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Dashel Drasher continued his ascent up the Jump racing pecking order with a brilliant performance to land the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase and provide a special success for his connections.
Trained by Jeremy Scott and bred by his wife Camilla, the eight-year-old had already won twice over course-and-distance this season and continued his rapid progression to take this prestigious prize under Matt Griffiths. It was a first Grade 1 success for the jockey who also broke the horse in as a youngster.
It was a race of changing fortunes throughout as favourite Cyrname looked to be jumping with all his brilliant best from the off but as they headed out of Swinley Bottom for the second time he faded from contention with Bennys King and Dashel Drasher taking it up.
All the while Master Tommytucker was ominously stalking the leaders under Daryl Jacob but as they swung for home Matt Griffiths kicked on with Dashel Drasher and despite a scruffy jump at the last he saw it out best to claim victory.
It was just a second top-level winner for trainer Scott and there could be more to come with Dashel Drasher now likely to have some of the big spring targets on his radar.
Pipe and Scudamore master the Reynoldstown again
Remastered made it a perfect three from three over fences with victory in the Grade 2 Bateaux London Reynoldstown Novices' Chase under a superb ride from Tom Scudamore. Having virtually made all the running, Remastered jumped well throughout and produced a spring-heeled leap at the last to see off the challenge of Demachine.
David Pipe’s eight-year-old holds entries in both the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase and the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with either looking realistic targets for this exciting stayer.
Easy as 1-2-3 for Skeltons
Elsewhere on the card it was a red-letter day for the Skeltons as jockey-trainer combo Harry and Dan teamed up for a treble. They started with the opening greatbritishstallionshowcase.co.uk Novices' Hurdle with the well-supported Midnight River getting the better of Gallyhill. It was a smart performance from the winner, confirming the promise he had shown so far in his fledging career.
The "My Oddsboost" On Betfair Swinley Chase went the way of Captain Chaos who just held on from the fast-finishing Regal Encore in a thrilling finish. Captain Chaos saw off long-time challenger Cobolobo and seemingly had control of the race with two to jump but Ascot-specialist Regal Encore had other ideas and was closing with every yard up the straight but the line came just in time for Captain Chaos who was recording a first Ascot success.
The Skelton treble was completed by Shannon Bridge, winner of the Betfair Cheltenham Free Bet Pot Builder Handicap Hurdle who put up another bold showing from the front. He saw off the challenge of 80/1 outsider Thibault in second with the joint-favourite Arrivederci in third.
Best of the rest
The Ascot Racecourse Supports Berkshire Vision Handicap Hurdle went to J’Ai Froid under Max Kendrick for trainer Laura Morgan who continued her rich-vein of form. The concluding Dingley's Promise British EBF Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race was won by Lucy Wadham with Code Name Lise who confirmed the promise of her debut second with a nice performance under Richard Johnson.