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Ground key to The Revenant’s next run

Francis Graffard will be looking for soft ground for The Revenant’s next race following another solid effort on unsuitable conditions.

The Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on May 30 or the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot on June 15 is likely to be the six-year-old’s next port of call if there is enough cut in the ground.

Last season’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner has been burdened with a Group One penalty for both his starts this season, but has not been beaten far despite the going being described as good.

Graffard was pleased with The Revenant’s effort in finishing fourth to Duhail in the Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on Saturday.

“He’s come out of the race well,” said the Chantilly-based trainer.

“He had his Group One penalty and the ground was too fast, but he was in good form and he ran a very good race.

“He’s entered in the Queen Anne and he will be entered in the d’Ispahan, but I think he will be good to have his soft ground wherever he goes.”

The Revenant claims Queen Elizabeth II Stakes gold

The Revenant went one better than 12 months ago with a game display to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Runner-up to King Of Change in 2019, Francis-Henri Graffard’s mud-loving gelding only made his seasonal debut two weeks ago, when winning the Prix Daniel Wildenstein for a second time.

Given a fine ride by Pierre-Charles Boudit, the 5-1 chance held the persistent challenge of the always-prominent Roseman (28-1) by a head in the Group One over the straight mile, sponsored by Qipco.

Palace Pier, the 8-11 favourite, was only third, three and a quarter lengths away, as John Gosden’s dual Group One winner was beaten for the first time in six starts. He also lost a shoe in the race.

Gosden said: “He pulled a shoe off leaving the gate. He was trying to run the whole race with one shoe off and Frankie (Dettori) said he was not able to change leads and the horse wasn’t able to handle the ground.”

Big smiles from Pierre-Charles Boudot
Big smiles from Pierre-Charles Boudot (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

A delighted Boudot said of the winner: “Today I was very confident with his trainer and the horse did it well on the track.

“He loved the ground and the trip has been perfect behind Circus Maximus. My horse was very relaxed behind him and when I asked him, he gave me a nice and long turn of foot. He has been courageous on the last furlong.

“[He is a] super tough horse. His preparation has been good with the Daniel Wildenstein. He’s courageous and he is just good.”