QEII Stakes: Ascot defence in frame for The Revenant but Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp next

The Revenant has been beaten on both starts at Saint-Cloud this season and is set to skip Deauville on Sunday for a return to the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Arc weekend; Francis-Henri Graffard's six-year-old could then try to defend his QEII title at Ascot

French raider The Revenant wins the QEII at Ascot last year
Image: French raider The Revenant wins the QEII at Ascot last year

The Revenant could bid for a record-breaking third Prix Daniel Wildenstein victory, while a Queen Elizabeth II Stakes title defence is also under consideration.

Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard had the gelding entered in the Group Three Prix Quincey at Deauville on Sunday, but the conditions are unlikely to be suitable for the soft-ground specialist and he has not been declared.

The six-year-old has run twice this season, finishing third and fourth in the Group Three Prix Edmond Blanc and the Group Two Prix du Muguet respectively.

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A run in ParisLongchamp's one-mile Prix Daniel Wildenstein is next on the agenda, a race the chestnut won by four and half lengths in 2019 and before following up by a length and a quarter last year.

A shot at a third victory is on the horizon come the first day of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting on October 2, a feat that would make The Revenant the most successful horse in the 139-year history of the race.

"He's OK, all is well with him," said Graffard.

"He won't be running over the weekend because the ground is not soft enough for him.

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"We will probably come back and run on Arc weekend (in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein) like last year - the softer the better so we'll keep our fingers crossed."

The Revenant has ended his two previous seasons with a run in the QEII, finishing second to King Of Change in 2019 and then going one better when winning the race by a head in 2020 - with Palace Pier back in third.

A return to Berkshire would feature highly in Graffard's late-season plans should he fare well following his bid for a Longchamp treble.

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"Of course it would be great," he said of the prospect.

"We will see how he is when he comes back from the Prix Wildenstein and then we will decide."

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