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Real World to switch up in class after Ascot success

Impressive Royal Hunt Cup winner Real World is to be stepped up in class following his Ascot romp.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the four-year-old was having just his sixth start – and first over a mile – in one of the most competitive handicaps of the season.

However, ridden confidently by leading apprentice Marco Ghiani, sponsored by geegeez.co.uk, Real World was prominent on the far side throughout before pulling almost five lengths clear.

“We’ll keep the options open for him. Maybe we’ll take him to Newbury for a Listed or a Group race,” said Bin Suroor.

“He’s a nice horse, definitely one for the future. He’s come back good, happy and fresh.

“Not many win the Hunt Cup by five lengths, he’s a class horse and the way he finished his race bodes well for the future. Also I want to mention the jockey, Marco, he gave him a good ride.

“That was his first race over a mile, we know he stays further, so races over a mile or a mile and a quarter are fine.”

Bin Suroor fancied his chances of a second winner at the meeting with Stunning Beauty in the Kensington Palace Stakes – but the stalls opened before Silvestre de Sousa could take her blindfold off.

“You could hear Silvestre saying he wasn’t ready, but she got left,” said the trainer.

“It’s happened, accidents happen in racing. She’s back, she’ll have a stalls test and will be fine. We’ll have to see what the BHA say about it.

“She was third-favourite, she had a good chance. We’ll look for a nice race for her now.”

Stable stalwart Benbatl is back in training with an end-of-season campaign mooted, as is the promising Military March, who had been briefly one of the favourites for last year’s Derby having finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas.

Benbatl has been a grand servant for Godolphin
Benbatl has been a grand servant for Godolphin (Nigel French/PA)

Benbatl has been absent since September and was favourite for the Dubai World Cup before it was announced he would not be heading to Meydan.

“Benbatl is good, he’s in full training, in good condition and looks really well,” said Bin Suroor.

“So far, if all goes to plan, he might be back by the end of August.

“We’ll see if we end up travelling with him after he has had a run or two in Europe, then we’ll decide. The Summer Mile might be an option.

“Military March is also back in full training, but it might be September time before he is back in a race. Meydan will be his aim after he’s had one or two races here first.”

Bin Suroor sets sights on Dubai campaign for Stunning Beauty

Saeed bin Suroor’s Stunning Beauty will not be see again until she runs at the Dubai Carnival.

Unraced at two, the Shamardal filly created a favourable impression when winning on her debut at Newmarket’s July meeting.

She then went to Leicester and landed prohibitive odds with the minimum of fuss, but rather than target a Group race before the season is out, Bin Suroor would rather give her more time to develop.

“We’ve decided we’re going to keep her for Dubai, we like to have some top horses for Dubai,” he said.

“She’s been doing well since Leicester, she came back well, but she’s one for next year really.

“We want to take her to Dubai and then bring her back to the UK and target some nice races.”

Bin Suroor was dealt a cruel blow earlier in the season when Military March had to miss the Derby with a setback, having finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas.

“Military March will go to Dubai, but he will have one more race here first, he’s in full training,” said the Godolphin trainer.

“We’ll find a race for him somewhere soon before he goes out to Dubai.

Military March won the Autumn Stakes last season
Military March won the Autumn Stakes last season (Tim Goode/PA)

“He won’t have a penalty, so we’ll be looking for a Listed or a Group Three for him and anything over 10 furlongs or a mile and a half will be fine.

“I’ve always thought a mile and a half would be for him, but he has the speed for a mile and a quarter. We know he’s a very nice horse.

“I don’t know what the Carnival will look like this year (because of the coronavirus pandemic). They normally send the race programme out at the end of this month, then we’ll see the races.

“We start to put a team together in October, when the season here is finished. Anything over 90-plus we start thinking of it. If they are rated less, they wouldn’t be competitive.”