The Andre Fabre-trained colt, by US Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharaoh, is set to run in the Prix La Force at ParisLongchamp on Thursday.
That race has already been mentioned as a possible target for Pascal Bary’s highly regarded Ketil, who beat Ocean Atlantique on their debuts in an above-average maiden at Saint-Cloud in September.
Boudot though appears untroubled by the possibility of an early rematch with the Niarchos family-owned rival, who would need to be ‘supplemented’ on Monday for a Group 3 race that is seen primarily as a stepping-stone to the Prix Du Jockey Club.
“Ocean Atlantique impressed me that day in finishing second and he went back to Saint-Cloud to win a similar event by eight lengths in October.
“He’s a calm, athletic horse who has proved himself on both good and heavy ground. He’s open to plenty of improvement and I’m excited about what he might achieve this season.”
Skalleti, a five-year-old who has won the last nine of his ten starts - including the Prix Dollar on Arc day and the following month’s Premio Roma - is another horse the dual French champion can’t wait to be reunited with this month.
He said of the Jerome Reynier-trained grey: “We still don’t know his limit and it’s quite possible he will improve again this year. He’s entered in the Prix D’Harcourt on Monday but may go instead for the Prix Bertrand Du Breuil at Chantilly a week later.”
Looking further ahead, Boudot is keen to see how last year’s French Guineas winner Persian King recovers from a long layoff following his second to Sottsass in the Prix Du Jockey Club.
The colt, who beat subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia as a two-year-old in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket, is back in work at Fabre’s yard, where the jockey has been riding out regularly during the coronavirus shutdown.
“I’m not aware of any particular targets right now but he remains a top-class prospect - a lovely, big horse with the scope to progress at four,” enthused Boudot, adding that his Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me (trained by Francis-Henry Graffard) would most likely have the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville as a long-term aim.
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