Magic Millions Cup 2022

Saturday January 15, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Queensland horses have a poor recent record in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup

The Magic Millions Cup is a $1 million race held as part of the $10 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day in mid-January each Queensland Summer Racing Carnival. The meeting hosts nine races open only to Magic Millions Sales graduates including the $2 million Magic Millions Classic and $2 million Magic Millions Guineas.

The Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup is a Restricted Listed event offering the winner $570,000 in prize money, and is run under quality handicap conditions over 1400m. The maximum handicap is 61kg and minimum is 54kg, while the field capacity is 16 horses plus five emergencies that all came via a Magic Millions Catalogue.

Horses come into the Magic Millions Cup field via earlier summer races including the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in Sydney or the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) in Brisbane. Many runners will have had a start in either the Magic Millions Cup or another Magic Millions race in previous years. For example, in 2020 Vega One defeated the previous year’s champion Redouble with the 2019 runner-up Sambro finishing third.

The 2021 Magic Millions Cup winner Eleven Eleven meanwhile made it back-to-back Magic Millions Day wins having been awarded the 2020 Guineas after the subsequent disqualification of Alligator Blood.

The next year in 2022 Eleven Eleven made history with yet another Magic Millions Day victory to become the first two-time Magic Millions Cup winner.

The latest edition of the Magic Millions Cup ran on Saturday January 15, 2022 and saw Eleven Eleven ($8.50) make history as the race’s first two-time winner. 

2022 Magic Millions Cup Results

The official Magic Millions Cup 2022 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday January 15, 2022 and published below.

  • 1st: #4 Eleven Eleven ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #17 Holyfield
  • 3rd: #2 Apache Chase

The Gregory Hickman-trained Eleven Eleven ($8.50) continued his outstanding Magic Millions Day record with a third straight win posting back-to-back victories as the defending champion in the 2022 Magic Millions Cup results that saw four horses hit the line in a photo-finish.

Magic Millions Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday January 15, 2022
  • Track: Gold Coast Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Restricted Listed
  • Prize Money: $960,000
  • First Run: 2003

Magic Millions Cup Betting

Magic Millions Cup betting often opens before the official field is announced with all-in prices offered on the potential runners in the Restricted Listed Magic Millions Race Day event.

Horses that have run in previous editions of the race or contested another event like the Magic Millions Guineas during their three-year-old season often feature high up the Magic Millions Cup odds. In 2021 the previous year’s Magic Millions Guineas winner Eleven Eleven won the Magic Millions Cup before going back-to-back in the latter in 2022.

Previous Gold Coast race experience, being Group 1 performed, proven Group winners and gallopers from the top interstate stables are also the major players in the Magic Millions Cup betting markets each summer.

Vega One ($3.30 in 2020) was the last favourite in Magic Millions Cup betting to win.

2022 Magic Millions Cup Odds

The Magic Millions Cup 2022 odds will be listed below as soon as released.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Magic Millions Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Magic Millions Cup Field

The Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup field attracts a quality line-up of graduates out of the Magic Millions sales and many have had a previous run at the Magic Millions mid-January race day.

Lucky Hussler was at short Magic Millions Cup odds for his 2016 win

Dual Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler won the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup in 2016. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Horses from both Queensland stables and interstate training operations take to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Cup field each summer and could even be resuming in the $1 million feature.

Good lead-up races for horses into the Magic Millions Cup field include Wyong’s Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m) from December and Sydney’s Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).

Eleven Eleven (2021) was the last horse to win the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes – Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup double.

Eleven Eleven also became the first dual Magic Millions Cup champion when defending his title in 2022.

Queensland Racing take the early Magic Millions Cup nominations in late December the year before with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday before race day.

2022 Magic Millions Cup Field

The Magic Millions Cup 2022 field is set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below along with the barrier draw.

The 2022 Magic Millions Cup final field features a capacity line-of middle-distance gallopers led in betting by Godolphin’s last-start The Buffering winner Kementari carrying the 61kg top-weight and Desleigh Forster’s widely-drawn Golden Eagle four placegetter Apache Chase.

  • Scratchings: #18 Blondeau (17)

2022 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

The official Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup 2022 Nominations close in early January, just under two weeks before the iconic $10 million Magic Millions Race Day in Queensland.

