Jerome Reynier has revenge in mind for Skalleti by identifying champion Qipco’s stakes at Ascot in October as the gray’s long-term target.
Skalleti was a finalist against Addeybb last fall in what was the six-year-old’s first attempt in a Group 1 and Kendargent’s gelding made him lucky for the second time with ultimate success in the Prix d ‘ Isfahan at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
Skalleti brought grief to the British pair of Tilsit and My Oberon despite insufficient race distance, unsuitable conditions and the inconvenience of losing a race plate during the race.
“We knew the trip was going to be a bit short and the terrain a bit too firm for him,” said Reynier.
“He was the only horse that came from behind because most of the winners did everything. He did something special because he also lost a shoe entering the home stretch.
“He’s just a real horse and a champion for us. He remains undefeated at Longchamp and remains undefeated at six this year, so it’s very exciting.
“We’re going to give him a break now – he deserves it. Maybe we’ll be back in Deauville in August for the Prix Gontaut-Biron which he won last year beating Sottsass, or maybe we We’ll take another path. We’ll see. how he comes back from this race. We’re going to take it easy with him. “
As for the Ascot Champion Stakes, Reynier said: “We would like to get our revenge that day.
“I’m not sure we’ll be running him two weeks before this race in the Prix Dollar because two big races in two weeks is a lot. We’ll see how he is then.”
Reynier has Group One aspirations for Marianafoot after the six-year-old completed a five-time in Groupe Trois Prix du Palais-Royal on the same card at ParisLongchamp.
“It’s amazing how he’s raced this year. He’s getting better and better. We knew he was perfect and we’re very happy with him,” said Marseille-based Reynier.
“He deserved to win a group race and now we are going for group one in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. That will be his goal for this year.”