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A pre-emptive strike by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr paved the way for a stylish victory by inexperienced four-year-old Alta Blues in the 2536m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Alta Blues, the $1.40 favourite from the No. 6 barrier, settled down in seventh position in the field of eight, and he was last 550m after the start when Hall decided to make his move. He urged Alta Blues forward and the Alta Christiano gelding surged forward to take up the running from Tyler Brett after a lap had been covered.

Alta Blues then set a solid pace, and with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.5sec., he coasted home to win by 7m from Tyler Brett, with Carrera Mach ($20) running on from sixth at the bell to finish third.

Trainer Gary Hall snr commended the aggressive drive by his son, saying: “Alta Blues has to be driven that way a bit. He is more strong than he is fast. He is progressive and with a bit more improvement he could make open company.”

Alta Blues is the eighth foal from Canadian mare Child From The Sea, who had 36 starts for seven wins, six placings and $34,647. Child From The Sea is an elder half-sister to former champion American pacer Somebeachsomewhere, who earned $3,328,755 from 20 wins and a placing from 21 starts before becoming a highly successful sire.

Alta Blues has had 23 starts for 11 wins, five seconds and $108,900 in prizemoney.