Set Pulses Racing Meaning

(idiomatic) To excite, thrill

Example: 2012 May 26 2012, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”[1], BBC Sport:
  And while the performance hardly set pulses racing, it should be remembered that the side that starts the serious action against France in Donestsk on 11 June will not resemble the one on show in Oslo.