With the thought of Magic Millions just around the corner, the industry turns its interest to the early juvenile runners heading north in January.

Back in September Stridyl was on course at Randwick to witness the first official two-year-old trials. Three months on, some of the contenders featured in our entertainment piece are looking to line up in the Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast in January. The race day boasts $11.75 Million in prize money and coincides with their already lucrative yearling sale known for its precocious and sought-after pedigrees. 

The sale will commence on the 10th of January and conclude six days later. The race day is perfectly placed in amongst the buying frenzy on Saturday the 14th of January. Not only does it cater to the already established racehorse, but it will also host the world’s richest two-year-old maiden. 

The headliner of the race day is The Star Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic run over 1200m. It received 217 early entries with late entries and first acceptances closing on Friday the 16th

Godfather

We first saw Godfather step out on track on the 19th of September at the official two-year-old barrier trials. He ran a very gallant second behind Mach Ten. The son of I am Invincible was purchased by Bloodstock agent James Harron for $1.1M at the Magic Millions yearling sale from the Yarraman Park draft. The Breeders Plate wasn’t to be, but his first assignment was a winning one and a black-type one at that. 

The Snowden Stable opted to take the colt to Queensland last Saturday for the Listed BRC Eureka Stud Phelan Ready Stakes at Eagle Farm.  It’s no secret Harron’s aggressive purchasing tactics are deliberate, and this colt is no exception. He was purchased for a reason, as a stallion prospect. Godfather’s win in Listed company means he is currently sitting ninth in the ballot order for the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic with $87,000 prize money to his name. 

With Harron already tasting victory in 2016 with Capitalist who went on to be Golden Slipper-winning Champion two-year-old and prominent stallion at Newgate Farm, you almost expect he would have another candidate lining up the Two-Year-Old Classic assignment.  

Mach Ten

That opportunity is Mach Ten. Mach Ten also had an aggressive price tag, $1.2m to be exact. Harron selected him from the Fernrigg draft at Magic Millions, and he too was first spotted at the first official two-year-old trials in September. His fate was somewhat different to Godfather as he did take his place in the Breeders Plate. This year’s Breeders Plate oozed precocious quality. With the top three place-getters being sired by fast stallions such as Snitzel, Exceed and Excel, and Extreme Choice. Mach Ten claimed second prize in the Breeders Plate behind the current favourite for the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic, Empire Of Japan. 

There are two more qualifying races for the Two-Year-Old Classic yet to run. The Group three BJ McLachlan Stakes takes place on Boxing Day and tomorrow’s Magic Millions Wyong Two-Year-Old Classic. Michael Freedman has accepted with Mach Ten today at Wyong and jockey Joshua Parr has been booked. Mach Ten is currently eighteenth in ballot order for the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic. But with the opportunity to collect $109,000 in prize money today at Wyong, we could see him improve his position. 

Platinum Jubilee

Stridyl was lucky enough to capture the first glimpses of the Gimcrack winner Platinum Jubilee when she stepped out for the first time at the first official two-year-old trials. Since her Gimcrack win, she has trialed twice winning her most recent trial at Rosehill, and looks ready for her first assignment this preparation. She was purchased from Magic Millions for $600,00 from the Newgate Farm draft. This makes her eligible for the upcoming Two-year-Old Classic. She is currently equal fourth in ballot order. 

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