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Seven partners with Magic Millions until 2027

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Queensland’s biggest race meeting will be broadcast live and free on Seven and 7plus until 2027, with the Seven Network extending its rich association with Magic Millions Raceday in a new six-year broadcast partnership.

With comprehensive coverage across Channel 7 and 7plus, Australia’s #1 racing commentary team will once again be on hand to deliver an incredible day of thoroughbred racing and bring to life all the great moments of Magic Millions Raceday.

As the most exciting day on the Queensland racing calendar, Magic Millions Raceday is a must-watch event and we can’t wait to bring fans all the action from the Gold Coast once again in 2023 and beyond.

There’s no better way to open our electrifying 2023 racing coverage and we look forward to continuing our close partnership with Magic Millions.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Magic Millions is delighted to renew its broadcast deal with the Seven Network, which will see our partnership extend until 2027.

The Seven Network racing broadcast team are arguably the best in the world. Seven’s team of experts take the palpable excitement of our world-class raceday and ensure the audience – racing and sporting fans from across Australia – experience the thrill and adrenaline as if they were on the Gold Coast.

Seven acknowledges that The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is a spectacle of thoroughbred racing excellence and entertainment like no other. Together we have been able to build the raceday audience to millions of Australians.

Katie Page, Magic Millions co-owner

On 15 January this year, racing lovers enjoyed an action-packed day at Gold Coast Race Club, where Coolangatta proved herself as one of the country’s best two-year-olds with a thrilling win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

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Autumn Racing takes centre stage

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Group 1 stars set to shine on Seven and 7plus

Some of Australian racing’s most coveted prizes go on the line over the coming weeks as the Autumn Racing Carnival heats up on the Seven Network, including the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington and the 66th running of the $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

The Autumn Racing Carnival kicks up a gear tomorrow with a huge day of thoroughbred racing from Randwick Guineas Day and Australian Guineas Day at Flemington, including three Group 1 races live and free from 12pm AEDT on Seven and 7plus.

Over the next 11 Saturdays, fans will enjoy the very best racing from the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Carnivals live and free on Seven and 7plus, with the highlights including:  

  • Flemington Super Saturday on 12 March, featuring the coveted Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) and Newmarket Handicap (1200m) 
  • The 66th running of the $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), the world’s richest race for two-year-olds and one of five Group 1 races at Rosehill Gardens on 19 March
  • The $5 million All-Star Mile, the world’s richest 1600m race, at Flemington on 19 March
  • The Championships, which features eight Group 1 races across two action-packed Saturdays at Randwick on 2 and 9 April

Seven’s own pre-eminent sports broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney said this year’s Autumn Carnival could provide us with more history-making highlights:

Autumn racing has provided so many incredible highlights in recent years – who can forget Winx’s spectacular 2019 retirement? This year all eyes will be on Verry Elleegant. If everything goes right for her, expectations are she’ll run in Europe at the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Championships have provided the spice to the autumn that we’ve historically experienced in spring racing here in Australia. The $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes will decide our horse of the year, and there are a number of key contenders seeking the crown.

For the first time on the same day, we have the world’s richest two-year-old race, and the Golden Slipper and All-Star Mile are both now worth $5 million. It’s going to be spine tingling.

Bruce McAvaney

Magic Millions to dazzle on Seven

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Live and free this Saturday from the Gold Coast

Australia’s glittering Magic Millions Raceday takes centre stage on the Seven Network this Saturday, when fans will enjoy Summer Racing’s biggest day, with all the live and free thoroughbred racing action and trackside colour from the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club.

One of the strongest fields ever assembled will contest the jewel in the crown, the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), with the Ciaron Maher trained and aptly-named filly Coolangatta the unbeaten favourite.

Saturday’s live coverage begins at 1.00pm AEDT on 7two and 7plus and will be anchored by Australia’s pre-eminent sport broadcaster Bruce McAvaney.

Bruce will be joined by Seven’s unbeatable commentary team led by Hamish McLachlan from the Gold Coast including Katelyn Mallyon, Emma Freedman and Lizzie Jelfs, while Kate Waterhouse will cover all the trackside fashion and fun from the dazzling event.

