WINNER OF THE 2020 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, The Revenant could be in line for another trip to Britain after racking up a second success of the season in Saturday’s Group 3 Prix Edmond Blanc, over 1600m on soft ground at Saint-Cloud. Christophe Soumillon sat well back from a searing early pace set by Sibila Spain but as the race began to unwind in the straight, Al Asayl’s homebred 7yo Dubawi gelding stretched clear in fine style to add to his success in the same race three years ago.
According to trainer Francis Graffard, the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury is on his agenda with the race an intended target, with the Prix d’Ispahan the alternative. “He was still a long way back turning into the home straight but he picked up really well,” said Graffard. “He made a terrific comeback the other day and I’m very satisfied again with this performance.
“The 1900m distance of the Prix d’Ispahan would not present a problem for him but we have also entered him in the 1600m Lockinge and as everyone can see, on soft or heavy ground he’s a very difficult horse to beat. “The ground isn’t the only determining factor but if he’s in this sort of form, I certainly would not be afraid to go to England.”
Earlier on the card, Agave produced another impressive performance in the 2100m Group 3 Prix Penelope to make it three wins from as many starts, with trainer Andre Fabre admitting he and Juddmonte will give serious consideration to an entry in the Oaks at Epsom, with a decision needing to be made this week.
While the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary is foremost in Fabre’s mind, after the homebred 3yo daughter of Dubawi ran out a comfortable victrix over Queen Trezy, Agave’s pedigree and the presence of the highly rated Raclette in the same ownership means the Oaks could come into calculations. Agave is out of Contribution, a Champs Elysees half-sister to none other than 2017 Oaks heroine Enable.
“I think she will probably wait for the Prix Saint-Alary now,” said Fabre, who added of Epsom: “It’s a question that I have been thinking about. You can see she stays well and the family has the credentials for it.” Raclette is also unbeaten after two starts last year and holds entries for both the Prix Vanteaux on 10 April and the Prix de la Grotte a week later.