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New Zealand-bred three-year-old fillies Always An Angel and Booraa had clashed twice before they lined up against each other in the 2130m DTS Powertools and Machinery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with Always An Angel proving superior, winning both times and relegating Booraa to second place.

Booraa had the advantage, drawing barrier five, with Always An Angel starting from the outside barrier (No. 9). Booraa was favourite at $1.90, with Always An Angel at $2.60.

What ensued was another exciting duel between the pair, with Booraa turning the tables with a narrow victory, one metre ahead of her arch rival.

Polemarker Songkran ($61) led from barrier one before Ryan Warwick sent Booraa to the front after 400m. After outsiders Absolute Delight and Our Glowing Star were involved in a mix-up after 220m and were knocked out of contention, Always An Angel settled down in seventh position.

Gary Hall jnr dashed Always An Angel forward after 700m and the filly quickly moved to the breeze and got her head in front of Booraa 1200m from home. The pair raced almost in unison for the rest of the race, with Always An Angel gaining a slight advantage approaching the home turn. However, Warwick, who had nursed Booraa in front, asked his filly for an effort, and she responded grandly.

“Yeah, she did show toughness,” said Warwick. “But I didn’t really want to get into a war with Always An Angel because that filly seems to like that.

“So, I really wanted to do just what we had to do and hope that we had enough at the top of the straight to put a short, sharp kick in. And it turned out that it was enough to win.

“Always An Angel seems to like racing the way she does, and I didn’t want to get into a fight with her. I tried something a bit different, and it worked.”

Booraa, a filly by Mach Three, is owned by Team Bond and is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Her ten WA starts have produced four wins and four placings, and she now has raced 23 times for seven wins, eight placings and stakes of $57,700.