Contingency Plan for 2011 Magic Millions
Due to the heavy rains and floods in Queensland, Horse Racing Queensland and Magic Millions came up with contingency measures for the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions if the Gold Coast racing turf is deemed unsafe for horse racing.
Originally scheduled on the 15th of January, the race day will be cancelled for the following day if the track is not conducive for racing on its original schedule. The race day at Gold Coast will feature races with a cumulative prize pool of $4.3 million and the biggest races on schedule are the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas for three-year-olds and the $2 million Magic Millions two-year-old classic.
If the race day will be pushed back, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be re-scheduled to the 17th of January. Despite the back-up plans, the organizers of the race day are confident that Gold Coast will be declared safe come race time. However, the contingency plan is necessary for weather can be unpredictable.
Magic Millions Managing Director Stephen Silk said that having another plan guarantees that the race day will be conducted no matter what. Silk is also confident about the ability of Gold Coast to absorb heavy rain. The barrier draw for the Magic Millions two-year-old classic and the first session of the yearling sale will be held on the 12th of January.