IT TOOK 36 starts and almost five years, but Innocent Fling has done it!
In what was her second outing for Ray Holberton, Innocent Fling broke her maiden status when proving too slick at Globe Derby last night.
Innocent Fling made her debut with an inglorious last – beaten 205 metres – in Kilmore in June 2014.
The first trotter Holberton has trained for “quite a while”, the daughter of Fling It is a “handful” according to the veteran horseman.
“Her owner Trevor Gully sent her over to me because she’d lost the plot a bit,” Holberton said. “She can be a bit of a handful in the cart so I just lead her off another horse and she’s no problem.”
Those who backed Innocent Fling into being the $3.30 second favourite would have been feeling less than confident when the mare failed trot a yard during the warm up, but “that’s just the way she is” according to Holberton.
“She’s got a bit of attitude but I’ve just learnt not to fight her and let her do her thing,” Holberton said. “Once she steps up to the stand and goes away she’s as good as gold.”
Jake Webster had the squaregaiter away well from her 20-metre handicap to trail Strawberry Mouse which began quickly to find the lead.
With the front pair racing a conservative 25 metres in front of the field, Webster waited until the final quarter to make his challenge for the front.
Striding clear around the home turn, Innocent Fling was untouched to record a 28-metre win from Strawberry Mouse, with Nerveracking 14 metres away third in a modest 2:07.6 over 2230 metres.
“I was really happy with the run,” Holberton said. “I was really happy with her first-up run at Gawler and she might have been able to do the same thing if she’d been able to get the front.
“She won’t race for a fortnight now but I’ll just look to see what’s around for her in the next few weeks.”
- KIM PROCTER