ROGUE Angel lived up to the promising signs she showed in her trials by winning her debut race at Kennerson Park on Monday.
Rogue Angel ($10.10) worked her way to the front early in a tightly contested Murphy’s Pre Ed & Rearing Maiden (307 metres) on Monday and did enough to just hold off Rosedene Valor ($7.80) and Rosedene Warrior ($5.40).
A recent acquisition, trainer Raymond Stevenson said his Swift Fancy bitch has shown promising signs.
“I haven’t had her long. She was sent to me and I got her going. She’s got a lot of ability,” he said.
“She’s a good beginner. She’s only had the two trials for me but she’s gone very good over those.
“I’m not sure how far she’ll go. I’ve got a little brother to her who won here in a very fast time over 450m so I think she’ll be better over a little longer distance.
“In the last trial she had, the dog that beat her was a very good dog. The people that have got them don’t bring them unless they can run.”
Nothing could separate Little Shirl, Rogue Angel and race favourite Adolescent in the opening stages.
It was a bunched start to the race and eventually something had to give.
Contact split the field in two, resulting in a four-strong leading group of Rogue Angel, Rosedene Valor, Rosedene Warrior and Little Shirl.
Rogue Angel was at the head of that group fighting off a challenge from inside starter Rosedene Valor as the field swung for home.
Stevenson’s bitch stayed clear on the run for home to win in a time of 18.27.