Hamish McLachlan has been announced as the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival and Sales Ambassador. The popular presenter for the Seven Network was a clear choice to hold this significant role for the Carnival; he will be joined by leading Queensland jockey Tegan Harrison who will hold the position of Queensland Local Ambassador. The two will join returning Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women, Zara Phillips MBE, for the richest raceday in Australia on Saturday 9 January 2016.
Hamish and Tegan will feature in Magic Millions’ largest TVC and print advertising campaign to date, which marks the Carnival’s 30th year and celebrates its new $10 million prize pool, with a staggering seven races offering $1 million or more. Launching into market in October, the campaign shoot recently took place on the Gold Coast, home to the Jeep Magic Millions Carnival. It will include some of Magic Millions’ most iconic faces, with stunning footage of the latest racewear trends from Myer, set against the unique backdrop of horses pacing the length of the foreshore.
McLachlan’s appointment is an extension of his relationship with Magic Millions and Katie Page-Harvey which has spanned a number of years. Being around horses is where Hamish feels most at home, with a strong family history of racing, as well as his own representative career playing polo for Australia during the early 1990s. Hamish reports extensively on racing for the Seven Network, and will form an integral part of its broadcast of the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday in 2016.
“I grew up around horses and have always been passionate about them, and I’ve been involved in racing for as long as I can remember, so to be the Jeep Magic Millions Carnival and Sales Ambassador is a thrill and a privilege. The Magic Millions in January is a racing experience like few others. Gerry and Katie Harvey have taken a raceday and turned it into a week-long Carnival, which from 2016 becomes Australia’s richest raceday. It’s great for the Gold Coast, great for Queensland and terrific for the Australian racing industry,” McLachlan said.
Hailing from Queensland, the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions Local Ambassador, jockey Tegan Harrison, exemplifies just what is possible for women in the industry. Tegan is a true reflection of the important role Katie Page-Harvey’s pioneering concept, Magic Millions Racing Women, is playing in recognising the participation and development of women in the thoroughbred horse-racing industry. Tegan last year became the first female jockey to win back-to-back metropolitan apprentice titles with 43 wins, she was also named apprentice of the year for the second time.
“I am thrilled to be working with the Jeep Magic Millions as a Carnival Ambassador, particularly as a Queenslander. I have had a relationship with Magic Millions for years now as a jockey and enjoyed one of my biggest career highlights at their January Raceday last year. Working alongside women like Katie Page-Harvey, Zara Phillips and Francesca Cumani who are all so accomplished in their own right and share the same vision to help pave the way for other women in the industry is a real privilege,” Tegan said.
Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey said, “Hamish and Tegan join our other long-standing Magic Millions Ambassadors Zara Phillips MBE, Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women and the Seven Network’s racing expert, Francesca Cumani.”
“How lucky we are to have these amazing individuals representing our business,” she continued.
Now in its fourth year, the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative, which was launched in 2012 by Katie Page-Harvey, continues to exceed all expectations, establishing itself as a truly national initiative and growing in female participation year on year. Registrations opened this month for the 2016 Carnival, with 40 confirmed in the first week alone.
The race offers a bonus prize money incentive of $500,000, which is distributed between the first four all female owned or leased horses in finishing order of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The bonus is paid in addition to race prize money of $2 million.