Drama the entree to first race
IT WAS a dramatic start to the opening race on Day 5 of the Alice Springs Cup Carnival at Pioneer Park yesterday.
Former NSW galloper Ladwell, making his Red Centre debut for the Mark Nyhan stable, refused to enter the gates and was scratched.
As the field in the Peter Kittle Motor Company Handicap (1200m) jumped soon after, jockey Paul Denton fell from his mount Harmonium Bells, thankfully escaping injury.
Manhatten Prince (Raymond Vigar) attempted to run the field off their legs and led handily at the 800m.
Snowtrooper (Stephen Ridler) pounced and looked the likely winner before topweight Ash Grey (Wayne Kerford) arrived on the scene to pip Snowtropper by a nose.