Ask conformation

Ask mare wins well for Hobbs

Katy P (5m Ask-Kingara, by Karinga Bay) relished a step up in trip to two and a half miles as she landed a Huntingdon novices’ hurdle on Monday.

Ciaran Gethings waited patiently aboard the Philip Hobbs-trained Ask mare before pouncing in the closing stages to claim victory.

The five-year-old, bred jointly by owner Patrick Atkinson and the Elms Stud, hails from the family of top chaser Gunner Welburn. There looks sure to be better to come from her. “A mistake at the last looked to have cost her but she picked up again nicely and won with a bit in hand. She should get further and remains capable of better,” noted the Racing Post’s Analysis. Ask is standing for €3,000 in 2017.