The Revenant warms up for a possible journey to Royal Ascot subsequent month within the Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
Francis-Henri Graffard’s secure star has made two earlier appearances at Ascot – ending second within the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes earlier than returning to the Berkshire circuit to go one higher on Champions Day in October.
The six-year-old has been crushed in his first two begins of this season, however Graffard is hoping for an improved efficiency on his return to Group One degree this weekend forward of a doable tilt on the Queen Anne Stakes on June 15.
He mentioned: “He is in good condition. 9 furlongs is a step up in journey for him.
“The bottom the opposite night was very sticky. Hopefully it doesn’t dry an excessive amount of – I hope the bottom is not going to be too agency for him.
“The softer the higher for him, so we’ll see.
“He is in excellent kind and really joyful. That (Queen Anne) is an choice if the bottom is appropriate.”
Simply over half an hour after The Revenant landed the QEII, Skalleti completed second for France within the Qipco Champion Stakes – discovering solely the William Haggas-trained Addeybb too sturdy.
Skalleti has returned with back-to-back victories this spring and coach Jerome Reynier is hoping he can full his hat-trick.
“We’re fairly pleased with him. He received the Prix Exbury very nicely and was again in Paris to win the Prix d’Harcourt,” he mentioned.
“We felt working him within the Ganay a number of weeks later was most likely an excessive amount of, so we have been variety on him and determined we might go straight to the d’Ispahan with a little bit of freshness.
“The gap is on the quick facet and the bottom will likely be on the agency facet for him, however we won’t actually anticipate a lot softer floor at the moment of the yr.
“The race that will have been greatest for him is the Tattersalls Gold Cup on the Curragh, however logistically it was not possible to journey the horse to Eire with the employees and every thing, so we determined we might keep at house and we’re hoping for the perfect on Sunday.”
Reynier is already wanting ahead to a return to Ascot in October, including: “If we are able to win one Group One this yr, it might be the Champion Stakes again in Ascot on the finish of the yr on tender floor.
“We’re undecided if we’ll go for the Prix Greenback this yr. It is solely two weeks earlier than Ascot, so it is a robust prep for the horse.
“His goal for 2021 is certainly the Champion Stakes – we’ll attempt to get our revenge on Addeybb.”
Andre Fabre saddles twin Group One winner Victor Ludorum, whereas British hopes are carried by the Charlie Hills-trained Tilsit and William Haggas’ My Oberon.
Wally (Jean-Claude Rouget) and Ecrivain (Carlos Laffon-Parias) full the sector.