Alice Springs preview & betting tips | Saturday, November 11

Alice Springs preview

What Alice Springs Races
Where Pioneer Park Racecourse – Stuart Highway, Connellan NT 0870
When Saturday, November 11, 2023
First Race 3:34pm ACST

Only five races on the Alice Springs Turf Club’s meeting at Pioneer Park on Saturday, but it should be a competitive day’s racing as there are plenty of chances. A total of 41 horses have accepted with the feature race a $24,500 open handicap over 1200m. Light rain fell in the Red Centre on Thursday and although dry conditions are forecast for Friday there’s a slight chance of showers or a thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon.

Runners will contend with 15-25km/h north to north-easterly winds when they turn into the back straight with a top temperature of 36C predicted. The rail will be in the true position and once again Pioneer Park will be a good dirt surface.

BEST BET: Red Wraith

Red Wraith didn’t make a flattering debut at Pioneer Park on September 10 when finishing seventh over 1200m (0-58). The former SA galloper returned on October 14 against the three and four-year-olds at Class 2 level over 1100m and could not have been more impressive when he dominated out in front to win by 3.5 lengths. Eight days later, the four-year-old gelding blitzed BM54 opposition by four lengths before getting home by half a length over 1200m against the three and four-year-olds at 0-66 level last Saturday. Aiming for a fourth straight win, Red Wraith will take some stopping.

Best Bet

Race 4 – #2 Red Wraith (2)

4yo Gelding | T: Paul Gardner | J: Sonja Logan (57.5kg)

+140 with Betfair

NEXT BEST BET: Black Shiraz

Wide barrier could be a hindrance in an 11-horse field for Black Shiraz, but with a 3kg claim the four-year-old gelding will carry the lightest weight in the race. In his Red Centre debut as a $3.70 favourite on October 22, Black Shiraz jumped from a wide gate in an 1100m maiden and settled in seventh place before winding up at the 600m once exiting the back straight. The son of Dissident certainly gave the leaders a big start, but continued to make ground as he circled the field and finished full of running once entering the home straight. Stablemate Quanapirri Bay had skipped away and held a winning lead, but with 59kg on his back Black Shiraz stormed home to go down by 0.8 lengths.

Next Best

Race 1 – #1 Black Shiraz (9)

4yo Gelding | T: Greg Connor | J: Lek Maloney (a3) (59kg)

+300 with Bet365

BEST VALUE: Nicotera

Nicotera has struck form with two last start wins over 1400m achieved in similar fashion. The seven-year-old gelding shared the early lead at 0-64 level on October 22 before getting to the front at the 1000m. The son of Nicconi was cruising out in front and once turning for home kicked clear before posting an easy win by two lengths. Last Saturday, Nicotera once again jumped well against 0-58 opposition and after contesting for the lead hit the front at the 900m. Hunter again controlled the tempo before the $2.20 favourite sprinted clear in the home straight to win by 3.5 lengths. Nicotera, eighth, seventh and third in three starts following his Alice Springs return in September, was quoted as an $8 chance during the week in a very open race and although he may not get his own way out in front he must be respected.

Best Value

Race 5 – #5 Nicotera (3)

7yo Gelding | T: Lisa Whittle | J: Casey Hunter (59kg)

+600 with Neds

Alice Springs Saturday quaddie tips – 11/11/2023

Alice Springs quadrella selections

Saturday, November 11, 2023

  1. 1-2-3
  2. 1-2-4-5
  3. 1-2
  4. 1-2-3-4-5

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