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Ascot Chase defence on Dashel Drasher agenda

Jeremy Scott’s Dashel Drasher is poised to defend his Betfair Ascot Chase title after a gallant run in defeat at Lingfield on Sunday.

The nine-year-old won for the first time this season at Newbury in late December, reverting to hurdles to triumph under Rex Dingle and tee himself up nicely for a tilt at Lingfield’s Winter Million meeting.

The victory left Scott pondering a second run over the smaller obstacles at the valuable fixture, but the trainer eventually opted for the Fleur De Lys Chase and his gelding started as the 6-4 favourite.

In a tight finish it was Kim Bailey’s Two For Gold who prevailed, edging out Dashel Drasher by just a short head as Bristol De Mai finished three-quarters of a length back in third.

“He came out of it very well. I was concerned he was going to have a hard race and I’m sure he did have a hard race but he’s bounced out of it well, so hopefully we’re all on track for Ascot,” said Scott.

“It did just look like he’d thought he’d done enough when he got past the horse (Two For Gold), but the line came too soon and he was then headed again.

“In fairness, that was probably the toughest race he’s run in terms of having to come from behind and get up.

“It was really nice to see that he was determined to do that, it was just that our timing was slightly off.”

Dashel Drasher’s partnership with Dingle is a relatively new one as the horse was previously the regular ride of Matt Griffiths, who has been out of action since October and is continuing to recover after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident.

Dingle’s bond with the dark bay is strengthening with time and Scott believes the hurdles victory was pivotal in cementing the rapport between horse and rider.

“He just is a horse you need to get to know. The more he (Dingle) rides him, the better he’ll get going forward and that’s got to be a good thing,” he said.

“Rex is definitely building up a partnership now and I think that’s where the hurdle race was so useful.

“He got out and got a real feel for the horse without the complication of fences.”

Dashel Drasher in action at Ascot
Dashel Drasher in action at Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

The nine-year-old won the Grade One Ascot Chase in 2021 in what was a third successive victory at a track he seems to favour above all others.

Explaining his liking for the course, Scott said: “It just seems to suit, I think because it’s a straightforward track whereas at Lingfield you’re a bit up and down.

“We know how to ride him at Ascot and that helps, you know where you are with him at various places on the track.”

Dashel Drasher’s earnest efforts have not gone unnoticed amongst racing enthusiasts and the gelding seemed to have inspired as much admiration for his beaten effort at Lingfield as he did for any of his 10 winning performances.

“He seems to have become quite a popular horse, which is lovely,” said Scott.

“He’s got quite a following and people just seem to like his attitude.”

Scott not totally dismissing Lingfield hurdles run for Dashel Drasher

Jeremy Scott has not completely ruled out running Dashel Drasher in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Hurdle at Lingfield on Sunday, although the Fleur De Lys Chase is still the favoured option at this stage.

A Grade One winner over fences at Ascot last season, the nine-year-old showed his versatility when an all-the-way winner at Newbury over hurdles last time out.

What is making Scott think twice is Dashel Drasher actually emerges as one of best in at the weights in the hurdle contest and it is over a more suitable trip, but the chase has an extra £50,000 up for grabs.

“The chase was definitely the original plan, but we just put a sneaky entry in the hurdle when we looked at the conditions and the entries,” said Scott.

“Relatively speaking he’s better treated in the hurdle and we haven’t totally ruled it out, as in a way it would give him an easier race as it’s two furlongs less – but the owners are keen on the chase to try to win the money.

“The money (£150,000) is extraordinarily good and the whole meeting is something that will hopefully grow as a venture in the future so that we have a nice target in January.”

A winner of 10 of his 19 races for owners Richard and Veronica Lock and Bridget and Patrick Tully, Dashel Drasher has truly been the horse of a lifetime.

“It takes a long time for one of these good ones to come along and he’s given them some wonderful days out. Let’s hope this weekend is another one of those,” said Scott, in a call hosted by Great British Racing.

Trainer Jeremy Scott has some thinking to do
Trainer Jeremy Scott has some thinking to do (John Walton/PA)

“We bred him and the nice thing is we’ve got his full brother at home and he looks particularly useful.”

