Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Up-and-coming star Alta Blues gave champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr the first leg of a treble at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he outclassed his rivals in the 2536m Allwood Stud Farm Pace.
Hall, who has a substantial lead in the WA drivers’ premiership table, followed the win of Alta Blues (trained by his father Gary Hall snr) with victories behind the Justin Prentice-trained pair of Alta Louisa and Always An Angel.
Alta Blues, the $1.50 favourite from the No. 6 barrier, settled down in seventh position in the field of eight before Hall, concerned at the moderate pace set by stablemate Alta Intrigue, dashed Alta Blues forward, three wide, after 650m to move into the breeze position.
Alta Blues eventually forged to the front 250m from home, and he raced away to win by 7m from Alta Intrigue, with $51 chance Carrera Mach finishing solidly into third place. The final quarters were covered in 28.9sec. and 27.9sec. and Alta Blues rated 1.58.6.
Alta Blues, a four-year-old by Alta Christiano, looks set for a bright career. He has had 24 starts for 12 wins, five seconds and $120,386 in prizemoney.