The Magic Night Stakes is an annual event held in late March at The Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. It is a Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies and is run under set weight condition. The race is a 1200 meters showpiece and there is up to $175, 000 in prize money to be won. Champions in the Magic Night Stakes are exempted from ballot for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes. The event is held on the same day as the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes which should complete a fine lineup of great racing. The Magic Night Stakes in 2013 was won by Scandiva with Shahad and Major Conquest settling for second and third respectively.
The race takes place one week prior to the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes and it’s an opportunity for two-year-old fillies to test their abilities to compete and try to win the Group 1 big money race. In addition to this, a good lead up race for the Magic Night Stakes is The Sweet Embrace Stakes that comes at Randwick a fortnight earlier. Victoria Vein (2002) is the last filly to claim the Magic Night Stakes and the Sweet Embrace Stakes Double.
However, no horse in recent years has managed to win the Magic Night Stakes and the Golden Slipper Stakes double.
Some of the two-year-old fillies to come just close include The Indian Ocean in 2009 who came from a good performance in the Magic Night Stakes to finishing 13th in the Slipper. On the other hand Marquardt 2nd in the Magic Night Stakes finished 6th in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s premier 2yo event. Some notable mares to have featured in the Magic Night Stakes include, Portillo in 2008 and Media in 2005 who also finished third in the Golden Slipper. Other previous winners are Ichihara (2012) and Alta (2005).
Magic Night Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Bring Me The Maid||Peggy Jean||Sultry Feeling||1:12.7|
|2012||Ichihara||Cavalry Rose||Flying Snitzel||1:10.7|
|2011||Altar||Pane In The Glass||Aerobatics||1:11.8|
|2010||Willow Creek||More Strawberries||Celts||1:11.1|
|2009||Indian Ocean||Marquardt||Shawnee Girl||1:10.7|
|2008||Portillo||Sugar Babe||Delta Girl||1:11.9|
|2007||Downhill Racer||Camarilla||Gamble Me||1:10.7|
|2006||Gold Edition||Nediym’s Glow||Catechuchu||1:11.6|
|2005||Media||Carry On Cutie||Blizzardly||1:09.4|
|2004||Alizes||Tahni Girl||Monsoon Wedding||1:09.5|
|2003||Shamekha||Bella Corona||Soak Up The Sun||1:10.6|
|2002||Victory Vein||Calaway Gal||Stratica||1:10.0|
|1999||Countess Christie||Forest Express||Danglissa||1:10.5|
|1997||Regal Chamber||Empower||Keeping Up||1:10.0|
|1996||Precious Glitter||Dashing Eagle||La Snippette||1:10.1|
|1995||Pontal Lass||Millrich||Show Of Force||1:10.4|
|1993||Bint Marscay||Tristalove||Miss Prospect||1:09.7|
|1990||Draw Card||Lusso||Wrap Around||1:14.2|
|1989||Fickle Hostess||Perfect Evening||Dazzling Flyer||1:13.3|
|1988||Comely Girl||Research||Silver Stardom||1:12.2|