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Twilight delight at Morphettville


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Evening racing returns to Morphettville today with the first race in the traditional Xmas Twilight meeting just after 3.30pm and the last at 7.35.

An eight race card at the locals is matched by similar events interstate.

At the locals, the Elite Asphalt Hcp with its small field of sprinters could provide some value for the social punter.

The well travelled Random Sighting hasn’t won for almost 18 months, but the four-year-old gelding showed a bit at a recent barrier trial in Alice Springs.

Expected to go around at double figure odds, he could provide some Xmas cheer for Territory trainer Greg Connor.

South Australian trainer Mark Kavanagh has high hopes for his night across the border at Moonee Valley.

Kavanagh has some exciting prospects this weekend but the most anticipated will be that of boom colt West Africa at the Valley tonight.

West Africa streeted the field in his debut at Kilmore on November 12, winning by nine lengths over 1112m.

But he had a false start two weeks ago when he was due to make his first city appearance at Caulfield but he was scratched after injuring a leg when he kicked a feed bin.

He takes on more experienced horses when he runs in the Alternate Railway Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

“I’m hoping he will go on with it, easy as that,” Kavanagh said.

“Kilmore wasn’t the best field you will ever see but certainly it was enough to give you a fair bit of encouragement.

“Now he has to reproduce that form in a stronger field.”

Kavanagh also has two lightly raced but in-form horses running at Flemington on Saturday – Oltre Finito, who has won three of his four races, and three-year-old filly Awasita, who has won two of her three races.

– with AAP

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