Forty-two hopefuls make-up the 2022 Magic Millions Cup nominations including the James Cummings-trained The Buffering winning seven-year-old Kementari and Apache Chase for Desleigh Forster.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 5880417245 ABOVE AND BEYOND G 6 Gary Portelli 78
2 1x967x10x0 AIM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
3 28×2614341 ANIMATE G 5 Kris Lees 90
4 1210×11413 APACHE CHASE G 4 Desleigh Forster 107
5 1121322×59 AXE G 5 Michael Costa
6 x6753380x5 BADOOSH G 5 Matthew Dunn
7 21158x11x8 BALLISTIC BOY G 5 Chris Anderson 103
8 210x1227x4 BEAU ROSSA G 4 Will Clarken 106
9 427x43x158 BELTARIA G 4 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 62
10 33413243×8 BLONDEAU G 4 Chris Waller 86
11 346910×540 BOYLES G 6 Scott Henley 71
12 618x15x212 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller
13 6x7407x676 CHAPTER AND VERSE G 7 Desleigh Forster 91
14 x32749x471 CONSTANT FLIGHT G 7 David Vandyke 87.5
15 11224×7051 DR WHY NOT G 5 Lindsay Gough 85
16 x221140x77 EDISON G 5 Bjorn Baker
17 1x6756x418 ELEVEN ELEVEN G 5 Gregory Hickman
18 243x1176x9 FROSTY ROCKS G 5 Bjorn Baker
19 33x1414x46 HARD EMPIRE G 8 Toby & Trent Edmonds 102
20 22x22211x5 HEAD LEGISLATOR G 4 Matthew Dunn
21 x05206x831 HOLYFIELD G 4 Annabel Neasham
22 9x13150x24 INCREDULOUS DREAM M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
23 9067603446 IRISH SONGS G 6 Kurt Goldman
24 6602×14741 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings
25 1116x638x2 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller
26 x0301117x5 KRONE M 6 Tony Gollan 110
27 11×1 LIMITED REALITY G 3 Cameron Crockett
28 374035×337 MISHANI BULLITT G 7 Troy Pascoe 77.5
29 01x573000x MR MONEY BAGS G 7 Damien Batters
30 2112×30623 NUDGE M 5 Chris Waller 105
31 x5111630x1 OSCAR ZULU G 4 Chris Waller
32 3x3173x601 PETRONIUS G 5 Gary Moore
33 35x03930x3 POETIC CHARMER G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
34 80x17033x3 PROFIT G 5 Chris Anderson 90
35 119×543005 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller 99
36 6805x673x2 SAMBRO G 7 Chris Waller 92
37 3x18x11412 SIR ROCKET G 5 Michael Costa 80
38 34 SUGAR POP (NZ) F 3 Caroline Jennings
39 112x3x11x0 THE RITZ G 4 Michael Costa 72
40 6x3606x640 THUNDER MANIA G 4 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 71
41 9×47403756 TRUST ME G 8 Brett Partelle
42 2321334×21 TYCOONIST G 4 Chris Waller

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Magic Millions Cup Tips

Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup tips include looking for previous performers in the race from earlier years, runners with winning form at the Gold Coast track, older horses proven in top company and well-weighted gallopers in good form over the summer.

2022 Magic Millions Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Magic Millions Cup tips 2022 will be available below leading up to the Gold Coast Magic Millions Races.

  • To Win: #4 Eleven Eleven ($9.50 at time of publish) 

A bit of value offered here on this nice type in a race more open than the markets seem. Favourite Kementari gives away plenty of weight, while Apache Chase has that really wide gate. This horse has the perfect draw (5) with Hugh Bowman riding. A two-time winner from three previous Gold Coast runs, the now five-year-old won the 2020 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and last year’s edition of this race. Last start eighth was somewhat disappointing in the Razor Sharp Handicap, but carried plenty of weight and drops a bit here. Right track for an upset return to form.

Magic Millions Cup Form Guide

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Cup form guide gives you all the information you need to place a successful bet on the race including the saddlecloth numbers and starting barriers of the runners, as well as the jockeys and trainers for all horses in the field.

Doing the Magic Millions Cup form is important before enjoying a punt on the race and means looking out for runners with a good Gold Coast track record, those with winning form around the distance (1400m), horses dropping in weight from their last start and in-form summer gallopers.

2022 Magic Millions Cup Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Magic Millions Cup 2022 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Magic Millions Cup Results

Some top middle-distance gallopers have headed the Magic Millions Cup results in recent years including the event’s first dual winner Eleven Eleven (2021, 2022), Lucky Hussler (2016) and Triple Elegance (2013).

Runners from stables outside of Queensland have a dominant record in the Magic Millions Cup results from the past decade with the last Queensland-trained horses to take out the race being champion sprinter Spirit Of Boom (2012) followed more recently by the Tony Gollan-trained Vega One (2020).

Magic Millions Cup Winners

Year Winner Second Third Time
2022 Eleven Eleven Holyfield Apache Chase 1:20.50
2021 Eleven Eleven Soxagon Discharged 1:22.69
2020 Vega One Redouble Sambro 1:21.57
2019 Redouble Sambro Shogun Sun 1:21.40
2018 Care To Think Arbeitsam Snippets Land 1:20.72
2017 Testashadow Perfect Dare Snippets Land 1:21.70
2016 Lucky Hussler Strawberry Boy Baligari 1:20.43
2015 Spurtonic Strawberry Boy The Bowler 1:22.72
2014 Velrosso Phelan Ready Club Command 1:20.93
2013 Triple Elegance Gundy Son Stratford 1:21.45
2012 Spirit Of Boom Startsmeup Latin News 1:22.00
2011 Bold Glance Zero Rock Captain Sonador 1:23.23
2010 Walking Or Dancing Zero Rock Mr Unforgettable 1:21.72
2009 Masai Pride Black Piranha Voice Commander 1:21.62
2008 Theseo Upilio Five Ways 1:22.60
2007 Warrior Trader Masai Pride Master Denis 1:21.61
2006 Plans Warrior Trader Deuxieme 1:21.97
2005 Inspire Gallieni Mitanni 1:21.57
2004 Amex Milkshake Queen Amidala 1:21.29
2003 Cosmic Rays Miner’s Union Killachi 1:08.79