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O’Meara looking forward to more Dubai sparkle from Lord Glitters

David O’Meara is looking forward to seeing his globetrotting star Lord Glitters kick off another campaign in Dubai in the Al Rashidiya at Meydan on Friday.

The popular grey won the Singspiel Stakes on this card 12 months ago before going on to finish third in the Al Rashidiya three weeks later, but this year the two Group Two contests have switched places.

Lord Glitters went on to break his Group One duck in the Jebel Hatta and was last seen taking his career earning past the £2million barrier by claiming the Bahrain International Trophy in November.

O’Meara reports his stable stalwart to be in rude health ahead of his latest bid for big-race honours on the international stage.

He said: “He’s in good form and has obviously had a good winter so far after winning over in Bahrain.

“We came back from Bahrain and then left for Dubai in the first week in January.

“He seemed to get on very well in Dubai last year. He won the Singspiel and was third in this race under a penalty and then won the Jebel Hatta. Hopefully he can do something similar this year.”

Lord Glitters is set to face 10 rivals in the nine-furlong contest, five of which will carry the royal blue colours of Godolphin.

Charlie Appleby saddles Art Du Val, Highland Avenue and Royal Fleet, while Saeed bin Suroor is represented by last season’s Cambridgeshire hero Bedouin’s Story and Desert Fire.

Highland Avenue winning Newmarket's Feilden Stakes
Highland Avenue winning Newmarket’s Feilden Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“Art Du Val proved a consistent horse in Dubai last year and we gave him the summer off with another season at the Carnival in mind. He goes into this race in good order and will be very competitive if he brings his A-game,” Appleby told the Godolphin website.

“Highland Avenue started his three-year-old career in good form, but was disappointing on his two most recent starts. He has been gelded since and we are looking to rekindle some of his old spark.

“Royal Fleet has progressed through the handicap ranks and we are testing the water at this level. We feel that stepping up to nine furlongs could potentially produce more improvement.”

Bin Suroor said: “Bedouin’s Story continued to show some very strong form in the UK last year, winning the Cambridgeshire and finishing second in the Group Three Darley Stakes. He has been doing well out in Dubai and this looks a good starting point for his year.

“Desert Fire always seems to run his best races as a fresh horse. He looks to be in good condition and has run well over this distance in the past.”

The Godolphin team are unsurprisingly well represented across the card, with Appleby’s Albahr the likely star attraction in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.

The Dubawi gelding won four of his five starts as a juvenile – with his Grade One victory at Woodbine in September his most recent start after being withdrawn at the start in the Breeders’ Cup.

The Moulton Paddocks handler runs Wolverhampton winner Silent Speech in the opening Dubai Trophy and Haydock novice scorer New Kingdom in the Jumeirah Derby Trial.

In the latter contest, Bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori team up with Island Falcon, who was last seen recording a narrow verdict at Nottingham in the autumn.

Both trainers also possess strong hands in the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort, with Appleby running La Barrosa and Naval Crown and Bin Suroor declaring Land Of Legends and Storm Damage.

“Naval Crown showed good, solid form as a three-year-old and has enjoyed a nice break ahead of the Carnival. He looks great and will be very competitive if he runs up to his best form,” said Appleby.

“We were pleased with La Barrosa’s first start of the winter earlier this month and he has definitely come forward for the outing. We feel that dropping back to seven furlongs is going to suit, although he needs to overcome his wide draw in stall 12.”

Bin Suroor added: “Land Of Legends has been improving with every piece of work. He won this race on his first start of the year in 2021 and we are hoping for another good effort.

“Storm Damage ran well in the UK last season and I have been pleased with him out in Dubai. This distance will suit and he should run well.”

Doug Watson appears to hold the key to the Group Three Dubawi Stakes, with stablemates Al Tariq and Canvassed the top-rated pair.

In the concluding Aliya conditions race, meanwhile, all eyes will be on Appleby’s Rebel Romance, who makes his first competitive appearance since winning the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night last year.

Dubai run first for Real World before Saudi Cup assignment

Saeed bin Suroor is keen to give Real World a run on turf at the Dubai Carnival before he heads for the Saudi Cup.

Hugely progressive last year, the five-year-old won the Royal Hunt Cup under a jubilant Marco Ghiani and went on to land a Listed race at Newbury, the Strensall Stakes at York and the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Arc weekend.

Bin Suroor now has his sights fixed on the most valuable race in the world and has no qualms that it takes place on dirt.

Former stable star Benbatl went close in the inaugural running two years ago when third to Maximum Security, and the race now carries Group One status.

“He worked today and he worked really well, he’s in good order and I’m very happy with him,” said Bin Suroor on Thursday.

“The target with him is to take him to Saudi, but I would like to give him a race first at the end of this month.

