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10/9/2019 Magic Millions lead-up card bolstered

The Gold Coast Turf Club will introduce a new $250,000 race and also upgrade the now traditional lead-up to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) at its summer carnival. The Gold Coast meeting run the week before Magic Millions day in January has gradually grown in popularity in recent years. Four of the past five 2YO Classic winners have won the Gold Coast two-year-old race the week before Millions day. Next year the race will be split into two divisions - fillies (Aquis Gold Pearl) and colts and geldings (Aquis Gold Nugget) - on January 4. Each race will now be worth $125,000 and will be sponsored by the Aquis Group who will also have major naming rights on the day. The lead-up day will also feature a new race called The Wave (1800m) which will be run under weight-for-age conditions for three and four-year-olds. The $250,000 race will carry a wildcard to the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy and a $200,000 Magic Millions bonus.

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