Capricorn, Whitsunday and Daintree Guineas – which will also be worth $50,000 apiece.

As a further enhancement, any QTIS registered horse which can win two or more of the Capricorn, Whitsunday and Townsville Guineas will receive a $25,000 bonus in the form of a QTISx sales voucher.

“It’s exciting to see the Magic Millions brand extending into Central and North Queensland through the Guineas Series,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“Our northern centres play a pivotal role in the Queensland racing landscape and it’s important that we recognise their contribution to the industry by building out their feature race days – making it more attractive for trainers, owners and racegoers as a whole.

“Following the success of the Northern Crowns, the Magic Millions Guineas Series should add an extra dimension to next year’s Northern Queensland Racing Carnival.”

Magic Millions MD Barry Bowditch was equally enthusiastic about the initiative.

“Via this new sponsorship we are excited to support racing in regional Queensland, in particular North Queensland,” Mr Bowditch said.

“Fostering the continued growth of the industry and our participants in regional areas throughout the racing season is a key component of our long-term commitment to Queensland.”

In addition to the Magic Millions Guineas Series, RQ has also announced the introduction of the   $105,000 Northern Jewel for three-year-olds.

Staged exclusively for QTIS horses, the inaugural edition will be held at the Mackay Turf Club in April before rotating amongst Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns in future years.

With the annual Jewel Race Day on the Gold Coast amongst the highlights on the Queensland racing calendar, the Northern Jewel is expected to attract its own following in 2020 and beyond.

“The Northern Jewel will support our highly successful QTIS program and will allow those in the north to race for metropolitan-level prize money,” Mr Parnell said.

“It complements our Summer and Winter carnivals and provides a real incentive to those who are supporting racing in the Sunshine State.”

The Magic Millions Guineas Series will be open to all three-year-old horses and not restricted to those purchased through the Magic Millions sales.

Magic Millions Guineas Series

July 4, 2020 Rockhampton JC Magic Millions Capricorn Guineas 3YO Handicap 1500m $50,000 plus QTIS bonuses
July 11, 2020  Mackay TC Magic Millions Whitsunday Guineas 3YO Handicap 1560m $50,000 plus QTIS bonuses
July 25, 2020 Townsville TC Magic Millions Townsville Guineas 3YO Handicap 1600m $50,000 plus QTIS bonuses
August 8, 2020 Cairns JC Magic Millions Daintree Guineas 3YO Handicap 1250m $50,000 plus QTIS bonuses

Northern Jewel 3YO Handicap

April 25, 2020 Mackay TC Northern Jewel 3YO Handicap (QTIS horses only) 1300M $105,000