Dashel Drasher’s victory over hurdles last time out was his first since April 2019, taking his record over the smaller obstacles to five wins from just eight races.

“We wanted to get a run into him as we could see the ground wasn’t going to be great through January, so we went there to get a race into him,” said Scott.

“He looked relatively well treated over hurdles and thankfully it came off.”

His regular partner until this season has been Matt Griffiths, who is currently sidelined following a serious car accident. He has been replaced by Rex Dingle, who this week rode his 100th winner.

Rex Dingle, a Cheltenham Festival winner, has stepped in to ride Dashel Drasher
Rex Dingle, a Cheltenham Festival winner, has stepped in to ride Dashel Drasher (Tim Goode/PA)

“As much as we’re trying to build a new partnership, it was probably what both horse and jockey needed just to get to know each other. It worked really well, Rex realised how well he can travel and jump,” said Scott.

“Rex has been coming into us for several years. The easiest thing would have been to go for one of the top jockeys, but the trouble is they might not have been available all the time. I and the owners felt it was important we had someone who knows him and can build the partnership up. Rex will ride in preference to anything else and that was the commitment we needed.”

Dingle said: “He’s a very likeable horse and has a great following. He loves being in front, even at home walking on the roads.

“He’s very tough, wears his heart on his sleeve and is a great horse to be associated with. I’m very lucky to be riding him.

“He seems to be quite a fast horse on testing ground, whereas on good to soft it can get him out of his comfort zone a bit. I’m not sure how much he enjoys it, he’s just very effective on it.

“I’m at a stage in my career where you need good horses to take you to that next stage and in unforeseen circumstances Drasher has come along.

“I speak to Matt quite regularly and he’s very much involved with this horse still. I spoke to him before and after Newbury, he knows him better than anyone.

“Matt is getting better and hopefully will be back on a horse as soon as possible.”

Dashel Drasher heading for Winter Million meeting at Lingfield

Dashel Drasher will head for the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield’s Winter Million meeting after connections decided against an outing at Kempton on Saturday.

A winner over hurdles at Newbury on his latest appearance, Jeremy Scott’s stable star looked set to return to the lager obstacles in the Grade Two Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase.

But Scott has had a change of heart and will instead target the nine-year-old at Lingfield’s £150,000 feature on Sunday week.

He said: “We decided we’d wait for the race at Lingfield next Sunday. Master Tommytucker is doing the same, I believe.

“I just felt that over two and a half (miles) this weekend, while the ground will be on the soft side, it will not be as wet as we’d like.

“It could be desperate ground at Lingfield, of course, but it’s looking fairly dry ahead of next weekend and we decided we’d rather go there and run over two-six.”

Paul Nicholls’ assistant, Harry Derham, confirmed that Master Tommytucker, winner of last season’s Silvinaco Conti Chase at Kempton, is heading for the Surrey track.

Derham said: “Master Tommytucker obviously has a good record on soft ground and the intermediate trip of two-miles-six will suit well, and so he has been trained for that race.”

Of the weather outlook, clerk of the course George Hill anticipates a dry week for the three-day fixture, which begins on Friday.

Two days of high-class National Hunt action are positioned either side of a lucrative All-Weather Championships card, with other highlights including the £100,000 Sovereign Handicap Hurdle and the £100,000 Coral Winter Oaks.

Hill said: “The going is heavy, with a dry forecast between now and racing. We may have a few frosty mornings next week, but at the moment there is nothing to worry about. It isn’t a bad forecast for January.

“The Winter Million is a new concept and me and the team down here are really looking forward to it. We have put in a lot of hours to get the idea off the ground and to have a million pounds in prize money across the three days is hugely exciting.

“We have some nice Flat meetings and good horses have turned up for the Classic trials and the All-Weather Championships, but to have this calibre of prize-money and, hopefully horses, for a jumps meeting is something new for Lingfield Park, certainly in my four and a half years here.”

He added: “We are hoping to have some support from Ireland, but it is difficult to know how it will play out given it is the first year of the Winter Million.

“I have been in contact with trainers over there – they have all the information regarding the programme and what type of ground we are going to get – and the prize-money hopefully means it’s worth them travelling over.”

