Magic Millions 2YO Classic Tips & Preview 2023

Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Looking for Magic Millions 2YO Classic tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast.



Plenty of chances in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and it is a couple that will be wearing the China Horse Club colours that head the market with Palmerbet in Empire Of Japan at the $5 quote and Sovereign Fund at $5.50. 

Skirt The Law ($7) and Platinum Jubilee ($9.50) are others under double figures. The last start Randwick winner, Infatuation, is at $12. Empress Of Wonder is another at $12, while Royal Entrance ($13) heads the rest of the 16-horse field and the five emergencies.



No real superstars yet on times and figures but that might change. The race favourite, Empire Of Japan, settled back at Randwick over the 1100m on December 24 and they absolutely crawled early on. The Team Snowden-trained galloper ran home well for 3rd behind Fire Lane, while Platinum Jubilee was runner-up. 

The winner out of that is on the drift and out to $26. She settled handy and went 7.4 lengths slower than standard benchmark. Empire Of Japan should have scope for improvement and went 6.6 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Breeders Stakes (1000m) by three lengths on debut back in October. 

They are the best figures that any horse in this race has produced. Platinum Jubilee boasts a similar figure when going 5.5 lengths faster than standard on the same day at Randwick, taking out the Gimcrack Stakes. She led and was nailed late by Fire Lane. 

Only one other horse in the field has ventured into the positive benchmark territory and that was Infatuation, who went 0.8 lengths faster than standard when an unlucky 5th on debut. She went 6.8 lengths slower than standard in her recent win. 

Five horses come out of the 2YO race that was run at Doomben on New Years Eve. That was taken out by Sovereign Fund in what was essentially a trial. He led at a slow tempo and cruised home to win by more than three lengths. Another Snowden contender, he went just four lengths slower than standard but came home in 33.24 on a Soft track over the last 600m. 

He has some obvious scope to raise the bar. Hard to see any of the beaten brigade from that race turning the tables. Worth noting that Mishani Renegade was unbeaten in his three starts heading in before being rolled by three lengths. 

Sovereign Fund is one of four gallopers that have won two of two races. The others are Royal Entrance, Croatian Belle and Skirt The Law. All three are likely to need to produce a personal best but this is wide open. 

Is there a diamond in the rough? Empress Of Wonder has been very green in her two runs but has managed to rattle home at both Flemington on debut and then at Eagle Farm over the 1000m when giving Malaboom too much of a start. She could be anything and the 1200m suits but she draws barrier 16. 


An obviously tough race to predict but we must respect the Snowden camp and I do like Empire Of Japan, despite the fact he missed out at Randwick as a $2.50 favourite on Christmas Eve. He was a late drifter that day but arguably could have won after not having everything go his way from the 600m to the turn. He does have scope for improvement and James McDonald sticks on board. I will definitely be having something on Empress Of Wonder. The Anabel Neasham-trained galloper is one of nine fillies in the race and does seem to have a bit of scope in comparison to some of the others. Look for her to be charging home late in the piece.