RJC to program $100,000 race from April 2007

By TONY McMAHON ? THE Magic Millions Sales company, in conjunction with the Rockhampton Jockey Club, announced yesterday that they will promote a $100,000 race for two-year-olds to be run at Callaghan Park from April 2007.

New appointed RJC chairman Justin Doyle said he was elated at having received confirmation of approval of the joint venture from Queensland Racing.

"This is an exciting concept for the RJC and illustrates the standing of racing in Rockhampton when such an illustrious company as Magic Millions has come onboard with us. It is just another opportunity for owners of juveniles to race for wonderful prizemoney at Callaghan Park,'' Doyle said.

He said the inaugural race in 2007 would be the start of long relationship with Magic Millions which could lead to other ventures in the future. Magic Millions, based on the Gold Coast is the biggest bloodstock selling house of thoroughbreds in Australia and in recent years more and more of its yearlings have been making their way into Central Queensland racing. Speaking from the Magic Millions sales complex in Perth last night, David Chester, the managing director of the company, said the rich race was now on the top of the ladder with the Rockhampton Cup as far as prizemoney went at Callaghan Park.

"Rocky now has two $100,000 races and that is marvellous.

Magic Millions is sincerely delighted to be able to promote this race with the Rockhampton Jockey Club.

"It is Magic Millions' way of recognising the wonderful support Central Queensland buyers have given us over a long period.

"We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Rockhampton Jockey Club,'' Chester said.

"We already run rich MM races for twoyear-olds throughout the country. The Gold Coast is the $1 million flagship in January but others are staged at Perth, Adelaide, Launceston, Wyong, Toowoomba and now Rockhampton.

"Horses paid up for the Rockhampton race are also eligible for all the others as well.''

Yearlings bought from all MM yearlings sales in 2006 will be eligible for the $100,000 Rockhampton Magic Millions (1200m) run the following April.

Already early indications are that a record number of Central Queensland buyers will take advantage of the annual Magic Millionssponsored Rockhampton tour to the Premier Yearling Sales in autumn 2006. Doyle said he would estimate that Central Queenslanders were involved in the ownership of at least 50 Magic Millions yearlings bought at sales this year.

"Many of those horses are being trained in South-East Queensland, chasing the richer prizemoney. With this announcement of a $100,000 Magic Millions in Rocky, I would say from next year more may head this way to chase the rich stakes,'' he said.

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