Francis-Henri Graffard has Verified The Revenant on course for a tilt in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Trained in Britain from Hugo Palmer, Dubawis son has won eight of his 10 starts to date – making a career-best operation when running out a hugely impressive winner of the Group Two Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp in the weekend.
Graffard feels his charge would love testing requirements to predominate on British Champions Day and has earned a step up into the highest level.
I was very pleased with him on Saturday – we couldnt have wished for a better result, explained the French handler.
The atmosphere that he was offering me in the mornings was that hes still improving and his jockey (Pierre-Charles Boudot) got the identical feeling from the afternoon.
If the path to Ascot is eloquent, then he will be there. The softer the ground the better for him
Graffard is under no illusions about the task awaiting his bill October 19, with Saeed bin Suroors Benbatl along with the Aidan OBrien-trained Circus Maximus one of his competitors.
He added:We will go to Ascot with a lot of humility as it is a Group One race and theyre always very demanding, but I think he deserves to be there.
We know he enjoys soft earth – we know he will swim! If the ground is soft at Ascot that would suit him better than some of his rivals.
Graffard revealed plans will be up in the atmosphere because of his Royal Ascot heroine Watch Me.
The Glory filly was a surprise winner of the Coronation Stakes in June, but has proved that campaign has been 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 return to her owners to get a rest, explained Graffard.
Theyll pick at a later date whether she will return next year or be retired. She is definitely completed for this season.
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