Queen Elizabeth II Stakes report: The Revenant goes one better

The Revenant battles to victory in the QEII

The Revenant went one better than last year when landing the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Francis-Henri Graffard's charge was always travelling well under Pierre-Charles Boudot, shadowing the front-running Roseman (28/1).

It was a race dominated by that pair for all 8/11 favourite Palace Pier looked a threat when making a big mid-race move.

However he lost his near-fore shoe and changed legs inside the final furlong and it was clear he wasn't making any further progress.

In contrast The Revenant and the rallying Roseman hit the line hard, the French raider prevailing by a neck.

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A delighted Boudot said: “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."

Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates on The Revenant

Gosden said of Palace Pier: “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.”

Dettori added: “You can’t go a mile with just one leg, you have to use both and I tried to get him to change. Very unlike him. Obviously you can’t win a race with three wheels, you need all four.”

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