Kempton option for Drasher before Ascot return

Dashel Drasher is likely to have the Ladbrokes Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton on January 15 as his next start before he returns to his beloved Ascot the following month.

The nine-year-old’s main aim is the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase on February 19 – which he won in 2021.

Dashel Drasher made a winning return to hurdling when defying top weight in a competitive handicap at Newbury last week after being taken out of the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Trainer Jeremy Scott reports his stable star to have taken the race in his stride so far.

“It was fantastic. It was a good effort. He’s all good and the plan at the moment would be the Silviniaco Conti,” said the Somerset handler.

“There is that Lingfield race (Winter Million Chase) worth £150,000 over two miles and six furlongs (on January 23) but I think the ground might go if we get too much rain.

“At the moment it’s the Silviniaco Conti and then go back to Ascot. Time wise it’s great as long as he comes out of this hurdle race OK. That is the plan at this stage.

“He hasn’t done anything much, but he seems 100 per cent.”

Forecast rain would be a nice Christmas present for Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott is praying the forecast rain materialises ahead of the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day so he can run Dashel Drasher.

With declarations having to be made on Thursday, three days before the race, the Somerset trainer may have to take a leap of faith the ground will be suitable for his stable star to take on the cream of three-mile chases in the Christmas showpiece.

Scott would like to run into Dashel Drasher before the end of this month as he has plans for the horse early next year that include the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase he won at the Berkshire track in February.

“He’s very good but the forecast rain would definitely need to come,” he said.

“I’m in that awful position of having to make a decision hoping God provides us with some rain. Trouble is you have to declare on Thursday so you are guessing.

“If it was good to soft that would be absolutely fine. If the rain didn’t come we definitely wouldn’t run.

“We’d probably have to declare but then you’ve got jockey issues. I don’t want to tie somebody up riding the horse and mess up their Boxing Day if he doesn’t run and they can’t go elsewhere.

“It’s going to be very awkward but I’ll have to get the best advice I can on the weather.”

Scott reports Dashel Drasher to be in good form following his seasonal reappearance at Ascot last month when he was third to Lostintranslation in the Grade Two Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.

“The horse is very well and we’ve got some targets all the way through January and February and if we don’t run realistically before the end of December it almost messes up our plans,” he said.

“We’d like to get a run into the horse. We shall see. If God doesn’t provide we’ll have to come up with another plan.

“We’re working back from the Ascot race in February, there’s that nice valuable race at Lingfield if the weather behaves. That will be a suitable race for him and there’s the Silviniaco Conti (at Kempton) which unless it was very soft it would probably be too quick for him round there.

“We’ll see. It’s a nice headache to have and we’re lucky to have a nice horse to run in these races, so I’m not complaining.”

Dashel Drasher team hoping for Cheltenham rain

Dashel Drasher could bid to defy top weight in the Racing Post Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday as long there is enough cut in the ground.

Connections of the Jeremy Scott-trained eight-year-old are keen to have a go at the valuable handicap chase if conditions are suitable.

Scott reports his stable star to have taken his seasonal reappearance at Ascot, where he was third to Lostintranslation, in his stride.

“If we get enough rain and the ground is good to soft or soft, I think the owners will be quite keen to run as it ties in possibly with the Silviniaco Conti Chase (at Kempton) later on in January,” said Scott.

“It gives a nice time gap, but we’ll very much see what the weather does.

“He seems to have come out of his race really well. All’s good.”

A field of 21 remain at the five-day confirmation stage including ante-post favourite Lalor.

The nine-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, heads the market thanks to his fine effort when taking third place behind Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at the Prestbury Park venue last month.

That was his first start since he moved to Ditcheat from Kayley Woollacott’s Crewkerne yard.

Midnight Shadow could bid to double up for trainer Sue Smith. Others from that race include Philip Hobbs’ Dostal Phil, who was fourth, and the Evan Williams-trained Coole Cody. He came down at the second-last fence when holding every chance.

Nicky Henderson’s Fusil Raffles could try to back up his fortunate success in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby when he capitalised on the fall of Shan Blue. However, he also holds an entry in the Unibet International Hurdle on the same card.

Dan Skelton is four-handed with Amoola Gold, Alnadam, Knight In Dubai and Beakstown while the Emmet Mullins-trained Noble Yeats in the sole Irish entry.

