Ask conformation

17-length win for Ask mare

The Martin Todhunter-trained Sophie Olivia (5m Ask-Gill’s Honey, by Celio Rufo) could scarcely have been more impressive when winning at Hexham on Sunday.

Henry Brooke was aboard the Ask mare, who always raced prominently in the two-mile novices’ hurdle and powered clear to a 17-length victory.

Brooke feels there could be more to come from the five-year-old, who was bred in Ireland by B Murphy and Mary Devereaux.

“Sophie Olivia has always had potential, but she has been a bit weak,” said the jockey.