Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Sprightly eight-year-old mare Angel In White made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier to outpace her six younger rivals when she romped to an effortless victory in the 2536m Auscare Group Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Starting third favourite at $5.20 Angel In White set a brisk pace for Emily Suvaljko and she won in fine style from Finvarra ($3.10) and Ima Rockabilly Rebel ($3), rating 1.58.4 after sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.7sec.
“I want to breed from her, but she is racing so well that I’m not sure what to do,” said owner-trainer Shane Tognolini. “I’ll probably keep racing her while she’s going so well. She could have gone another lap tonight.”
Angel In White, a winner of one race in New Zealand and eight in New South Wales, was purchased for $12,000 by Tognolini after she had lost form. “She had a crook back when she arrived here,” said Tognolini. “I fixed that but then she fractured a pastern (in a race at Gloucester Park in November 2020) and I had to give her 12 months off.”
The mare now races with two screws in her off hind leg, but she is perfectly sound. “She is an easy horse to train,” said Tognolini. “We work her pretty hard at home and she thrives on galloping in the cart on our 600m sand track.”
Angel In White is certainly proving a bargain for Tognolini. Since resuming after a 13-month absence she has earned $70,358 from four wins and six placings from 23 starts. Her career record now stands at 72 starts for 13 wins, 16 placings and $141,372 in prizemoney.
Emily Suvaljko kept up the good work when she travelled to Kellerberrin on Sunday where she drove three winners — Mary Joe ($1.85), Faraway Eyes ($5) and Lets Rock Tonight ($3.40). Not to be outdone, Emily’s father Shannon Suvaljko also landed a treble on the seven-event card, scoring with Sister Act ($5.50), Star Of The Bay ($13) and Lewis William ($1.55).