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Emily Suvaljko’s bold tactics of keeping the pacemaker and last-start winner Regal Cheval under pressure paid dividends when Angel In White revealed splendid fighting qualities and strength to win the 2536m Xmas In July Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Angel In White, an eight-year-old mare and a $4.60 chance from barrier four, was driven forward at the start and Suvaljko gave Regal Cheval, the $3.20 second fancy, little chance to relax in front, with the quarters of the final mile being run in 30.2sec., 29.7sec., 28.8sec. and 28.3sec.

Angel In White, owned and trained by Shane Tognolini, eventually got to the front 300m from home, and she went on to beat $3.50 chance Shadow Roll, who fought on doggedly after trailing the pacemaker throughout.

Possibly the result could have been different, with Regal Cheval’s winning prospects being ruined by a punctured off-side sulky wheel which resulted in the deflated tube being forced off the rim of the wheel. Regal Cheval’s tyre was punctured with a lap to travel when Shadow Roll accidentally hit that pacer’s wheel.

Regal Cheval managed to retain the lead until being passed at the 300m mark. He then dropped back to finish an unlucky seventh and last.

This was Angel In White’s fifth win this season, and she now boasts an excellent record of 75 starts for 14 wins, 17 placings and $158,392 in prizemoney.