Talented sprinter Target in Sight ($8) continued his hot first-up form to provide trainer Joe Pride with a satisfying victory in Saturday’s $1 million Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) on the Gold Coast.
The son of Nadeem hadn’t been out of the top two placings in seven previous first-up attempts and was returning to the track for the first time since June’s QTC Cup (1300m), a race in which he suffered a pulmonary haemorrhage.
Pride praised the work of his team in getting the seven-year-old back to the track in fantastic order and credited the ride of jockey Brenton Avdulla with the lucrative win.
“A lot of work has gone into getting this horse back to the track and it’s a fantastic team effort,” Pride said.
“He had heart arrhythmia and a bleeding attack at his last run but I’ve given him a long, steady build-up to this race and he’s done the job.
“He’s in the twilight of his career and has won the biggest race of his life so it’s incredibly satisfying.”
Target In Sight jumped from the inside barrier for Avdulla and was able to maintain a midfield position on the fence for much of the race before working off the rail and powering home over the final 200m to claim victory by a long neck.
Interstate raiders also filled the minor placings with the Lloyd Kennewell-trained mare Viddora ($8), finishing second ahead of Brendan McCarthy’s consistent gelding Murt The Flirt ($41).
An $80,000 purchase by Champion Thoroughbreds at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Target In Sight added a further $600,000 prizemoney to his career prizemoney tally, which has now eclipsed $1.1 million.