Godolphin Attacks Magic Millions Meeting

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can start the new year where it left off with up to three runners at the first major race day, the carnival at the ,

Sheikh Mohammed's operation will have two certain runners at the Magic Millions meeting at the Gold Coast on January 12 – () and (Fillies and Mares) – with both winning their way in via wild card races at on Saturday.

Although most of Godolphin's racing stock are home-breds, Magic Millions Classic hopeful is an exception.

A $600,000 yearling by champion sire Snitzel out of the Group One winning mare Samaready, Exhilarates was one of the first horses bought by Godolphin at a Magic Millions sale.

She is just outside the Millions field with earnings of $47,000 following a good second in the Millions race in November.

Exhilarates has been entered for the $100,000 Clan O'Sullivan Handicap at the Gold Coast on Saturday with a decision on a run to be made later this week.

Godolphin's Australian managing director Vin Cox said he was pleased the organisation could be a part of the day.

Cox was the managing director at Magic Millions before taking up the position at Godolphin and one of the prime overs behind the $10 million day in January.

“I was a part of the decision to have a $10 million race day for Magic Millions,” Cox said.

“It is an outstanding effort by the whole team to get two wild cards into Millions day.

“Manicure had a few setbacks after the spring and everyone worked hard to get her to the stage she could win a stakes race first-up.”

Six-year-old Tally won his way in with victory in Saturday's .

Godolphin has had only one previous Magic Millions day runner, Kinshachi, who got a wild card into the Fillies and Mares race and finished seventh in 2017.

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