Jeremy Scott was surprised by the reaction to Dashel Drasher’s success at the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday.
Giving Scott a first Grade 1 victory since Melodic Rendezvous in the 2013 Tolworth Hurdle, the eight-year-old continued his strong upward curve, winning his third consecutive race – all at Ascot.
It remains to be seen whether he will race again this season, however, with Scott considering the Ryanair Chase in Cheltenham and the Bowl in Aintree.
“He came out of the race really well,” Scott said.
“Originally, I wasn’t very keen on racing him again as he had three tough races in a row.
“We’re going to watch Cheltenham, but I think it’s unlikely, maybe Aintree, but it’s really a question of how he’s doing.
“It’s very exciting, but when I looked through, there are really very few options. There is a possibility for Aintree, but he should probably walk three miles there. obviously there’s the two-and-a-half-mile run, but on probably faster terrain and a tighter track, it might be too sharp for him.
“Everything will depend a lot on the terrain, I wouldn’t want to run it on fast terrain.
Looking back on the weekend, the Somerset-based coach said: “Up to a point I think we were lucky to find ourselves in a race with one that has been rated infinitely more high (Cyrname) than the rest of us, who were all pretty similar.
“The response has been absolutely amazing. People love horses like him who always pull a little harder out of the bag. They really catch them, that’s lovely.”