Ascot Saturday – Stars Clash In Grade 2 Feature

Ascot host a seven-race card on Saturday, including the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.Ascot host a seven-race card on Saturday, including the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.

The Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase Preview 

One of Ascot’s two feature contests this Saturday includes The Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase which has been won in recent years by the likes of Cyrname, Vautour and Al Ferof. Here at RacingTips, we take a look at the likely candidates and provide our selection for one of the feature races this weekend. 

Dashel Drasher 4/1

Garde 1 winner Dashel Drasher will look to kick-off where left off when returning on Saturday to the scene of his biggest career win to date. Victory in February in the Betfair Ascot Chase in February once again showed just how resilient and game the eight-year-old is when seeing off the challenge of Master Tommytucker close home.

Jeremy Scott’s stable star will have to put his unbeaten track record on the line once more and faces some stiff competition on reappearance to maintain that perfect record at the Berkshire course. 

However, many of the other leading protagonists have something to prove on current form and if Dashel Drasher is fit and well after a layoff, he is clearly the one they will all have to beat. 

Master Tomytucker 4/1

Trainer Paul Nichols will hope that his runner master Tommy tucker can turn the tables with Dashel Drasher this time around after finishing runner up in the Betfair Ascot Chase when over this course and distance. 

The ten-year-old has previously beaten Dashel Drasher when winning a Graduation Chase at Haydock back in November 2020. However, Paul Nicholls’ charge has struggled since then and that has been mainly down to his lack of fluency over the larger obstacles. 

A recent spin over hurdles on reappearance at Wetherby will ensure that Master Tommytucker will come to Ascot on Saturday race-fit compared to his likely market rivals. However, he will have to significantly improve his jumping technique if he wants to close the gap on the others. 

Defi Du Seuil 3/1

It will be fascinating to see how Defi Du Seuil gets on in this Grade 2 feature after recent wind surgery. The seven-time Grade 1 winner was a dominating force in the 2m chase division a couple of seasons back but has since struggled to set the world alight on his last three outings. 

Trainer Philip Hobbs has decided to move the eight-year-old up in trip for his reappearance in the hope of finding the spark to reignite his career. The increased test of stamina should not be too much of an issue considering he has form up to 2m4f and won the JLT Novices’ Chase back in 2019 at The Cheltenham Festival.

A preliminary entry in the King George Vi Chase at Kempton over Christmas suggests big things could be expected of Defi Du Seuil this season, however, he has plenty of questions to answer at the moment and Saturday will reveal more as to just how much ability he still retains. 

Lostintranslation 7/2

Another runner with plenty to prove at present is the Colin Tizzard runner Lostintranslation. A winner of the Betfair Chase in 2019 at Haydock and a third-place finish in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup seems many moons ago now for the nine-year-old who has struggled to be competitive on his last four starts.

Connections again have tried tweaking his wind in the offseason and perhaps this is the best time to catch Lostintranslation if he is going to return to winning ways. On his best form and ability, he would win this event but he simply has too much to prove to at present.

RACE VERDICT

The Grade 2 feature promises to be a blockbuster of a contest where plenty of headlines could be made and questions answered come Saturday afternoon. Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation both will have their supporters but DASHEL DRASHER holds obvious claims in current form and will be a tough nut to crack once more.