The undefeated Ef Troop and the brilliant filly Sunlight have been posted as equal favourites following the release of the final field on the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Nomothaj, above, is among the final field for the 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Nomothaj, above, is among the final field for the 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

A full field of sixteen will line up in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic with five emergencies also added to the list while the all-important barrier draw will be conducted on the Surfers Paradise beach front on Tuesday morning.

The Tony Gollan trained Ef Troop will fly the flag for Queensland while Sunlight, from the South Australian stables of trainer Tony McEvoy, will be trying to take the winning trophy down south across the border.

Ef Troop and Sunlight share the top spot in the market order at $4 for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at while the number one saddlecloth holder Jonker is on the third line of betting at $5.

The Eagle Farm trained Ef Troop is the winner of his only two race starts, a 1050m two year old Handicap at Doomben on November 4 followed by a win in the Listed $100,000 Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) at Doomben on December 16.

McEvoy has brought Sunlight to the Queensland early and the Zoustar filly is undefeated from two starts at the Gold Coast on December 23 and last Saturday in an 1100m two year old Handicap.

The Lindsay Park trained Nomothaj is also another interstate raider and the winner of her only start in the Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on October 7 will wear the blinkers for the first time in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic.

The Snowden Racing Team will saddle up two runners, Legislation with Damian Browne to ride and Bondi for Blake Shinn.

Whiskey Shooter was the last filly to sneak into the final field of sixteen and will represent the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team who could have two runners if second emergency Terminology was lucky enough to gain a late call up.

Betting for the 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at $4 Ef Troop, Sunlight, $5 Jonker, $13 Bondi, $15 Nomothaj, $17 Meryl, Secret Lady, $26 Quackerjack, Legislation, Outback Barbie, Witherspoon, $34 Fullazaboot, Anthemoessa, $41 Paquirri, $51 Crockett, Skyray, Terminology, $67 Whiskey Shooter. $81 Catastrophic, $201 Spirit’s Pride, Sugar Sizzle.

Final field for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 11 JONKER David Atkins 57kg
2 11 EF TROOP Tony Gollan Matthew McGillivray 57kg
3 0x11 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Koby Jennings 57kg
4 1×4 LEGISLATION Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Browne 57kg
5 12 FULLAZABOOT Stuart Kendrick Tye Angland 57kg
6 1×27 CROCKETT Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 57kg
7 2×3 BONDI Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 57kg
8 26 SKYRAY Clarry Conners Jason Collett 57kg
9 6×1 MERYL Lee Curtis Christian Reith 55kg
10 212 SECRET LADY Gary Portelli Ben Melham 55kg
11 3×11 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 55kg
12 1x NOMOTHAJ David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 55kg
13 1 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 55kg
14 22 ANTHEMOESSA Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 55kg
15 8×33 WITHERSPOON Brad Widdup Corey Brown 55kg
16 1 WHISKEY SHOOTER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 55kg
17e 323 PAQUIRRI Gary Moore 57kg
18e 42 TERMINOLOGY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 55kg
19e 91 SPIRIT’S PRIDE Michael Nolan 57kg
20e 0154 SUGAR SIZZLE Angela Plumb Ryan Plumb 55kg
21e 3x CATASTROPHIC Chris Munce 57kg


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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.