Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch says the Gold Coast will be open for business in January and ready to welcome Victorians, subject to the Queensland government's COVID restrictions.
January's Magic Millions yearling sale will showcase the biggest catalogue it's ever offered, Bowditch said, in an strong show of support from Australia's breeders, while the gates will be open for the two feature race days on the Gold Coast subject to restrictions.
Horses gallop on Surfers Paradise Beach prior to the 2020 Magic Millions barrier draw. Credit:Photo: Getty Images
"From a sales and race day perspective it's business as usual," Bowditch said.
"Obviously we started with Ballarat [on Saturday] and we'll work our race series towards our huge race in January and all on that side of the game is looking really promising.
"On the sales side, we've got the biggest catalogue we've ever had. We've actually catalogued some 1273 yearlings for book one and book two which has never been seen before."
Unlike current restrictions in Victoria, race meetings in Queensland are open to the general public under capacity guidelines but Bowditch has his fingers crossed that those restrictions might further ease by January.
"At the races we're still working under restrictions; I think we're one person every two square metres now, so it's getting back to some normality," he said.
"Obviously the crowd at our January race day won't be as big as it normally is, it'll be under the restrictions put in place but we'll still be able to get a good amount of people in there."
While the leviathan sales agency had to adapt during 2020 with some of its other sales, like its National Broodmare Sale which was pushed back two months and limited by attendees, Bowditch said the industry has benefited from adopting new sales techniques and strategies over the past nine months.
"The industry is far better placed from a transparency and from the information they provide to buyers [point of view] and that's our job, to make sure anyone who can't get to the sale gets every bit of information they'd get and more than what they'd normally get if they were here at the sale," he said.
"We moved our sale from May-June to July-August; that was obviously the sale Sunlight went through and made $4.2 million.
"We're hopeful, especially from a domestic level, we can get as many people as we can to the sale as we possibly can under the restrictions, but from an international perspective it will be difficult and we're giving them every reason to be able to play a part from wherever they are through technology and what we can provide them through information."
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