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Injury-plagued New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Alta Intrigue has bounced back to top form after recovering from three bowed tendons, injuries that threatened to end his career.
He ended a losing sequence of 12 which included five seconds from his previous eight starts when finished strongly to win the 2130m Etch Coatings Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The Mach Three gelding rated 1.56.9 and gave his patient trainer Gary Hall snr plenty of hope that he will continue to improve and develop into a candidate for some feature events in the summer months.
Alta Intrigue, the $1.60 favourite from the No. 5 barrier, was beaten for early speed by $17 chance Just Makemine Diamonds. Gary Hall jnr then made a calculated decision to abandon the breeze position, and 500m after the start he manoeuvred Alta Intrigue to the pegs to follow Just Makemine Diamonds.
Alta Intrigue got into the clear approaching the home turn and he finished strongly to take the lead with 50m to travel and went on to win by 4m from Just Makemine Diamonds.
The gelding has now earned $168,918 from nine wins, 18 seconds and five thirds from 52 starts. His 26 WA starts have produced five wins, eight seconds and two thirds. He also raced 26 times in New Zealand for four wins and 13 placings.
He showed abundant promise as a two and three-year-old. At his fifth start he finished fourth behind More The Better in the group 1 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park in March 2016. Twelve months later he finished third to Raukapuka Ruler and Ultimate Machete in the group 1 Northern Derby at Alexandra Park.