Jeep Magic Mil­lions – Aus­tralia’s Rich­est Race­day

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Hamish Mclach­lan has been ap­pointed as the 2016 Jeep Magic Mil­lions Car­ni­val and Sales Am­bas­sador. The pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter for the Seven Net­work was a clear choice to hold this sig­nif­i­cant role for the Car­ni­val; he will be joined by lead­ing Queens­land lady jockey Te­gan Har­ri­son who will hold the po­si­tion of Queens­land Lo­cal Am­bas­sador. The two will join re­turn­ing Pa­tron of Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women, Zara Phillips MBE, for the rich­est race­day in Aus­tralia on Satur­day Jan­uary 9th 2016. Hamish and Te­gan will fea­ture in Magic Mil­lions’ largest TVC and print ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign to date, which marks the Car­ni­val’s 30th year and cel­e­brates its new $10 mil­lion prize pool, with a stag­ger­ing seven races of­fer­ing $1 mil­lion or more. Launch­ing into mar­ket in Oc­to­ber, the cam­paign shoot re­cently took place on the Gold Coast, home to the Jeep Magic Mil­lions Car­ni­val. It will in­clude some of Magic Mil­lions’ most iconic faces, with stun­ning footage of the lat­est racewear trends from Myer, set against the unique back­drop of horses pac­ing the length of the fore­shore. Hamish’s ap­point­ment is an ex­ten­sion of his re­la­tion­ship with Magic Mil­lions and Katie Page-har­vey which has spanned a num­ber of years. Be­ing around horses is where Hamish feels most at home, with a strong fam­ily his­tory of rac­ing, as well as his own rep­re­sen­ta­tive ca­reer play­ing polo for Aus­tralia dur­ing the early 1990s. Hamish re­ports ex­ten­sively on rac­ing for the Seven Net­work, and will form an in­te­gral part of its broad­cast of the Jeep Magic Mil­lions Race­day in 2016. “I grew up around horses and have al­ways been pas­sion­ate about them, and I’ve been in­volved in rac­ing for as long as I can re­mem­ber, so to be the Jeep Magic Mil­lions Car­ni­val and Sales Am­bas­sador is a thrill and a priv­i­lege. The Magic Mil­lions in Jan­uary is a rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence like few oth­ers. Gerry and Katie Har­vey have taken a race­day and turned it into a week-long Car­ni­val, which from 2016, be­comes Aus­tralia’s rich­est race­day. It’s great for the Gold Coast, great for Queens­land and ter­rific for the Aus­tralian rac­ing in­dus­try,” Hamish said. Hail­ing from Queens­land, the 2016 Jeep Magic Mil­lions Lo­cal Am­bas­sador, lady jockey Te­gan Har­ri­son, ex­em­pli­fies just what is pos­si­ble for fe­males in the in­dus­try. Te­gan is a true re­flec­tion of the im­por­tant role Katie Page-har­vey’s pi­o­neer­ing con­cept, Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women, is play­ing in recog­nis­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion and de­vel­op­ment of fe­males in the thor­ough­bred horse-rac­ing in­dus­try. Te­gan last year be­came the first lady jockey to win back-to-back metropoli­tan ap­pren­tice ti­tles with 43 wins, she was also named ap­pren­tice of the year for the se­cond time. “I am thrilled to be work­ing with the Jeep Magic Mil­lions as a Car­ni­val Am­bas­sador, par­tic­u­larly as a Queens­lan­der. I have had a re­la­tion­ship with Magic Mil­lions for years now as a jockey and en­joyed one of my big­gest ca­reer high­lights at their Jan­uary Race­day last year. Work­ing along­side ladies like Katie Page-har­vey, Zara Phillips and Francesca Cu­mani, who are all so ac­com­plished in their own right and share the same vi­sion to help pave the way for other fe­males in the in­dus­try is a real priv­i­lege,” Te­gan said. Magic Mil­lions co-owner Katie Page-har­vey said, “Hamish and Te­gan join our other long-stand­ing Magic Mil­lions Am­bas­sadors Zara Phillips MBE, Pa­tron of Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women and the Seven Net­work’s rac­ing ex­pert, Francesca Cu­mani.” “How lucky we are to have th­ese amaz­ing in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent­ing our busi­ness,” she con­tin­ued. Now in its fourth year, the Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women ini­tia­tive, which was launched in 2012 by Katie Page-har­vey, con­tin­ues to ex­ceed all ex­pec­ta­tions, es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a truly na­tional ini­tia­tive and grow­ing in fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion year on year. Reg­is­tra­tions opened this month for the 2016 Car­ni­val, with 40 con­firmed in the first week alone.the race of­fers a bonus prize money in­cen­tive of $500,000, which is dis­trib­uted be­tween the first four all fe­male owned or leased horses in fin­ish­ing or­der of the Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic. The bonus is paid in ad­di­tion to race prize money of $2 mil­lion.


