Magic Millions time always brings debate on the fact that Australia's Pattern Committee doesn't allocate a Group/Listed/Black Type status to sales-based races (such as Magic Millions).
MM principal John Singleton conveyed his own disproval - as he would - on Racing Retro.
Personally, I think he has a valid case. After all, the Pattern Committee in its wisdom looks at the performance of the placegetters in a race such as Magic Millions, rather than the prize-money offered and the "hype" that surrounds it. If the race is won by a horse that doesn't perform against "open" company, well it would not get past first base.
The fact is, the form of the placegetters in sales-based races in recent times has stacked up in subsequent open events.
Maybe it's time for a change of heart by the Pattern Committee?