Head-scratcher for Scott on next move with Dashel Drasher before Ascot repeat

Jeremy Scott may be forced to drop Dashel Drasher down in trip or even revert to hurdles for his next race due to the lack of opportunities over his optimum distance.

The long-term target is to try to win the Betfair Ascot Chase over two miles and five furlongs at the Berkshire track for the second successive year in February.

Scott was pleased with Dashel Drasher’s third place behind Lostintranslation in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday on his seasonal reappearance – but where to go next is posing a problem.

“I was really pleased. He trotted up 100 per cent sound. He’s gone out in the field, no lumps and bumps. We were delighted with him. I thought he ran a good race,” said the Somerset handler.

“The ground was just a bit quick and the fact Master Tommytucker (who finished second) turned the form around (from the Ascot Chase) was probably as much to do with Master Tommytucker having had a race, so we probably fell a little bit short in terms of sharpness and fitness. I was delighted with him really.

“If it had been softer perhaps we’d have struggled more with fitness, but on the whole I thought he ran very well.”

Dashel Drasher holds an entry in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, but Scott believes three miles is too far.

“It’s difficult finding the next race. He is in the King George, but I’m not convinced he’d see out three miles, especially looking at the competition that’s around,” he went on.

“We might look for a slightly lower target if we can, but it’s extraordinarily difficult finding races. I’ve looked in Ireland and I can’t find anything. We’ll have a good search through. We might revert to hurdles to tide us over. We’ll be aiming to go back to Ascot for the race in February he won last year.

“It wouldn’t worry if we dropped back in trip if the ground was soft enough – a drop back to two-miles-three and see how we got on. The ground would have to be testing enough.

“It’s lovely having a horse of that ability, but you can’t believe how hard it is to find races for those horses. You’d think there’d be a race a month, but if you look through and want to stay to two and a half miles there are so few races unless you go in handicaps, which is another option.

“We’ll see how he comes out of it and try to make a plan in the next 10 days as to exactly where we’re going to go.”

Dashel Drasher set to return to beloved Ascot on Saturday

Dashel Drasher is set to make his seasonal debut in the Channelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Jeremy Scott is keen to get his stable star under way this season and the Grade Two contest is an obvious starting point.

Dashel Drasher enjoys cut in the ground – but Scott is happy with conditions as they were described on Monday afternoon as good to soft, good in places.

He ended the last campaign with three victories, all over the course and distance. He has not raced since completing his hat-trick in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase over the two miles and five furlongs in February.

Dashel Drasher is unbeaten in four starts in all at the Berkshire track, having won a novice hurdle there in February 2019.

“If the ground didn’t alter too much from where it is at the moment, I think we’d run,” said Scott.

“I haven’t got too many options until Christmas time so at this stage that is very much the plan. The horse is well.

“He had a little racecourse gallop the other day at Exeter on what probably was the equivalent of the ground is at Ascot, and he seemed very happy there. We’ll see what the weather does and how we get on.”

The Somerset trainer confirmed Rex Dingle would take the ride in place of Matt Griffiths, who suffered a serious head injury in a car accident last month.

“Rex Dingle rides. He has schooled him several times and he rode him in the racecourse gallop, so he knows a bit about him,” Scott added.

Dashel Drasher would be likely to face some old rivals, including Paul Nicholls’ Master Tommytucker, who was runner-up in the Ascot Chase.

Also in the mix are Olly Murphy’s Itchy Feet and Dan Skelton’s Bennys King, who finished second in the other two races Dashel Drasher won at Ascot last term.

Defi Du Seuil could return to action in the  Channelle Pharma Chase at Ascot on Saturday
Defi Du Seuil could return to action in the Channelle Pharma Chase at Ascot on Saturday (Bradley Collyer/PA)

A quality entry includes 2019 Tingle Creek victor Defi Du Seuil from the Philip Hobbs’ yard and Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation, winner of the Betfair Chase at Haydock in 2019.

Gordon Elliott has put in his dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll, while Willie Mullins’ Franco De Port is a second Irish-trained possible.

Cepage, Espoir De Romay and Pistol Whipped make up the 11 horses confirmed at the five-day stage.

