Francis-Henri Graffard has confirmed The Revenant on course for a tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.
Previously trained from Hugo Palmer in Britain, Dubawis son has won eight of his 10 starts – making a performance when running an extremely impressive winner of the Group Two out Prix Daniel Wildenstein in ParisLongchamp during the weekend.
Graffard believes his bill has earned a measure up to the highest degree and would love testing conditions to predominate British Champions Day.
I was quite happy with him Saturday – we could not have wished for better results, stated the French handler.
The atmosphere that he was offering me in the mornings was that he is still improving his jockey (Pierre-Charles Boudot) got the exact same feeling in the day.
If the road to Ascot is smooth, then hell be there. The softer the floor the better for him.
Graffard is under no illusions about the task awaiting his bill on October 19, with the Benbatl along with the Aidan OBrien-trained Circus Maximus one of his rivals of Saeed bin Suroor.
He added:We can go to Ascot with a great deal of humility as it is a Group One race and they are always very tough, but I think he deserves to be there.
We understand he enjoys soft earth – we know he could swim! If the ground is soft at Ascot that would fit him better than a few of his rivals.
Graffard revealed plans are coming 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 also has proved that campaign was no fluke – finishing a fourth in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.
She ran a very good race on Sunday and shes now return to her owners for a rest, said Graffard.
They will decide at a later date whether she will return next season or be retired. She is definitely completed for this season.