Francis-Henri Graffard has Verified The Revenant on Track for a tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.
Trained in Britain from Hugo Palmer, the son of Dubawi has won eight of his 10 starts thus far – making a operation when running out an extremely impressive winner of the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp at the weekend.
Graffard believes his charge would love examining conditions to prevail British Champions Day and has got a step up to the level.
I was very delighted with him on Saturday – we couldnt have wished for a better result, stated the French handler.
The atmosphere that he had been offering me in the evenings was that he is still advancing his jockey (Pierre-Charles Boudot) got the identical feeling in the day.
If the path to Ascot is smooth, then hell be there. The softer the ground the better for him.
Graffard is under no illusions about the job awaiting his charge October 19, with Saeed bin Suroors Benbatl along with the Aidan OBrien-trained Circus Maximus one of his possible competitors.
He added:We shall go to Ascot with a great deal of humility as it is a Group One race and theyre always very tough, but I think that he deserves to be there.
We understand he enjoys soft ground – we know he can swim! If the ground is soft at Ascot that could suit him better than a few of his rivals.
Graffard revealed future plans will be up in the atmosphere for his Royal Ascot heroine Watch Me.
The Olympic Glory filly was a surprise winner of the Coronation Stakes in June, but has established that campaign was no fluke – ending a fourth in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August prior to placing a close third in the Prix de lOpera.
She ran a very good race on Sunday and shes now going back to her owners to get a break, explained Graffard.
They will decide at a later date whether shell return next season or be retired. She is definitely finished for this year.
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