“I will judge him when he works next week and see when I think he is ready for a race and then we’ll make a plan.

“We don’t need to run him on dirt before Saudi, I’ll run him on turf, we’ll go back on dirt in the Saudi Cup.”

He went on: “Benbatl was as good on dirt and turf. People keep saying Real World didn’t win on dirt this time last year, but he wasn’t the same horse then that he is now. He’s changed so much physically.

“Last year he was quite weak. He had a few races on dirt and I know he didn’t win, but he ran well, you couldn’t say he didn’t like dirt – he just wasn’t as good then as he is now.

“When we took him back to Newmarket he grew and became a better horse, it’s as simple as that.

“That is why I want to run him on turf first, to get him ready for the Saudi Cup.”

Benbatl retires after stellar career

Benbatl – a stalwart of the Saeed bin Suroor stable – has been retired to take up stallion duties in Japan.

The winner of 11 of his 25 starts over five years in training, the Dubawi seven-year-old won three Group Ones on three different continents – the Dubai Turf at Meydan, the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in Munich and the Ladbrokes Stakes in Australia.

A host of other top-class efforts adorn his CV – including his second to Winx in the Cox Plate and third on dirt to Maximum Security in the inaugural running of the Saudi Cup.

Bin Suroor told the Godolphin website: “Benbatl was a great horse for Godolphin, winning many important races throughout the world including Group One contests in Dubai, Germany and Australia.

“He was the ultimate professional in everything he did, which made him an easy horse to train. Everyone at Godolphin Stables will miss him – but he has a very good pedigree, and we are looking forward to seeing how he performs in his new career.”

Benbatl earned nearly £6million in prize-money in his career, and in September won the Joel Stakes at Newmarket for the second time.

His last run came in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day, when he was ninth to Baaeed.

Saudi Cup an option on Real World’s radar

Real World may have the newly-installed Group One Saudi Cup among his options in the new year.

Saeed bin Suroor’s four-year-old has made giant strides this summer, having gone winless in four races at last year’s Dubai Carnival.

His winning run began in the Royal Hunt Cup, and he has steadily progressed with each outing – winning a Listed race, a Group Three and then a Group Two in France at the weekend, beating The Revenant in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

“It was too soft for him, and he’d never run on ground like that before, but the way he finished was good,” said Bin Suroor, whose stable stalwart Benbatl was third to Maximum Security in the inaugural running of the Saudi race.

“Now he can have a break, because he’s run in some big races so far this year all through the summer.

“We’ll take him back to Dubai and look at some big races for him.

“He’s run on dirt before – he finished second on it – but he was a little bit weak then. With time, he is much better now.

“We’ll see if he’s a horse for the World Cup. We’ll run him on turf first and see what happens – that should put him spot on for his next race and tell us where we go in future.

“There is the Dubai Duty Free on turf (nine furlongs), the World Cup on dirt – and there’s a chance we could take him to Saudi as well.”

Live Your Dream firmly on course for Cesarewitch

A resurgent Saeed bin Suroor has his eyes on claiming the second leg of the ‘Autumn Double’ this weekend with Live Your Dream in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.

The Godolphin trainer won the Cambridgeshire with 40-1 outsider Bedouin’s Story, landed the Group Two Joel Stakes with the evergreen Benbatl and saw his rising star Real World continue his progression in France at the weekend when claiming the Prix Daniel Wildenstein.

Now attention switches closer to home for the Newmarket handler with Live Your Dream, who finished second to Turnpike Trip in the trial for this race last month.

“He worked nicely two days ago and that meant we were happy to run on Saturday,” said Bin Suroor.

“He’s in good form, I’m happy with him and he came out of his last race well so he’s doing good so far.

“The trip is no problem, we know he stays it and he’s shown he’s doing well.

“I think he goes on any ground really, but good ground would be what he would like best of all. I think he’s still improving.”

Looking back on a profitable last few weeks, Bin Suroor added: “The horses are running well – and we’re looking for that to continue for the rest of the season.

“They are doing good, they are in good form, they all still look well and we’ve got some nice races to look forward to.

“It would be nice to do the (autumn) double. We’re looking for another good result this weekend.”

Newmarket victor Benbatl set for QEII date at Ascot

A second tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot is the most likely next objective for Benbatl following his return to winning ways at Newmarket last week.

A Group One winner in Dubai, Germany and Australia, Saeed bin Suroor’s stable stalwart returned from almost a year on the sidelines with a narrow defeat in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last month.

Bidding for his second Joel Stakes success over the Rowley Mile on Friday, Benbatl proved he is no back number with a popular victory and he could now head for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot – provided conditions are suitable.

The seven-year-old disappointed when favourite for the 2019 QEII in heavy ground and Bin Suroor will not make the same mistake again.