The Jeep Magic Mil­lions Race­day will be held on Satur­day, 9 Jan­uary 2016 on Queens­land’s stun­ning Gold Coast and has be­come Aus­tralia’s rich­est race­day, of­fer­ing $10 mil­lion in prize­money over nine races. Co-owned by hus­band and wife, Gerry Har­vey and Katie Page-har­vey, the an­nual Jeep Magic Mil­lions Car­ni­val and Race­day spans over 10 days and in­cludes the show­case Gold Coast Year­ling Sale where the race­track stars of the fu­ture are sold through the Magic Mil­lions auc­tion ring at­tract­ing buy­ers from all over the world. Over 60% of prices achieved for horses sold in the main sec­tion of the sale are over six fig­ures, with the high­est price paid for a horse dur­ing each Car­ni­val usu­ally $1 mil­lion plus, lead­ing to to­tal horse sales in the vicin­ity of AU$100 mil­lion. Over the last three decades Magic Mil­lions has be­come the premier thor­ough­bred sales and rac­ing prod­uct, pi­o­neer­ing the con­cept of com­bin­ing the auc­tion of elite thor­ough­bred horses with in­cen­tive-based rac­ing.



Magic Mil­lions is the num­ber one source of Group One win­ners in Aus­tralia. Thor­ough­breds pur­chased from Magic Mil­lions sales have gone on to win some of our great­est Group One races in­clud­ing the Mel­bourne Cup, Vic­to­ria Derby and the Golden Slip­per - the world’s rich­est race for two year olds where nine of the last 12 win­ners of­fered at auc­tion were sold by Magic Mil­lions. Suc­cess­ful re­cent Magic Mil­lions grad­u­ates in­clude Van­cou­ver, Winx, Shoot­ing to Win, Boban, Dis­si­dent, Pierro, At­lantic Jewel, Zous­tar and Happy Trails.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Jeep Magic Mil­lions please visit Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women is an ini­tia­tive, launched by Katie Page-har­vey to cham­pion the par­tic­i­pa­tion, recog­ni­tion and de­vel­op­ment of women in the thor­ough­bred horserac­ing in­dus­try. Katie’s vi­sion is to con­tinue to in­crease the pro­file of women in the in­dus­try that has been her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional pas­sion for over 30 years. Fun­da­men­tal to this vi­sion is the pro­vi­sion of in­cen­tives and re­sources to ed­u­cate and en­cour­age women to be­come more ac­tive in all aspects of the thor­ough­bred rac­ing in­dus­try. The Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women’s in­cen­tive of $500,000 will be dis­trib­uted be­tween the first four all-fe­male owned or leased horses in fin­ish­ing or­der of the 2016 Jeep Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic. The bonus is in ad­di­tion to race prize­money of $2.5 mil­lion. Full de­tails and con­di­tions of the race and bonus can be found at

www. mag­icmil­­ing­women/ or ph 07 5504 1200.



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