Magic Millions last week announced Australian Group One winning jockey Kathy O’Hara and Seven Queensland presenter Amanda Abate are now part of its impressive suite of ambassadors for the 2017 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival in January.
O’Hara and Abate join the existing stable of long-term Magic Millions representatives, including British equestrienne Zara Phillips MBE, sports broadcaster Hamish McLachlan and international racing commentator Francesca Cumani.
“Kathy is a trailblazer for female jockeys and she has been capturing our attention on the track for many years,” said Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey.
“Magic Millions is at home on the Gold Coast and it is essential that our Carnival has an international appeal without ever losing that Queensland magic. Amanda Abate lives and works locally and has a professionalism and style that is world-class. She is the perfect ambassador for her home-town and our Jeep Magic Millions Carnival.
“We are delighted to welcome both of these incredibly talented women for 2017.
“They join our long-term Magic Millions Racing Women Patron Zara Phillips and Magic Millions racing expert Francesca Cumani, both leaders in their individual equestrian fields. We have a pretty extraordinary line-up of women who are representing Magic Millions in 2017,” Katie Page-Harvey said.
Magic Millions is internationally renowned for playing host to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest thoroughbred horse auction and Australia’s first-ever $10 Million Raceday.
Kathy O’Hara will participate in the highly-anticipated Magic Millions Barrier Draw along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore on January 10
“The Magic Millions Barrier Draw has become so iconic, I can’t wait to race on one of the most spectacular beaches in the world,” said O’Hara.
The Singleton-born jockey celebrated her second Group One victory earlier this year while riding Magic Millions graduate Single Gaze.
“I am so proud to be appointed as an Ambassador for the 2017 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival. Katie Page-Harvey changed the way women were perceived in the racing industry when Magic Millions introduced Magic Millions Racing Women. I am an athlete and those who invest in yearlings are businesswomen. Make no mistake, we work hard and our aim is to win,” O’Hara added.
Katie Page-Harvey established the Magic Millions Racing Women initiative in 2012, offering a $500,000 bonus to be shared amongst the first four eligible female-owned runners in the 2YO Classic on Magic Millions Raceday. Since then, registrations for 2YOs wholly owned by women have increased by 63 percent, with a record number received this year (165).
Seven News presenter Amanda Abate attended the 2016 Jeep Magic Millions Raceday in her capacity with Seven. She goes one step further in 2017. Her role as Local Jeep Magic Millions Carnival Ambassador will see her act as a local spokesperson at all Carnival events.
“I am a proud Queenslander, so I love to see Magic Millions put the Gold Coast front and centre every New Year. I’m delighted to officially be part of the Carnival, and together with the Seven Broadcast team we look forward to bringing our viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Carnival week,” Abate said.
This year, the Carnival is launching the inaugural Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday January 8, at the Gold Coast’s scenic Doug Jennings Park on The Spit with an all-star playing line-up.
Magic Millions will host two exhibition games. The main game will feature Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo Ambassadors and professional polo players Nic Roldan (US Polo Captain), Alejandro Novillo Astrada (Argentinian polo royalty), as well as Rob and Jack Archibald (AU). Magic Millions spokesperson Francesca Cumani is also scheduled to play.