Carnival Description
Queensland Racing

The Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival lives up to its glittering name, with a massive prize total for its single raceday that skyrocketed to $10 million for 2017, ranking the January event in the world’s top ten richest race meetings. It’s an integral part of the Australian racing calendar and injects around $90 million-plus into the local economy.

The Carnival’s annual yearling sale attracts high profile buyers from around the world as well as leading Australian trainers, and yearlings purchased from the sale often go on to become elite performers before becoming valuable stallions and broodmares after retirement from the track.

The Magic Millions is regarded as a top-level auction in global racing circles, with buyers from Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the Middle East flooding into the Gold Coast. The Godolphin Stable, owned by the ruling family of Dubai, has been a prominent buyer at the auction in recent years. In 2016, the Sales grossed more than $116 million – again, living up to this cashed-up Carnival’s lucrative name. The theatre and big-money bidding as the gleaming young future champions parade in the ring is a spectacle not to be missed, and some of the shopping sprees are mind-boggling – Aussie super-trainer Gai Waterhouse purchased 22 yearlings for $4.8 million in 2015 without batting an eyelid.

Whether you’re at the races or the sales or soak up the riveting atmosphere at both, you’ll rub shoulders with countless racing identities, celebrities and the Gold Coast A-list in a glitzy extravaganza where everyone feels lucky.

Starts: 14th January 2017
Ends: 7th November 2017
Queensland Racing
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