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Australian Racing: Euros eyeing Gosford glory

Anzac Day means a bumper day of racing for punters including metro meetings from Flemington and Randwick Kensington.

Race 7 Randwick Kensington 

Command Approved @ 4.60

Race 6 Flemington 

Midnight Glow @ SP

Race 8 Gosford 

Euros @ 8.50

Command for Randwick success 

Randwick Kensington is set to play host to a competitive eight race card with the penultimate race a 1000m Benchmark 72 event. 

The track is expected to be a soft 5 track with the resuming Plundering likely to have his supporters for the Annabel Neasham stable. 

The three-year-old won his first two starts on wet tracks last spell including by two-and-a-half-lengths on a heavy 8 surface when tackling a Benchmark 72 event at Gold Coast in September. 

That triumph came over 1200m but he found the step up to 1400m and quicker good 4 track too much when fifth at Eagle Farm at the start of October. Given a break since then he has a good alley in five here. 

COMMAND APPROVED is preferred here with the pick having followed up a Class 1 success over this trip at Wyong in December with a triumph at Warwick Farm the following month. 

The son of Spirit Of Boom passed the post one-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals over 1000m in that Benchmark 72 race when making all the running at Warwick Farm. 

Matthew Smith’s gelding tackled a four runner contest when beaten three lengths into third over the same trip at Moonee Valley subsequently. 

The selection gets a drop from Benchmark 78 level here and having been freshened since that effort looks up to returning to winning ways with James McDonald an eye-catching jockey booking.

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Glow to take Leger 

A field of 12 are set to go to post for the 2800m VRC St Leger which is due to take place as the sixth race on the Flemington card. 

A good 4 track is forecast with MIDNIGHT GLOW expected to start as favourite for the Jon Salanitri stable. 

The gelding has delivered a number of decent efforts in defeat since breaking his maiden over 1606m at Bendigo back in January. 

Those efforts include a fifth in the 2200m Global Turf St Leger Trial back at Bendigo at the start of the month. 

The step up to 2400m appeared to suit when the son of Sebring lost out narrowly in the Russian Camelot Galilee Final on a soft 5 track at Sandown Lakeside April 15. 

Luke Nolen’s mount has a good barrier in two here and looks capable of doubling his career tally.

Euros for Gosford glory 

The concluding race on Gosford’s eight race card takes the eye with the Benchmark 64 event set to take place on a soft 5 track over 1200m. 

Karedada impressed when delivering a length victory in a Class 1 event over this trip at Newcastle when resuming at the end of last month. 

While less exposed than the vast majority of his rivals the Wandjina gelding is racing at this level for the first time and may find EUROS too strong for the Joseph Pride stable. 

Euros delivered a fair effort when three-and-a-half-lengths eighth in an 1100m event at Warwick Farm when returning to action on a soft 6 track earlier this month. 

Crucially the daughter of Capitalist has a good second up record having taken a step forward to break her maiden over 1200m at Newcastle when racing second up last spell. 

The selection gets a welcome drop in grade from Benchmark 72 level here and while a wide alley is far from ideal she is taken to register her third win in seven career starts.

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