Alice Holds Racing Spotlight

The Red Centre Carnival winds up today with the Alice Springs Cup. Source:

It is the climax to the Red Centre Carnival and this afternoon will see the running of the $110,000 Alice Springs Cup (2000m).

Even with pre-post favourite Prince Albert scratched, there are horses from Adelaide, Kyneton and Mt Isa taking on the locals from Darwin and the Alice in the last at Pioneer Park.

The new favourite is Adjuster . Trained locally by Ken Rogerson, the five-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign, culminating in victory in the Chief Minister's Cup (1600m) nine days ago. The son of Purrealist hasn't missed the place in six starts on the track, with three wins. However, the 2000m might be the problem - from three attempts his best finish was a third.

The Darwin trained Kayno , with Swedish jockey Felicia Bergstrand in the saddle, is an obvious danger. The consistent four-year-old won his last start over a mile by more than 12 lengths in restricted grade, but in faster time than Adjuster.

Boom three-year-old Sirbible is also well-fancied. From the Russell Bell stable and ridden by Brendon Davis, the youngster has never been out of the prize money in 11 starts, winning five. His record at Pioner Park is also impressive - 10: 4-4-2.

The knock-out horse could be Zayak from the Dennis O'Leary stable. He had absolutely no luck last start, after coming off a dominant victory in the Port Lincoln Cup.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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