The Revenant is gearing up for a potential trip to Royal Ascot next month in the Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
The stable Francis-Henri Graffard star has already made two Ascot appearances – finishing second in the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes before returning to the Berkshire circuit to do better on Champions Day in October.
The six-year-old has been beaten in his first two starts this season, but Graffard is hoping for an improvement in performance when he returns to Group 1 this weekend ahead of a possible tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes on June 15.
He said: “He’s in good shape. Nine stadiums is a step forward for him.
“The other night the ground was very sticky. I hope he doesn’t dry out too much – I hope the ground won’t be too firm for him.
“The sweeter he is, the better for him, so we’ll see.
“He’s in great shape and very happy. It’s (Queen Anne) an option if the pitch lends itself.”
Just over half an hour after The Revenant clinched the QEII, Skalleti finished second for France in the Qipco Champion Stakes – finding only Addeybb, coached by William Haggas, too strong.
Skalleti returned with back-to-back wins this spring and coach Jerome Reynier is hoping he can complete his hat-trick.
“We’re pretty happy with him. He won the Prix Exbury very well and was back in Paris to win the Prix d’Harcourt,” he said.
“We thought running him in the Ganay a few weeks later was probably too much, so we were nice to him and decided to go straight to the Isfahan with a bit of a chill.
“The distance is short and the ground will be firm for him, but we can’t really expect much softer ground at this time of year.
“The race that would have been the best for him is the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, but logistically it was impossible to transport the horse to Ireland with the staff and everything, so we decided to stay home and hope for the best Sunday. “
Reynier is already looking forward to a return to Ascot in October, adding: “If we can win a Group 1 this year it would be the Champion Stakes back to Ascot at the end of the year on soft ground.
“We don’t know if we will be attempting the Prix Dollar this year. There are only two weeks left until Ascot so it is difficult preparation for the horse.
“His target for 2021 is definitely the Champion Stakes – we’ll try to get revenge on Addeybb.”
Andre Fabre saddles Victor Ludorum, double winner of Group 1, while British hopes are carried by Tilsit, coached by Charlie Hills, and My Oberon by William Haggas.
Wally (Jean-Claude Rouget) and Writer (Carlos Laffon-Parias) complete the peloton.