Real Surreal will be set for the Golden Slipper after creating history in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.
The Kelso Wood trained filly scooped over $1.47 million on Saturday which is the highest pay-out in Queensland racing history. “She’s a great filly and has got a great finish,” Wood said. “She’s always shown me plenty of ability and is going to make a beautiful three-year-old.”
Real Surreal (2f Real Saga – Stolen Beauty by Mossman) was passed in as a yearling after failing to reach a $75,000 reserve. She was retained by Michelle Lang-McMahon and the Waterford-based breeder races the filly with her mother Glenys Lang and stable manager Holly Williams.
McMahon represented Australia in showjumping at the Olympics and, along with husband Peter, operates the Kolora Lodge spelling and pre-training centre south of Brisbane.
Being full owned by females, Real Surreal was eligible for the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women initiative and connections collected a $325,000 bonus along with prizemoney of $1.14 million.
Real Surreal is by Glenlogan Park’s leading first-season sire Real Saga and is a younger half-sister to G3 Vo Rogue Plate winner Benny’s Buttons. Their dam Stolen Beauty is a half-sister to G2 Todman Slipper Trial winner Great Crusader.
Winning rider Michael Cahill said the winner felt better the further they went. “It was just a matter of her gaining a clear passage from the turn on,” he said. “I was confident I had the race won prior to getting there.”
Cahill said the Golden Slipper was a sensible aim for the Real Saga filly. “You would definitely go to Sydney with her. She’s in great hands and has such a calm temperament.”
Brisbane colt wins the Magic Millions 2YO Classic