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Magic Millions MD Welcomes Ownership Enquiry
Racing Queensland has commenced a hearing into "the bona fides of the ownership of four runners [that] has the potential to change the result of this year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic", reports dailytelegraph.com.au. Suzanne Donnellan, owner of 2YO filly Greytfilly (9th in the Magic Millions on January 12) has alleged that "ownerships of the [four] horses were falsified to make the horses eligible for a rich bonus attached to the race." The allegations centre on the newly implemented $500,000 'Women in Racing' bonus where ownership of a particular runner in the race is 100 per cent female, and were distributed with $325,000 to the first eligible runner home, $100,000 (second), $50,000 (third) and $25,000 (fourth). Real Surreal (1st placegetter), Missy Longstocking (3rd) & Global Dream (4th) were set to be awarded the bonuses, but the dispute has meant the bonus money is currently being held pending the outcome. Adding another twist to the saga, "if it is proven the ownership of any of the placegetters was not legitimate, they would not only lose the bonus portion of the prizemoney, but stewards would also have the option of disqualifying them entirely from the race." Winner Real Surreal's "purse" (including the bonus) was the highest ever in Queensland racing history at $1,490,000. Welcoming the enquiry, Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox commented, "This is a great promotion and it's good there is due process in racing where these things can be checked out."