Francis-Henri Graffard has confirmed The Revenant on course for a tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.
Trained from Hugo Palmer in Britain, the son of Dubawi has won eight of his 10 starts – making a performance when running out a hugely impressive winner of the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp in the weekend.
Graffard feels his charge has earned a measure up into the maximum degree and would love testing requirements to predominate on British Champions Day.
I was very delighted with him Saturday – we could not have wished for a better result, stated the French handler.
The atmosphere that he was offering me in the evenings was that hes still improving and his jockey (Pierre-Charles Boudot) got the identical feeling in the afternoon.
If the road to Ascot is smooth, then he will be there. The softer the floor the better for him
Graffard is under no illusions about the task awaiting his bill October 19, with the Aidan OBrien-trained Circus Maximus among his potential competitors and Saeed bin Suroors Benbatl.
He added:We could visit Ascot with a lot of humility because its a Group One race and they are always very demanding, but I think that he deserves to be there.
We understand he likes soft earth – we know he can swim! If the floor is soft at Ascot that may fit him better than a few of his competitors.
Graffard revealed future plans are up in the air for his Royal Ascot heroine Watch Me.
The Olympic Glory filly was a surprise winner of the Coronation Stakes in June, but also has demonstrated that effort has been no fluke – finishing a fourth in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.
She ran an excellent race on Sunday and she is now going back to her owners to get a rest, said Graffard.
They will decide at a later date whether shell come back next year or be retired. Shes definitely finished for this year.
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