Betfair Chase…what the trainers say
The feature race today is the Betfair Chase at Ascot. Andy Jones will be running the numbers over that and giving you his verdict.
Let’s take a look at what the trainers have to say about their charges in Ascot’s Grade 1 showpiece…
Joseph O’Brien on Fakir D’Oudaries:
“Fakir D’Oudairies is good and we feel the Betfair Ascot Chase is a good opportunity for him to be competitive in Grade 1 company.
“(He) is a Grade 1 winner and, when you are meeting those Grade 1 horses, you bump into the best of the best every time.
“He has been a fantastic servant for us over the last few years and every year he has performed at the top level.
“It would be fantastic to give JP (McManus) his first win in this race. It is great to be taking part and have a horse of this caliber that means we can go to a race like this with a live chance. It would be very special if he could manage to win it.”
Paul Nicholls on Saint Calvados (Courtesy of Betfair):
“He ran a fine race on his debut for us in the King George at Kempton where he got involved at the sharp end sooner than ideal, led four from home and paid the price late on as he got tired. I also felt he just needed the race that day and would improve for it.
“A reproduction of that ran over this shorter trip should see Saint Calvados being very competitive at Ascot on soft ground that he seems to enjoy.”
Nicky Henderson on Mister Fisher (courtesy of Unibet):
“I was very impressed with him in a Grade 2 at Kempton last time and he has been in fantastic form at home since then.
“He may not be a proper Grade One horse but he is still very, very good and 2m5f around here, where he’s never raced before, look ideal and when conditions suit he can be deadly. But I am worried about the ground because he wouldn’t want it much softer and while he has proven he can handle cut, he’s much better on top of the ground.”
Charlie Deutsch (rider) on Fanion Destruval (courtesy of Racing Post)
“It’s a good race, but an open one, so we’ll give it a good go. He’s very good and he was young last year. He was given some big tests and may have lost his way a bit, but he’s back on track and hopefully he can show how talented he is. Ascot’s a unique course and he takes a lot of jumping down the back, so his solid course form of it is another positive.
Joe Tizzard (assistant) on Lostintranslation (Courtesy of Coral)
“Having won well here first time up this season, we’re looking for him to bounce back to that form after a funny run in the King George – a few horses disappointed that day, including this fellow.
“He looks in great shape at home, we know this trip will suit him, and while it’s a wide open looking Grade One, I don’t think there’s a stand out performer to be scared of.
“We’d be hopeful of a big run, and then he’s another we can talk about big spring targets for.”
Jeremy Scott on Draxel Drasher:
“Dashel Drasher seemed to love Ascot last year. I think on paper this year’s race looks much more competitive. Fortunately, the rain has come and the more rain the better I would say.
“Dashel Drasher is such a tenacious horse and I think that is what captures people’s imagination or admiration.”
Christian Williams on Waiting Patiently: (courtesy of Yorkshire Post):
“It’s a tough race, but it will be nice to get back on the track with him. He appreciates soft ground and he’s run well round the track before, so fingers crossed for a nice run.
“Nothing really came to light after Haydock. He’s probably a tough horse to get in tip-top form at his age, but he seems well at home and it’s a privilege to have a horse in these type of races.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.