Coast set to share the Magic
IT'S at the gates, and it is about to provide a windfall for the Sunshine Coast.
Saturday's $4 million Magic Millions is whipping up a horse frenzy on the Sunshine Coast.
The Gold Coast's 30th Magic Millions carnival is also putting the Sunshine Coast under the spotlight both in Australia and overseas.
The crowds drawn to Queensland's major horse racing event this week are expected to follow on to the Coast's inaugural Summer Racing the following two weekends.
And it will bring extra money and tourists to Coast attractions, restaurants and accommodation.
Coast Turf Club CEO Mick Sullivan said the Magic Millions racing carnival and the associated yearling sales had a direct benefit to the Coast Turf Club and the region.
"There is a huge economic flow-on throughout the Coast through the purchasing and the ongoing training, and syndication of horses that are purchased at the Magic Millions sales," Mr Sullivan said.
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said the annual event brought about $30 million to $40 million into Queensland.
"It is a fantastic thing for south-east Queensland," Mr Cox said.
"A lot of people come to buy horses and watch the races and some just come to have a good time.
"Whatever the reason they like spending their money."
For many trainers the Magic Millions yearlings sale is a chance to find their newest talent.
For Coast trainer Jason McLachlan the Magic Millions has been a big horse-shopping week for the past 20 years.
The previous Magic Millions winner said when it came to finding the right yearling in the sales it wasn't always about the price.
"You can find the right horse and not spend a huge amount," Mr McLachlan said.
Another Coast trainer, Mick Mair, said he was feeling confident in his Saturday's runner Mywayorthehighway in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas after her Group 3 win at the Gold Coast two weeks ago.
"It's a big race on the calendar," Mr Mair said.
"It was wet the other day when she ran and I know she can handle the dry.
"She handles both conditions well so I know she will go fine."