Ascot to feature prominently again for Dashel Drasher

Ascot is likely to feature prominently once more in Jeremy’s Scott’s plans for his Grade One-winning chaser Dashel Drasher.

The eight-year-old was a three-time winner last season, capping his hat-trick of victories – all at the Berkshire course – with a two-length success in the Grade One Ascot Chase in February.

The same race is on Somerset trainer Scott’s radar this season, but there is a decision to be made as to whether Dashel Drasher will otherwise remain at a two-mile-five-furlong trip or step up to three miles.

Next month’s Grade Two 1965 Chase is a likely starting point back at Ascot, over the intermediate distance.

“At the moment we’re looking at going back to Ascot again, that’s the Grade Two in November,” said Scott.

“He’s very well – we’ve had his owners up, and he looks an absolute picture. We could have gone for the Old Roan Chase, but he’s a bit too porky for that.

“We didn’t bother entering (there), but he’s very well – we’re all systems go, I hope.”

The King George VI Chase is under consideration should Dashel Drasher step up in trip, but if not then a defence of his Ascot crown may be the plan.

“I think we’re going to have to a make a decision as to whether we stick at that trip or go up,” added Scott.

“Really I think after the Ascot run we’ll have to make a call on whether we do step him up to three miles.

“The King George might be something to look at.

“It’s slightly vague at the minute. He does seem so good at Ascot over two miles and five, and I think the odds are we’ll stick at it, but it’s quite difficult to find races for him, particularly near Christmas.

“The plan is to go to Ascot anyway and come up with some conclusions as a result of that run – ultimately he’ll probably go back to the race he won there last year in February.”

Dashel Drasher has struck up a successful partnership with jockey Matt Griffiths throughout this career, with the rider on board for all but three of his 17 career starts.

Griffiths was hospitalised after suffering a head injury in a road collision earlier this month, and Scott will therefore be required to find a new pilot for the upcoming campaign.

“It’s very much under discussion – if I could use someone who’s already linked to the yard then that would be ideal,” he said.

“We’re looking at Rex Dingle. The trouble is we want somebody that will stick with the horse, rather than riding him one time and then not the next because they’ve got other commitments, so I’d say Rex would be fairly well up the list.”

Scott exploring Aintree possibility for Dashel Drasher

Jeremy Scott is looking to run Dashel Drasher at Aintree, in either the Melling Chase or the Betway Bowl, but only if the ground is suitable.

Should conditions be too fast then the Somerset handler would put the Betfair Ascot Chase winner away until next season.

Dashel Drasher was a late withdrawal from the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham because the ground had dried out too much.

The eight-year-old has been a revelation this campaign winning his last three starts, culminating in Grade One company in February.

“I think he’ll have an entry at Aintree, but again if the weather doesn’t look right and the ground isn’t right he wouldn’t run. But he’s very well. He’s all ready to go,” said Scott.

“There’s a race there over two and a half miles and also three-miles-one-furlong. We’ll look at both and see what the entries are like.

“Whether the shorter race will be too sharp and the longer one too far, I don’t know.

“Winning over two-five at Ascot you’d say a shade under two and a half miles round Aintree might just be too sharp for him.

“We’d certainly look at the entries on the day and make a call.”

He added: “I wouldn’t run him unless the ground was right. They do a great job at Aintree, but it would definitely have to be on the soft side and not on the quick side.

“I wouldn’t be worried if we did put him away. There are plenty of nice races next year.”

Jeremy Scott considering best move with Dashel Drasher after Ascot heroics

Jeremy Scott has been taken aback by the reaction to Dashel Drasher’s success in the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday.

In providing Scott with a first Grade One victory since Melodic Rendezvous in the 2013 Tolworth Hurdle, the eight-year-old continued his steep upward curve, winning his third race in succession – all at Ascot.

Whether he runs again this season, though, has still to be decided, with Scott considering the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and the Bowl at Aintree.

“He’s come out of the race really well,” said Scott.

“Originally I wasn’t that keen to run him again as he’s had three hard races all in a row.

“We’ll look at Cheltenham, but I think that’s unlikely, possibly Aintree, but it’s very much a case of we’ll see how he goes.