“He is in very good form – he has come out of the race very fresh and happy,” said the trainer.

“The plan now is to run him in the QEII, as long as the ground suits him – he doesn’t like soft ground.

“He is entered in the Champion Stakes on Champions Day as well, so we will see.”

If Benbatl does line up at Ascot, it appears unlikely he will head for the Breeders’ Cup two weeks later, while a decision on whether he will return as an eight-year-old in 2022 will not be made until a later date.

Bin Suroor added: “He will have one more race this year and we will see how he runs before we decide about next year.”

Bin Suroor keeps ParisLongchamp options open for Real World

Saeed bin Suroor plans to make a late call on which race Real World will contest at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend.

The Dark Angel colt is unbeaten in three starts in Britain this season – dominating his rivals in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot before impressing in Listed company at Newbury and in the Group Three Strensall Stakes at York.

Bin Suroor had the option of saddling the four-year-old in Friday’s Joel Stakes at Newmarket, but decided to rely on Benbatl – who duly regained his title in that Group Two contest.

Real World will instead line up for either the Prix Daniel Wildenstein or the Prix Dollar on Saturday.

“We have entered him in France in two races – one over a mile (Wildenstein) and one over a mile and a quarter (Dollar),” said the Newmarket trainer.

“They are both Group Twos, and closer to the race we will make a decision.”

Ice-cool Spencer produces Bedouin’s Story to perfection

Bedouin’s Story benefitted from a textbook Jamie Spencer ride to snatch victory in the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Bedouin’s Story was a 40-1 chance after being out of luck since winning in Dubai back in January, but he eventually ran out a clear-cut victor.

The 26 runners split into two groups across the track with Jean Baptiste heading the far side group, while leading fancy Uncle Bryn was among those on the stands rail, along with the eventual winner.

The gambled-on joint-favourite Anmaat looked likely when grabbing the lead a furlong from home – but Spencer was making stealthy progress in behind, picking off his rivals and edging to the lead in sight of the post.

Spencer punched the air in celebration as he came home three-quarters of a length in front of Anmaat, with Ametist finishing third at 22-1, with all three racing up the stands side. Zozimus at 100-1 fared best of those on the far side in fourth.

Bin Suroor said: “We have been running this horse over a mile and he always misses the break. He missed the break in Dubai with Frankie (Dettori), but was still able to win the race.

“I thought running over nine furlongs could help him. I told Jamie to get him to relax and that is his style – it was the right jockey for the right horse.

“I thought he could do something today. He could come back here for the Darley Stakes.”

Spencer said: “I sit beside Frankie (in the weighing room) and he’s ridden him and won on him in Dubai. He just told me to keeping filling him up and if he’s in a good mood he’ll come good at halfway.

“I always felt I was going quite well. Even though Jim (Crowley, on Anmaat) got the jump on me three out, I knew I had loads of horse and it was just a case of if the gap came.

“There was a gap between Frankie and David Probert and if it closed I was cooked, but it stayed open thankfully. All these little things help.”

Benbatl digs deep to regain Joel Stakes title

Benbatl returned to winning form with a gutsy success in the Unibet “You’re On” Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

Saeed bin Suroor’s popular seven-year-old had not got his head in front since winning a Meydan Group Two in February 2020, although he had been limited to just three runs in the intervening period – including when just edged out by Kameko in this mile contest last year.

Partnered by Oisin Murphy, Benbatl was settled in second as Pogo set a testing pace up front, with the front-runner coming up the stands side while Benbatl stayed a little wider in the middle of the track.

Pogo looked to have stolen the advantage at one point. But when Murphy gave the signal, 13-8 chance Benbatl hit top gear to edge in front a furlong out and eventually prevail by three-quarters of a length in a new track record time.

Pogo kept on gamely for second – with 11-8 favourite Master Of The Seas, sporting the first colours of Godolphin while Benbatl was in the second-string silks, staying on for third.

Benbatl, who was winning the race for a second time after also triumphing in 2019, is now 10-1 from 16s for next month’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot with Paddy Power – while the same firm go 12-1 about his Champion Stakes chance and make him a 5-1 shot from 8s for next year’s Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Oisin Murphy celebrates after Benbatl's win
Oisin Murphy celebrates after Benbatl’s win (Mike Egerton/PA)

Murphy hailed Benbatl as “the horse of a lifetime” after winning a seventh race on the Dubawi entire, with the duo’s first success having come in the 2017 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He said: “He’s been a machine for a number of years.

“He gave me my first ever Royal Ascot winner. We’re in 2021 now – four years later – and he’s still winning Group Twos.

“He is the horse of a lifetime. When he won this race in 2019 he ran to a rating of 125.