Having cemented its reputation on the international racing scene as a must-attend event for racing’s elite, punters and fashionistas alike, the $2 million Classic is the highlight of Magic Millions Raceday, a $10.5 million, nine-race program that includes seven races worth over $1 million each.

Another key feature is the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) for three-year-olds. Jamaea will start as one of the favourites in the event, with the star filly’s main competition expected to come from King of Sparta and Starman.

Magic Millions Raceday is just the beginning. Fans can strap themselves in for an epic weekend of sport on Seven, featuring the fifth Ashes Test, Big Bash League, AFLW and the NFL Wild Card round.

It is all set to kick off today with the Fifth Test in Hobart between Australia and England from 2.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

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It’s show time for Spring Racing on Seven

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Epsom Day and Turnbull Stakes Day live and free on Saturday

Spring Racing kicks up a gear on the Seven Network this Saturday, with live and free coverage of the best thoroughbred action from Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington and Epsom Day at Royal Randwick.

Saturday’s racing is highlighted by the $1.5 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, and the $1 million Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Seven’s coverage begins at 12.00pm AEST on Channel 7, 7two and 7plus and will be led by Australia’s pre-eminent sport broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney, with fan favourite Jason Richardson. Also joining racing’s #1 commentary team is Emma Freedman, daughter of five-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Lee Freedman.

Freedman will anchor Seven’s Sydney Spring Racing coverage, kicking off with Epsom Day on Saturday alongside Katelyn Mallyon, Gerard Middleton and Sky Racing’s Lizzie Jelfs trackside at Randwick.

The Turnbull Stakes is headlined by Sydney star Verry Elleegant, attempting to defend her Turnbull crown to take to her 10th Group 1. However, the champion mare is up against exciting galloper Incentivise while Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet, who charged home behind Incentivise in the Makybe Diva Stakes, looks to be in for a very good preparation.

Star trainer Gai Waterhouse is looking for her eighth win in the Epsom Handicap with leading hope Riodini from a wide barrier and Discharged. Doncaster winner Cascadian is already proven at the Randwick Mile with placegetters Icebath and Dalasan chasing elusive Group 1 wins, while champion trainer Chris Waller has four of the past eight editions and saddles up five runners including last start Bill Ritchie winner Atishu and multiple Group 1 winner Hungry Heart.

In the Metropolitan Handicap, Group 1 winner Montefilia is looking to become the first mare since Coco Cobanna (2000) to win, while promising import Zeyrek gains a start and is ready to peak third up for Team Hawkes. 

Seven this week announced the very best Australian thoroughbred racing will now be shown live and free every Saturday of the year as part of the most significant free-to-air television deal in the history of the sport.

The historic, long-term agreement to 2027 with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA firmly cements Seven as Australia’s Home of Racing, and means Australians will enjoy 52 weeks of elite racing across the nation.

Over the coming weeks, Seven will broadcast Spring Racing’s finest thoroughbred action from around Australia, including the Caulfield Cup, Everest, Cox Plate and Golden Eagle.

Landmark deal secured for Australian racing

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

The Seven Network is proud to announce the very best Australian thoroughbred racing will now be shown live and free every Saturday of the year as part of the most significant free-to-air television deal in the history of the sport.

Seven has partnered with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA in the historic, long-term deal that unites Australian thoroughbred racing like never before.

The agreement to 2027 firmly cements Seven as Australia’s Home of Racing, and means Australians will enjoy 52 weeks of elite racing across the nation, including:

  • NSW – every Group 1 and feature race, highlighted by the Golden Slipper, The Championships, The Everest and Golden Eagle
  • Victoria – the very best of Melbourne’s time-honoured events headlined by the All-Star Mile, Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate
  • Queensland – the Summer and Winter Carnivals, featuring the highly coveted Queensland Oaks, Queensland Derby and Stradbroke Handicap
  • South Australia – the May Carnival and the jewels in its crown, the South Australian Derby, South Australian Oaks and Goodwood Handicap.

Seven has a long and proud history of bringing horse racing to Australian television viewers and I’m very pleased to announce this innovative, comprehensive long-term agreement.

It is great news for Seven, our partners, the fans and horse racing in general, and it reinforces our position as the home of the best sport on television, all live and free.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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