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January 2017

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One can become rather blasé about mil- lion-dollar races nowadays, but rewind to the 1980s and a Million really was a Million. At a stroke, Joe Joyce created a landmark on the international racing calendar with the inauguration of the G1 Arlington Million in 1981. Later in that decade two sales companies at opposite ends of the world came up with similar masterstrokes. In Ireland, Goffs promot- ed the Cartier Million for graduates of its principal yearling sale; while Queensland saw the emergence of a similar concept in the shape of the Magic Millions. The Cartier Million and the Magic Mil- lions both attracted plentiful publicity, with Goffs' showpiece having the twin ad- vantages of being supported by stalwarts of Irish bloodstock and being sponsored by Cartier. However, the Cartier Million proved unsustainable – as, sadly, did the racecourse (Phoenix Park in Dublin) at which the first edition was run. In Australia, the Magic Millions got off to a flying start, helped hugely by the cha- risma of the inaugural winner, the mighty Snippets (Aus) (Lunchtime {GB}). Howev- er, it soon found itself sailing into choppy waters. The heady days of the '80s were followed by the downturn of the '90s, during which the company floundered. Happily a saviour hove into view when one of Australia's most successful busi- nessmen, Gerry Harvey, bought the com- pany 18 years ago. Initially his long-stand- ing friend John Singleton took a quarter By JOHN BERRY

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