It was good to see Innocent Girl make a stylish winning debut for us at Southwell on Monday.
She had done well for our neighbour Jack Barber in point-to-points last season and we felt she could be very competitive off a handicap mark gained while she raced previously in the North of England.
She jumped soundly on Monday bar one mistake when she was unsighted, moved nicely into the lead at the 13th fence, was soon clear and came home six lengths ahead of Yourholidayisover despite being eased in the closing stages by our new conditional jockey Kieron Edgar.
For the moment two and a half miles is the optimum trip for Innocent Girl who has a few entries in the next week and, all being well, could be out again quickly over hurdles or fences before the handicapper has a chance to react.
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