This Weekend in Racing: Magic Millions Sales

Jan 8, 2021


Time is running out to make sure YOU have YOUR say in WHO trains YOUR horses for the inaugural season of The Racing League.

Voting has been frantic, since polls opened early last Monday with the cut off date for the three eastern states now late on Sunday January 10.

A link to all trainer pitch videos is on the voting form or you can always go to to view your favourites.



Sunday 10 Jan, 5:00PM: Trainer voting closes.

This Monday, 11 Jan 9:00am: Successful trainers announced live from the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. Stay tuned for info on how to watch

The week of Monday 11 Jan: The first horses for TRL will be purchased at the Magic Millions sale.


WA Black Hearts

The big guns of the WA training ranks have come out inforce this week pitching for YOUR VOTE to train for the Black Hearts.

TRL cameras have been busy in the West, visiting the stables of leading trainers Adam Durrant, Simon Miller, Todd Harvey along with Ben and Dan Pearce.

Confidence is not a problem for Miller, who proved himself to be quite the protagonist and natural entertainer in front of the camera..if not a “little nutty”.

Click here for Simon Miller’s pitch


We appreciate the early adopters to The Racing League and your involvement in the trainer selection process…but now the fun really begins with the purchase of our first horses at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales January 11 to 17 on the Gold Coast.

We also trust you’ve enjoyed our bloodstock agent Mick Malone’s exclusive video reports on some of the hundreds of yearlings he’s viewed and the remarkable farms he’s showcased to TRL owners.

Mick now has a short list of yearlings to purchase for the TRL, those horses will go into a Pool and you’ll get to vote on which horses should join your team.

We’ll keep you up to date with daily previews, reviews and the purchases of TRL horses right throughout the Magic Millions.


Click here for an explanation of how the draft will work.



Leading trainers are now pushing for more hospitable trackwork hours and it’s about time – literally.

The trackwork tradition of the 3am alarm,  the working of horses in the dark, is being challenged because of the modern day demands of the racing industry (more travel, twilight & night meetings).

Randwick trainers Michael Freedman and John O’Shea were the first to move their start times back and it worked. Their stable staff are now happy and when a vacant position is advertised it’s quickly filled, normally from a member of an “early rising” stable.

Chris Waller is now advocating for all trainers to consider a later start in an effort to keep and attract stable staff. Click on the link below for the Ray Thomas article on racenet.


Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott can never be accused of sitting back and “not having a go”.

In a bold move Gai has sent All That Sass north for the rich Magic Millions Maiden for the team from miRunners.

All That Sass was a terrific third at Warwick Farm on Wednesday after inexplicably “tossing her head” and missing the start. Jockey Sam Clipperton reported “it was just one of those things”.

First-up through the Magic Millions Maiden, which is the richest in the land worth a staggering $242,000.

Good luck to All That Sass and her 589 owners, won’t they make some noise at the track on January 16.