We don’t run too many in three year old maidens on the flat, so it was very pleasing to see WRB Racing’s Nellie The Elegant defy her inexperience to make a winning debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening in what looked a fair fillies’ contest for the time of year.

Nellie after her winning debut at Dunstall Park 

Quickly out of the stalls, she always looked to be travelling well and, when a gap appeared on the inside rail rounding the home bend, she responded very gamely to David Probert’s urgings and went on to win by a comfortable half-length.

The Racing Post was complimentary about her afterwards, describing her as ‘quite a promising filly’ and it will be interesting to see if she can make an impact in handicap company in the coming weeks off what will most likely be an opening mark in the mid-60s.

Nellie’s win was a welcome tonic following a couple of disappointing runs at Warwick from Hidden Identity and Mr Cracker, who was making his debut for us.  Nothing has come to light to explain Hidden Identity’s performance, but she has been known to throw in the odd below-par run and, having previously been so progressive this season, I am inclined to put it down as an off day unless anything else surfaces.  Unfortunately, Mr Cracker over-pitched badly on landing over the first and that certainly affected his confidence over the next few fences.  He had been showing up nicely at home so I am confident we will see a much better display next time.