One of Australia’s most successful equine companies and recognisable names is saddling up for Toowoomba’s new-look spring racing spectacular.

Magic Millions is throwing its significant weight behind a “new” feature race on this Saturday’s Clifford Park Audi Centre Weetwood Race Day program.

Magic Millions will link with Toowoomba Turf Club and Racing Queensland to sponsor the inaugural $100,000 Magic Millions Garden City Guineas, formerly known at the Toowoomba Guineas.

The testing 1625-metre event for three-year-olds highlights a meeting also boasting the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap, TAB Toowoomba Cup and Toowoomba Truck Spares Pat O’Shea Two-Year-Old QTIS Plate.

Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch sees becoming a part of the Darling Downs premier race day as a perfect fit for the Queensland-based thoroughbred sales giant.

“Magic Million are significant sponsors of racing outside our own race series in all states,” Barry said.

“We have clients all over the nation.

“Our sponsorship of the Garden City Guineas is an ideal opportunity to support events in our own region. Through our strong relationship with Racing Queensland we are able to sponsor a series of Guineas races in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba. That will culminate at Clifford Park next Saturday.

“We’re very proud to support an important part of the state’s thoroughbred and breeding nurseries. A lot of the very best of Queensland’s Magic Millions graduates emerge from the region.”

Barry welcomes the concept of Spring feature racing in the Sunshine State as the nation warms to its most popular racing season of the year.

“I think the concept of Spring feature racing in Queensland is a good concept and helps mirror what is going on down south at this time of year,” Barry said.

“A stand-alone feature meeting in regional Queensland is great for the locals and a great time of the year for racegoers.

“Toowoomba is such a beautiful place. We couldn’t be happier being involved with its feature meeting and we are looking forward to being there this Saturday.

“The Guineas offers $100,000 in prize money and hopefully a nice three-year-old comes out of the race,” Barry said.

By Glen McCullough