One of the most exciting horses going into the new season, Dashel Drasher was a revolution over fences last season for Jeremy Scott winning three of his four starts, including the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase win in February, winning very well indeed by 2 lengths.
He was brilliant to watch that day, just sitting in behind tracking the leaders before taking the lead at the 13th fence to then run home the winner, after slightly idling up the run in, he does however look a difficult ride for young Rex Dingle who takes the reins on Saturday.
He opposes with two rivals from that race today (Master Tommytucker and Bennys King, who he has to give 6lb away to) but they are both coming off poor runs last time out (Master Tommytucker finished 5th in the Bet365 Hurdle and Bennys King pulled up at Ascot over 3m).
The only slight concerns with Dashel Drasher are he doesn’t tend to win on the first run of the season, with form figures of 323 for the first runs, and tackling a Grade 2 race against race fit horses might catch him out, and he looks a difficult horse to ride, can jump out and can be keen.
But there’s no doubting his talent and his love affair for Ascot (3 runs and 3 wins at track last season) If he is fit and ready to go, he could be hard to beat in this.
Ground could be against him (Won on soft or heavy last season) but he loves Ascot and is a Grade 1 winning chaser, one to beat if ready to go.