Sophie Olivia back in action for at Ayr

Posted on: 13th November 2018

Sophie Olivia was the subject of a big gamble at Hexham a month ago which saw the mare sent off at 16/1 from 66/1 to win the Interbet Sports Betting Chase and she duly obliged to claim the spoils and mark a winning debut over fences.

The mare is back on Wednesday at Ayr, with the six-year-old running in the Christmas Parties At Western House Hotel Chase which will be over two miles, four-and-a-half furlongs.

Sophie Olivia won a competitive race last time out when triumphing by five lengths ahead of The Paddy Pie, with owner Andy Bell looking forward to this latest encounter.

“She did us proud at Hexham,” said Andy. “We weren’t sure how she would take to the fences and thought that a place would be a bonus although to win the race was outstanding.

“It will be interesting to see how she goes on a much different course and we’re hoping for another big run.”

Henry Brooke will be on board the mare in a race which sees Gordon Elliott’s Jaunty Thor take a place at the top of the weights and he’s already recorded four wins this season.

Henry rode Sophie Olivia to victory at Hexham and is looking forward to another competitive race at Ayr.

“I really rated the horse before she won last month,” admitted Henry. “The only thing was she was going over fences for the first time and that adds an element of the unknown.

“I know that Martin (Todhunter) gets his horses fit for the first outing of the season and she simply followed them round and managed to pick up the pieces at the end.

“Perhaps we’ll adopt similar tactics this time around although I would be wary of the Elliott horse”.

Henry has been having a busy time of things lately, with the jockey having landed victories on Return Ticket and Little Pippin.

“It was great to win on Return Ticket for Ruth Jefferson,” admitted Henry. “It was also an emotional win on Little Pippin for Tony Coyle’s late wife, so I was delighted with that one.”