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Eight-year-old mare Angel In White ended a 44-month drought when she revealed sparkling speed to win the 2130m The West Live Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Her all-the-way win by three lengths from Billy Mack at a 1.55.7 rate was her first taste of success since she was a $1.30 favourite and set the pace to beat Cherry Mahoney over 1609m at Menangle on May 5, 2018.

This was only her 53RD start in a career blighted by tractability issues, crazy indiscretions and a broken leg.

Following a brilliant trial win at Byford the previous Sunday, and from the prized No. 1 barrier, the New Zealand-bred Angel In White was a hot $1.40 favourite for owner-trainer Shane Tognolini and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko.

Suvaljko gave the opposition little hope by running a solid lead time of 36.6sec. followed by 400m sections of 30.1sec., 29.1sec., 28.7sec. and 28.7sec. Angel In White was not extended in winning easily at her fourth appearance after an absence of 13 months. This ended a losing sequence of 24 and was her first win at her 13TH start in Western Australia.

“We have had a lot of trouble with her,” said Tognolini. “She used to kick people out of the cart, and she bucked a couple of times, coming out of the mobile.” She now races with two screws in her off hind pastern, the result of her fractured leg received in a race at Gloucester Park in November 2020, an injury which kept her on the sidelines for 13 months.

“We now seem to have all those things sorted out,” said Tognolini, who bought her for $12,000 after she had lost form in Sydney in 2019.

“When I got her, she had an issue with her back. She is not perfect yet but is a lot better. She’s always in a hurry and on the track, she is unbelievable, but is not a good racehorse. If she gets to the front she will just keep running.”

A major factor in the revival of Angel In White is that her temperament has softened noticeably since she enjoyed the companionship of another veteran pacer, Sokys Big Bullet, a constant companion at Tognolini’s Oakford stables. Sokys Big Bullet travelled to the course with Angel In White on Friday night and spent the evening in an adjoining stall in the Gloucester Park birdcage.

“Since she has teamed up with Sokys Big Bullet she is a changed horse,” said Tognolini.

The 12-year-old Sokys Big Bullet is also thoroughly enjoying his friendship with Angel In White, and he scored a surprise victory at his second start for Tognolini when he finished strongly to beat Arma Indie at Gloucester Park last month.

Angel In White’s win on Friday night completed a treble for Suvaljko, who had driven Medieval Man and Machnificent to victory earlier in the program.

Angel In White is well travelled, having won once from 11 starts in New Zealand, scoring eight wins from 25 starts in New Zealand and racing in Canberra and Victoria before arriving in WA. Her career record stands at 53 starts for ten wins and ten placings for stakes of $84,471 — and there are more wins in store.