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Racing and Sports highlight our standout plays at Australian TAB meetings for November 18.
Major metropolitan meetings are today held at Caufield, Morphettville and Ascot.
CAULFIELD: RACE 8 @ 4:25 PM
CROSSHAVEN (15) looks to tick a few boxes. He charged home to split two smart sprinters first up at Flemington over 1200m and is much better suited at this trip. He maps ideally just behind the pace, expect he's in the finish. MAGIC TIME (11) is a very good mare. She had a tough run and went down fighting in The Invitation last time out and now gets down in the weights. Draw hurts but she rates highly. STRAIT ACER (3) charged into fourth in the Golden Eagle last start which is very strong form. Back in trip and does have to give a few weight but keeps improving. BUFFALO RIVER (9) loves the Caulfield 1400m and is racing very well. He'll cross and lead and give a sight. CHAIN OF LIGHTNING (10) can improve out to 1400m.
SELECTIONS: Crosshaven each-way.
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MORPHETTVILLE: RACE 2 @ 1:07 PM
POISON CHALICE (4) caught plenty of eyes last start at Flemington when rattling home from a rearward. Strikes an easier assignment this time and is drawn to settle much closer from a kinder draw. Leading player. JENKINS (2) couldn't bring up the hat-trick at the latest but still produced a strong effort to finish second. Down in the weights on last run and is drawn to get the cosy trail. Only needs to hold his form to be very competitive. MIDNIGHT MASS (3) lengthened nicely here last start to make it two on the bounce. Open to further improvement at this stage of the prep but will find this tougher. In the mix. SUPERIOR SAM (8) hasn't taken a step wrong in his last three, scoring in all. Will need to go up a rung or two this time but winning form is hard to ignore. YURI ROYALE (1) always warrants safekeeping on best efforts.
SELECTIONS: Poison Chalice the one to beat.
ASCOT: RACE 4 @ 2:28 PM
One-time Railway favourite ALSEPHINA (1) just missed first-up when the race was dominated up front and now needs to win this to secure a start in next weeks G1 feature. Fitter for that effort and drawn to get plenty of favours for Pike. Can go one better today. MAGNIFICENT ANDY (6) scored a good win in the Hannans and wasn't disgraced last time out in easier company. The Hannans win stacks up well here and back out in trip suits. Nice drawn and will make his presence felt. ADMIRATION EXPRESS (8) was only fair on resumption but is much better than she showed on that occasion. Can put herself into the race this time and her second-up record is solid. Expecting a much better effort this time around. LET'S GALAHVANT (4) has form through Magnificent Andy in the Hannans but meets him worse at the weights here after his last start win. Going well though and must be included. BLACK FANTASY (7) was good fresh in the Asian Beau and won't be far away.
SELECTIONS: Alsephina goes on top.