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Brilliant four-year-old mare Savvy Bromac revealed splendid fighting qualities to defy a spirited challenge from the outstanding five-year-old Balcatherine and win the $30,000 group 3 Christmas Belles Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday afternoon.

Emily Suvaljko took full advantage of the favourable barrier at No. 2 in the 2130m event by driving Savvy Bromac, the $1.55 favourite, to an all-the-way win — by a half-head from the extremely gallant Balcatherine, the second fancy at $2.35 from barrier four.

Maddison Brown drove Balcatherine into the breeze straight after the start and the two wonderful New Zealand-bred mares raced stride for stride for the rest of the journey, with Balcatherine striving desperately in the final stages to overhaul the pacemaker.

Savvy Bromac, trained by Nathan Turvey, rated a slick 1.54.4, with the final three quarters whizzing by in 28.4sec., 28.8sec. and 28.4sec. The win improved Savvy Bromac’s record to 31 starts for 12 wins, nine seconds and two thirds for $223,146 in stakes.

“It was a satisfying win,” said Turvey. “Balcatherine went huge, and we considered she would have to go a personal best to beat us. I have great respect for Balcatherine.”

Savvy Bromac has gone for a brief spell of about ten days in Bunbury before resuming work. Owner Karl Deiley is contemplating sending Savvy Bromac to Sydney to contest three feature events for mares at Menangle in February.