“It’s very exciting, but when I looked through there are really very few options. There’s the possibility of Aintree, but he’d probably have to step up to three miles there. Obviously there’s the two-and-a-half-mile race, but on likely quicker ground and a tighter track it could be too sharp for him.

“It will all very much depend on the ground, I wouldn’t want to be running him on fastish ground.

Looking back on the weekend, the Somerset-based trainer said: “To a point I think we were lucky that we ended up in a race with one who was rated immeasurably higher (Cyrname) than the rest of us who were all rated pretty similar.

“The reaction has been absolutely outstanding. People love horses like him who always pull a bit more out of the bag. They really latch on them, it’s lovely.”

Dashel Drasher records landmark Ascot Chase victory

Dashel Drasher delivered a famous Grade One success for trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Matt Griffiths in the Betfair Ascot Chase.

The front-running eight-year-old, scoring over course and distance for the third time in succession, took on favourite Cyrname early on the final circuit and then outpointed the latter’s stablemate Master Tommytucker up the straight to win by a hard-fought two lengths.

Dashel Drasher, sent off at 4-1, jumped well throughout and, after mastering Cyrname – who was again disappointing and quickly faded to be pulled up – he battled all the way to the line to keep Paul Nicholls’ second string at bay by two lengths.

Somerset trainer Scott was understandably emotional as he reflected on just his second Grade One win – and first in eight years – with a horse he bred as well as trains.

“This is very special, and you could say it was our Gold Cup,” he said.

“I don’t often get emotional, but I definitely had a bit of a welling up there as he won.

“My wife (Camilla) bred his dam – and she went on to win five point-to-points in a row.

“It’s a great thrill – but we had to think we were tilting at windmills against Cyrname.”

Scott need not have worried about that as Griffiths’ determination to put pressure on the favourite from the outset paid off, with Cyrname again failing to rediscover the form which made him the top-rated chaser in Britain after a wide-margin win in this race two years ago.

“At home, he doesn’t blow your socks off – but on the racecourse, he digs deep, doesn’t he,” Scott added.

“Our plan was to put Cyrname under pressure, go out hard and fast.

“But we fluffed the first fence, and Cyrname looked to be cruising away with it.

“But as soon as we got upsides him and went half a length up, he wilted.”

Dashel Drasher, previously successful in handicap and Graduation company this season, was taking a steep rise in class – and also had to turn round Haydock form with Master Tommytucker, who had beaten him by almost 20 lengths there in November.

He has a Cheltenham Festival option in the Ryanair Chase but is no certainty to be going there – this year, at least.

“He’s in the Ryanair Chase, but let’s get him home and see how he is before making any plans,” said Scott.

Matt Griffiths riding Dashel Drasher clear the last but had to battle hard all the way to the line
Matt Griffiths riding Dashel Drasher clear the last but had to battle hard all the way to the line (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“He had an injury last year, so we’re not that keen to over-race him.”

Scott reserved praise for Griffiths, adding: “It’s great for Matt, who is a stalwart.

“He broke this horse in, as he does most of the horses, and is an integral part of the team.”

There were some anxious moments on the run-in, after Dashel Drasher made his only slight mistake and then began to look vulnerable – but as he has previously, he found more when asked.

Scott added: “In fairness to the horse, every time he has run here, he has done exactly the same thing – and Matt has always said ‘he’s always got a little bit left up his sleeve’.

“So that was kind of what I was hoping – but I have to say, watching it, I wasn’t quite sure. It didn’t look great!”

Griffiths felt he had to be slightly more conservative at the fences than on earlier Ascot visits with Dashel Drasher.

“Today his jumping was efficient, but that’s all,” he said.

“I couldn’t chuck him at the fences like I’d done before.”

The looming presence of Daryl Jacob on Master Tommytucker was an evident concern too, entering the straight, and Dashel Drasher had to be brave as well as accurate to see off the smooth-travelling runner-up.

Griffiths added: “I was wary coming into the straight that Daryl, was right behind me – and when my horse missed the last it was a relief when he picked up again.

“I’ve been part of his life since the first day he ran, so it’s massive to be associated with the horse.

“It’s a dream for everyone at the yard – and especially for Jeremy, because it is his first Grade One win for quite a while, and it makes it extra special that he’s a home-bred.”

