|Alice Springs Races
|Pioneer Park Racecourse – Stuart Highway, Connellan NT 0870
|Saturday, November 4, 2023
The Red Centre will be the focus in the NT this weekend as the Alice Springs Turf Club hosts a five-race card with 32 horses accepting. The battle between Flying Yishu and Red Wraith in the second race shapes up as the highlight of the day.
On Thursday and Friday, the Alice experienced its first rainfall since the end of July. Looking ahead to Saturday, the forecast shows partly cloudy conditions with light easterly winds and a top temperature of 36C. The rail will be in the true position, and as usual, Pioneer Park will offer up a good dirt surface.
BEST BET: ROCK OF KRYPTONITE
Not only is this six-year-old gelding the highest-rated runner in a five-horse field, but he also boasts the most impressive record. The former Victorian galloper debuted in the Red Centre in April after arriving from the Cranbourne stable of Kane Harris and finished third on two occasions during the Alice Springs Cup Carnival at 0-62 level over 1000m and 1200m. A win over 1100m in 0-64 grade on May 23 was followed by a narrow second as a -166.67 favourite at the same trip and class on June 18. Returning from a spell on October 1, the son of Fastnet Rock was third in an 1100m BM76, and despite lumping an extra 5.5kg this weekend, the drop in grade back to 0-64 will certainly enhance his prospects.
Race 4 –
6yo Gelding | T: Ray Viney | J: Jessie Philpot (60.5kg)
NEXT BEST BET: NICOTERA
The son of Nicconi returned for his second Alice Springs campaign on September 24 and finished a long last in eighth place over 1200m. It was the seven-year-old gelding’s first start in nine months, and it didn’t get any better when seventh over the same trip on October 1. A fortnight later, still at six furlongs, Nicotera travelled three wide when sharing the early lead and his mind wasn’t on the job in the home straight, finishing a narrow third. He was definitely focused on October 22 when he settled in front over 1400m before overwhelming his rivals in comfortable fashion by two lengths. He carries an extra 4kg, but his last run was good enough to suggest he can go back-to-back.
Race 5 –
7yo Gelding | T: Lisa Whittle | J: Casey Hunter (59.5kg)
NEXT BEST AGAIN: TALENT QUEST
Talent Quest is in the mix to finally win his first race at Pioneer Park at the seventh attempt. The five-year-old gelding, who had two wins from 19 starts in Victoria for Cranbourne trainer Mick Bell, hasn’t been that far away in three starts during the spring, with a third over 1200m, a fourth at the same trip, and a last-start second over 1000m behind the impressive Red Wraith. The son of Your Song jumped from the outside gate in a field of six that day and was camped three deep when battling for the lead before tiring in the home straight. The outside gate this weekend is of slight concern, but the 2kg claim of in-form Darwin apprentice Emma Lines is a bonus.
Next Best Again
Race 3 –
4yo Gelding | T: Will Savage | J: Emma Lines (a2) (55kg)
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Saturday, November 4, 2023