Saturday Ascot Stars – Names To Note This Weekend

The Ascot Chase headlines the weekend action at Ascot on Saturday.The Ascot Chase headlines the weekend action at Ascot on Saturday.

Grade 2 features and who to look out for 

Ascot’s two feature contests this Saturday include the 1965 Chase which has been won in recent years by the likes of Cyrname, Vautour and Al Ferof. Then all eyes will be on the runners for the Coral Hurdle which promises to be a competitive renewal this year. Here at RacingTips, we have selected a few of the big names to watch out for this Saturday in both feature contests. 

Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase


Not many horses have a 100% strike rate at Ascot but that’s what four-time course winner Dashel Drasher has currently, recently adding three course and distance victories over fences to his novice hurdle victory back in 2019. 

The eight-year-old has been in tremendous form with a stand out performance two starts back when taking the Bet365 Handicap Chase in January. Dashel Drasher put in a game and strong staying performance to see off all challengers.

The step-up into Grade 1 company soon came calling and again he showed great determination and was not for passing in the Betfair Ascot Chase as the eight-year-old landed the biggest prize in his career to date. 

Jeremy Scott will be hoping that his stable star can continue progressing this season.

DEFI DU SEUIL – Philip Hobbs

The seven-time Grade 1 winner was a dominating force in the 2mile division a couple of seasons ago taking notable scalps along the way. However the eight-year-old has looked a shadow of his former self in his most recent outings and many will now question what is next for Defi Du Seuil? 

This season it appears connections have decided to avoid the competitive 2mile races in the hope that a step up in trip can bring about a change in fortune for Defi Du Seuil. The eight-year-old has shown on more than one occasion that he stays further than 2miles when winning the JLT Novices’ Chase back in 2019 at The Cheltenham Festival. 

This will be the furthest trip Defi Du Seuil has encountered on Saturday but trainer Philip Hobbs must be confident he will handle it just fine as he has given the eight-year-old a preliminary entry in the King George Vi Chase at Kempton. He will be a fascinating contender if lining up this weekend.

Coral Hurdle

GOSHEN – Gary Moore 

A true enigma of the NH scene, Goshen will once again look to prove the doubters wrong as he makes his reappearance in the Coral Hurdle.

There is no doubting Goshen’s ability and that on his day he can mix it with the best. However, his most recent starts have indicated that he may have lost his way completely. 

After hanging badly right and losing all chance in the Champion Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival, Goshen was then a well-beaten fifth after being far too keen behind superstar mare Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. With plenty of issues that still need ironing out, Gary Moore has decided to step the five-year-old up in trip.

Goshen will again try and silence the doubters on Saturday and it will be interesting to see if the five-year-old can provide us with another dazzling performance or not.