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Veteran pacer Alta Intrigue continues to shine despite his advancing years, and star reinsman Gary Hall jnr predicts more wins for the hardy eight-year-old who was untroubled to set the pace and win the 2130m 7News The Pulse of Perth Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Alta Intrigue, prepared by Gary Hall snr, was the $1.30 favourite who sped over the final three quarters of the last mile in 28.8sec., 27.8sec. and 28.2sec. to win by more than two lengths from the fast-finishing Tyler Brett, rating 1.56.7.
“He was super and won with the plugs in,” said Hall jnr. “He is a confidence horse, and when he finds the rail he is very hard to beat. He would be hard to beat in a Free-For-All if he found the rail. I wouldn’t say that he is a genuine Free-For-All horse, but if he led he would take all sorts of beating.
“Even when Rupert Of Lincoln raced alongside of him, he relaxed and went only when I asked him. He could’ve gone another lap.”
Alta Intrigue is showing no problems of leg injuries which hampered his career a couple of seasons ago and he now has raced 70 times for 14 wins, 27 placings and $256,258 in prizemoney. He won four races in New Zealand and his 44 WA starts have produced ten wins and 14 placings.