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Australian Racing: Piraeus chasing Gosford glory

There are five meetings set to take place on Thursday including three provincial fixtures.

Race 8 Moe

Rich Divinity @ 5.00

Race 7 Gosford

Piraeus @ 5.50

Race 5 Taree

Cirebon @ 3.00

Rich for Moe success

The powerful Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team are represented by the twice-raced Crazy In Love in the concluding race on the card at Moe.

The race in question is a 1208m Benchmark 64 handicap with a heavy 8 track expected.

The filly showed she appreciates wet tracks when debuting with a one-and-a-half-length success over 1400m on a heavy 10 surface at Pukekohe Park in June last year.

The four-year-old has made just the one subsequent start with that coming when a disappointing eighth over 1200m at Benchmark 58 level at Yarra Glen in December.

The return to a heavy surface is a positive here but it may pay dividends to oppose her with RICH DIVINITY in this contest.

While the selection has a wide alley to overcome here it’s of note that she won twice in her last spell including in a metro event over 1400m at Sandown Lakeside in August.

That effort came on a heavy 9 track and she had excuses on her final three starts with the good going against her including back at Sandown Lakeside over 1600m in December.

Off the track since the Ken & Kasey Keys-trained gelding has won half of his four starts on a heavy track while a victory first up in his last spell augurs well for his chances here.

Regular pilot Craig Newitt takes the ride once more and is taken to steer the son of Rich Enuff to victory.

Piraeus for Gosford glory

The finale at Gosford is an interesting 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 surface.

Smart As Smart is expected to have his supporters in this field following a narrow win in a Class 1 handicap over this track and trip last month.

The gelding came from off the pace to deliver a second win this spell having previously won a 1200m contest when racing first up here in March.

However the three-year-old has finished held in both starts in Benchmark 64 events and look opposable here with fellow three-year-old PIRAEUS preferred racing third up.

The pick is untested on wet tracks but has shown a liking for this venue in the past when breaking his maiden in a 1200m contest here back in December.

The gelding followed up in a 1280m handicap at Muswellbrook the following month and rates highly here having been beaten just over one-and-a-half-length on his only previous start at a mile.

While not at his best in two starts this time around they came in a higher grade than he tackles here and with a good barrier here he looks capable of recording a third career win.

Cirebon to salute 

Taree are set to stage a seven-race card with CIREBON taking the eye in the fifth race of the day, a 1614m Benchmark 58 handicap.

The filly has been in good form this spell placing second twice in Class 1 handicap races over 1400m at Tuncurry and Gunnedah prior to saluting when last in action on 18th June.

That second career success came by nearly three lengths having raced close to the speed in a 1500m Class 2 handicap on a good 4 track at Port Macquarie.

The step up in distance appeared to suit the Kris Lees-trained filly on that occasion and with an extra 114m to cover here she is taken to salute under promising apprentice Benjamin Osmond. 

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