Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Always An Angel gave further proof that she is one of the State’s best three-year-old fillies when she overcame the disadvantage if the outside barrier in a field of eight and sustained a powerful burst to come from last in the middle stages to win the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace (6) at Gloucester Park on Saturday night.
She completed a double for champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr when she settled down in last position, started a three-wide move with 1000m to travel and got to the front 100m from the post before winning by a half-length from Three Rumours, the only other New Zealand-bred filly in the event.
Our Star Billing took the lead 500m after the start which left the highly-promising Three Rumours in the breeze. Chris Lewis sent the Barry Howlett-trained Three Rumours to the front 450m from home, and she fought on tenaciously, but was unable to match Always An Angel, who got to the front 100m from the post.
Always An Angel, the $1.80 favourite, has thrived under the care of Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice and now boasts a splendid record of 17 starts for ten wins, five placings and $168,773 in prizemoney.
“I’m really happy with her run,” said Prentice. “It was a perfect drive. We expected that Three Rumours would be very hard to beat if she got to the front or to the breeze. So, Always An Angel did a good job to get over Three Rumours.”