Sharpened Edge showed she was over her problems when opening her account for the season at Nottingham today.
The filly had to have surgery on her knee but completed her recovery when just getting the verdict in the Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Network Instruments Handicap.
The runners were spread right across the track, but David Probert always had Bryn Palling's charge up with the pace.
The 14-1 shot pulled out that bit extra to win by a neck from Whiskey Junction with Milton Of Campsie a head away third.
"She's a good filly but she had a bad setback. She had to have bits of bone in her knee taken out," said the South Glamorgan trainer.
"At the end of her races last year she was running off to the left or to the right, so we had a vet look at her. We've had her back and rested her and she's fine now.
"She enjoys soft ground. We might run her on the all-weather if we can't find another race for her on turf."
South Cape (9-2 favourite) took the mile handicap at this meeting for the second successive year with a hard-fought win.
The seven-year-old was rousted by Ryan Moore to get into contention in the straight and hit the front inside the final furlong.
Gary Moore's charge went on to take the Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Fortinet Handicap by a length from West End Lad with the pace-setting Ken's Girl third.
"He's a good old horse. The ground came right for him. He likes a flat track and everything was up his street. He's done it well," said Moore.
Parlour Games (7-1) made amends for a poor show on heavy ground at Newcastle when landing a convincing success in division one of the EBF Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Kaspersky Oath Colts And Geldings Maiden Stakes.
The Godolphin youngster, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, was pushed into the lead furlongs out by Ahmed Ajtebi and kept on strongly to hold Ittirad by a length and a half.
Academy, the 2-11 favourite, was a big disappointment in division two, trailing in fifth behind Charles Camoin (13-2),
The Sylvester Kirk-trained youngster was a winner for title-chasing Richard Hughes as he obliged by three-quarters of a length from Wayward Glance.
Point North (9-4) repaid a little of his 500,000 guineas purchase price when getting off the mark in the Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Safenet Maiden Stakes under William Buick.
Jeremy Noseda's three-year-old, owned by Robert Ogden, got up in the closing stages to collar odds-on favourite Chiefdom Prince by a length and three-quarters. The two principals drew eight lengths clear of the third home, Yensi.
Leading apprentice Martin Lane made all the running over two miles on Gaselee (16-1) for Rae Guest in the Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Imperva Handicap.
Brand Bob (11-2) stuck on well to take the Exclusive Networks Proudly Partners Exinda Selling Stakes on his debut for Amy Weaver since leaving Tracey Collins' Irish stable.