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The Revenant and Skalleti flew the flag for France in style when both ridden by two-time French champion jockey Pierre Charles-Boudot on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in 2020.
The Revenant landed the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, while the soft-ground loving Skalleti beat all bar Addeybb in the QIPCO Champion Stakes. Skalleti, a five-year-old grey trained by Jerome Reynier, had previously made it 12 wins from 15 races when typically pouncing from off the pace to land the Prix Dollar for the second successive year at Longchamp earlier in the month.
Reynier had said before Champions Day: “I really like my horses to travel and it’s a dream to have a runner at a big event like QIPCO British Champions Day. Although he’s never been abroad before, he’s used to travel as every time he goes from [my yard in] Marseille to Deauville it’s a ten-hour trip each way. And from Chantilly to Ascot is not very far.
“I don’t think the course will be a problem for him as he travels nicely during a race and is pretty easy. He is a very genuine horse and a big fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever had him in better shape, mentally or physically.”
The trainer believes Skalleti benefitted from racing mostly taking place behind closed doors in 2020. He explained: “Mentally he can be a bit hot. We used to use earplugs on him and having no crowd and a quiet environment has been very helpful for him this year.
“He is not just a heavy ground horse, but it slows the others down and he handles it very well. This year he has been competing with the likes of Persian King and beating Sottsass, which shows that he is up to Group 1 standard. His owner [Jean-Claude Seroul] has never won a Group 1 and I really hope to give that gift to him.”
It will not be a surprise if Skalleti delivers that Group 1 win in 2021.