The Revenant went one better than 12 months ago with a game display to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
The Revenant and Pierre-Charles Boudot fly home in The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO ?? pic.twitter.com/m06hy3z9E4— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) October 17, 2020
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 Boudot, the 5/1 chance held the persistent challenge of the always-prominent Roseman (28/1) by a head in the Group 1 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 1 winner was beaten for the first time in six starts. He also lost a shoe in the race.
The winner is a five-year-old by Dubawi and he began his career with trainer Hugo Palmer.