Dashel Drasher has improved dramatically at Ascot of late, despite often jumping slightly left, and Griffiths does not anticipate a significant preference to race right-handed will dictate future plans.

He said: “I think he’ll be fine going the other way – even though he does tend to jump to the left, he never does it violently, and I thought he was a bit straighter today.

“If that was his last run of the season it wouldn’t be the end of the world – because next year he will stay further and he could be a Charlie Hall or Hennessy (Ladbrokes Trophy) horse.”

In the British Horseracing Authority stewards report following the race, a respiratory issued was cited by a representative of Nicholls for the performance of Cyrname.

Ascot or Newbury poser for Dashel Drasher

Jeremy Scott was facing a sleepless night on Wednesday deciding whether to send stable star Dashel Drasher to Ascot or Newbury this weekend.

With two wins at Ascot over the two-mile-five-furlong trip of the Betfair Ascot Chase already under his belt this season, that might look the more suitable option. However, Scot is giving serious consideration to the rescheduled Grade Two Denman Chase at Newbury, which would mean a step up to three miles for the first time.

“We have still to decide where to go. He’s a shorter price for the Denman which would indicate somebody thinks he has a better chance in that,” said Scott.

“It’s whether we’d be disadvantaged by running at Newbury. At Ascot he’s won despite jumping a little left.

“If you’d asked me at the beginning of the season where would you rather run, I’d have said Newbury would suit him better.

“We ruled the Denman out originally as it was coming too soon after his last run, but then it reopened and it’s likely to be better ground.

“Would it be daft to run in the Denman? I don’t know, he has been very good around Ascot and it does suit him as he can swing down the hill and get enough back in the tank to come back up the hill. Maybe that suits him.

“If we hadn’t had the confusion of the Denman we’d definitely be at Ascot, as it’s an opportunity to run in a Grade One and if one or two underperformed and we upped our game then it would be happy days.”

Ascot Chase option for Dashel Drasher

Jeremy Scott is thinking of giving Dashel Drasher an entry in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase following his game success over the course and distance on Saturday.

The eight-year-old has earned his chance in open company after making virtually all the running to see off Bennys King by a length and a quarter in the bet365 Handicap Chase.

It was his second successive victory over two miles and five furlongs at the Berkshire track and the way Dashel Drasher stuck to his task surprised even his trainer.

“I was really impressed with him. It’s interesting where we go now. He certainly looked more resilient than I possibly gave him credit for,” said Scott.

“He might go back there for the Ascot Chase in a month’s time. That’s a possibility.

“It’s over the same trip. It depends what is kicking around at the time. If he’s all right, he’ll probably have an entry. We’ll see what the opposition is and take it from there.

“He’s got the entry in the Ryanair, which is also a possibility.

“It would be nice to see him step up into graded company.”

Scott would love to see Dashel Drasher move up in class as the Somerset trainer still has his dam, So Long.

“It would also be nice to get some black type for the mare because we’ve still got her,” he said.

“We’ve never quite managed to get any black type, so it would be nice to achieve that.

“The options are open. We’ll see how he comes out of the race – that’s the main thing.”

Dashel Drasher steps up to the mark at Ascot

Dashel Drasher produced a tenacious performance to make every yard of the running and record a second Ascot triumph this season with victory in the bet365 Handicap Chase.

The Jeremy Scott-trained gelding jumped left at several of the fences, only to pull out extra under Matt Griffiths and hold Bennys King by a length and a quarter.

The 6-1 winner set what most observers thought might ultimately prove too frenetic a pace – but he came up for his pilot every time and those jumps enabled him to maintain a largely uncontested lead.

Griffiths said: “It’s massive for Jeremy to have such a nice horse on his hands. Owing to his lack of respect for the fences he wasn’t very good over them to start with, but he’s come good in a big way.

“I was more worried about what would happen over the first four fences, but he was going a gear quicker.

“He’s in the Sky Bet (Chase, at Doncaster), but whether he’ll go to Cheltenham, I don’t know, as he’s had a leg injury in the past. It’s funny he jumps left but has done more of his winning on right-handed courses, and I’m sure he’ll stay further.”