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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

A fighting fifth behind star mare Savvy Bromac in the group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday week was a strong indication that noted frontrunner Angel In White would prove hard to beat from the favourable No. 2 barrier in the 2130m $22,000 Galactic Star Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

She raced in the breeze for the first 500m in the Breeders Stakes and then in the one-out, one-back position before being blocked for a clear passage until the final 75m, when she finished determinedly.

On Friday night Shannon Suvaljko made every post a winner, setting a brisk pace with Angel In White, the $3 second favourite whose obvious danger was Ima Rockabilly Rebel, who was aiming to extend his winning sequence to four, and was favourite at $2.45.

Ima Rockabilly Rebel raced in last position in the field of eight before Deni Roberts set the four-year-old alight from last at the 400m. The third quarter of the final mile had just been covered in 28sec. and Suvaljko dashed Angel In White away to a five-length lead with 250m to travel.

Ima Rockabilly Rebel sustained his powerful burst, but was unable to catch the pacemaker, who ran the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.56.6 after scoring by a neck.

This was Angel In White’s third win from 29 WA starts for Oakford trainer Shane Tognolini, who purchased the mare for $12,000 in 2019. Angel In White still races with two screws in her off hind pastern, the result of a fractured leg received in a race at Gloucester Park in November 2020.

Angel In White, now an eight-year-old, has earned $121,87 from 12 wins and 14 placings from 69 starts.