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Target In Sight Claims First-Up Magic Millions Sprint Win

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Target In Sight returned to the races for the first time in over six months to take out the 2017 Magic Millions Sprint at the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Target In Sight received a lovely trail into the race on the rail just behind the leaders and Brenton Avdulla made the winning move to take the veteran sprinter to the centre of the track at the top of the straight.

The Nadeem gelding responded strongly when asked for an extra effort from Avdulla and he finished over the top of Murt The Flirt while holding off Viddora to record his first race win since he took out the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens in March of 2015.

Target In Sight was banned from racing for three months after he suffered a bleeding attack and cardiac arrhythmia in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm in June last year and trainer Joe Pride elected to give him three barrier trials to have him ready for the Magic Millions Sprint.

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell and jockey Joe Bowditch were frustrated earlier in the day when their only other runner of the day Baligari was scratched from the Magic Millions Cup at the gates, but they earnt something from the trip to the Gold Coast with the second place finish of Viddora.

Murt The Flirt toughed it out on the speed to finish third, while well-backed favourite Dothraki loomed at the top of the straight but failed to run out the race in the final stages.

Houtzen in the Magic Millions Classic and Target In Sight in the Magic Millions Sprint were both well-backed, but the blow-out wins of Testashadow in the Magic Millions Cup and Flying Jess in the Magic Millions Guineas ensured that the Gold Coast quaddie paid a whopping $205,142 with Ladbrokes.

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Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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