Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE -

THEY were wel­comed to the stage as the “ul­ti­mate tri­fecta”.

That was MC Hamish McLachlan’s apt in­tro­duc­tion for Magic Mil­lions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Barry Bowditch and co-own­ers Katie Page and

Gerry Har­vey in front of 450 VIPs at the launch party on the Surfers Par­adise beach­front this week. “Katie has en­ergy like no other woman in the world – and

Gerry just hangs on,” McLachlan dead­panned. From there, it turned into the Katie and Gerry Show as the pair en­gaged in a dou­ble act that had those as­sem­bled in stitches. Ev­ery­one knows Page, the pow­er­house CEO of their Har­vey Nor­man de­part­ment store giant, has been in­stru­men­tal in turn­ing the Magic Mil­lions horse sale into a 12day car­ni­val that is now cap­tur­ing not just Aus­tralia-wide but in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

That didn’t stop Har­vey an­nounc­ing: “It’s nice to have Katie here in charge be­cause I’ve been in charge for a long time and I’m of­fi­cially tonight telling you she’s tak­ing over and I’ll just be in the back­ground.”

Page, who may or may not have been rolling her eyes, noted: “Gerry said the same thing last year ... wel­come ev­ery­one.”

Page paid trib­ute to vis­it­ing royal

Zara Tin­dall, who helped launch their Magic Mil­lions Rac­ing Women ini­tia­tive and is at­tend­ing with hubby Mike Tin­dall.

“Zara and I have two lit­tle helpers, Mike and Gerry, and they are of­ten wan­der­ing two steps be­hind us be­cause that is how it is done.”

Katie has en­ergy like no other – Gerry just hangs on


Magic Mil­lions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Barry Bowditch (left) with Magic Mil­lions co-own­ers Katie Page and Gerry Har­vey at the glitzy launch party at Surfers Par­adise.

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