“He’s one of the best horses I’ve ridden, and I’m thrilled that we’ve got him back on track. They’ve done a super job at the stable to produce him year in, year out.

“Outside of Andrew Balding, Saeed is probably my biggest supporter. Winning these black-type races is what it’s all about.”

Benbatl on his way to victory
Benbatl on his way to victory (Mike Egerton/PA)

Bin Suroor felt Benbatl was unlucky not to win on his seasonal bow in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last month, but was thrilled to see him back in the winner’s enclosure.

He said: “He’s a tough horse that always tries his best. He’s won this race twice now and has won big races in Germany, Australia, Dubai and England.

“He is the horse that is leading the stable. We follow him really! We have had a lot of fun with him.

“He missed the break at Goodwood. I spoke to Oisin immediately after the race and he said ‘if I hadn’t missed the break, I would have won’.

“We’ll keep the options open for him. It could be Champions Day, but we’ll talk to Sheikh Mohammed and make a plan for him.

“It could be the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll see.”

Soft Whisper silences Rosemary Stakes rivals

The once formidable combination of Saeed bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori landed the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day EBF Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket with the returning Soft Whisper.

A dual winner at the Dubai Carnival at Meydan earlier this year, the daughter of Dubawi had been off the track since finishing lame when well fancied for the UAE Derby at the end of March.

Making her return from six months off the track in this one-mile Listed contest, the 13-2 chance travelled strongly and was well on top as she passed the post with a length and three-quarters in hand over Maamora.

Bin Suroor said: “She had a hard time in Dubai, but she has done well physically since then. She has improved and is much better than she was in Dubai.

“She’s a good filly who has always worked well and tries her best. I knew coming here today she had a good chance to win, which is why I booked Frankie to ride.

“She is entered in a Group One in France (Prix de l’Opera), but she is unlikely to run.

“I think it is more likely we will take her back to Dubai for races like the Balanchine.”

Dettori was completing a quickfire double after landing the opening Try Our New Super Boosts At Unibet British EBF Maiden, aboard John and Thady Gosden’s Spinaround (11-8).

Without A Fight led from start to finish in the Play Slingo Startburst At Unibet Godolphin Stakes.

Turning out three weeks after landing a Haydock handicap, Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge travelled well under Andrea Atzeni, who steadily raised the tempo.

Fox Tal loomed up looking a big threat – but not for the first time, did not go through with his challenge, and Without A Fight was almost three lengths to the good at the line.

“He won the last day, which was a nice confidence booster. The quick ground suits him, and a mile and a half seems to be his trip,” said Ed Crisford.

“We’ll have to see how he is and what the ground is like, but we could look at the Group Three St Simon Stakes (at Newbury), and he could be a horse for those mile-and-a-half races in Dubai next year.”

The concluding Unibet Casino Deposit £10 And Get £40 Bonus Handicap went to Chris Wall’s 18-1 shot Turntable, with Callum Shepherd the winning rider.

Benbatl bids to reclaim Joel Stakes

Godolphin stars Benbatl and Master Of The Seas will lock horns in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

Benbatl was a runaway winner of Friday’s Group Two contest in 2019, and finished third behind Kameko when defending his crown 12 months ago.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge was narrowly denied by Lavender’s Blue on his return from almost a year on the sidelines in last month’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood, and bids to get back on the winning trail on his return to the Rowley Mile under Oisin Murphy.

Bin Suroor also had the option of saddling the improving Real World, but he has not been declared.

The biggest threat to Benbatl appears to be the Charlie Appleby-trained Master Of The Seas, to whom he must concede 4lb.

The Dubawi colt won the Craven Stakes over the course and distance in the spring, but has been sidelined by injury since being beaten a short head by Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas in May.

William Knight saddles the ultra-consistent Sir Busker, while Eve Johnson Houghton runs stable stalwart Accidental Agent.

Pogo (Charlie Hills), Queen Supreme (Andrew Balding), Laneqash (Roger Varian) and Perotto (Marcus Tregoning) complete the field.

2000 Guineas runner-up Master Of The Seas is a second Godolphin challenger in the Joel Stakes
2000 Guineas runner-up Master Of The Seas is a second Godolphin challenger in the Joel Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Group Two honours are also up for grabs in the preceding Rockfel Stakes, for which 10 juvenile fillies are set to go to post.

Leading contenders include Balding’s Majestic Glory, who bids to complete a Newmarket hat-trick following successive wins on the July Course – most recently landing the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes.

Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori team up with July Course maiden winner Girl On Film, while Jumbly puts her unbeaten record on the line for Roger Charlton following victories at Leicester and Kempton.

George Boughey’s Oscula is also in the mix.

Beckett’s Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Albaflora sets a lofty standard in the Group Three Princess Royal Stakes.

Her rivals include Forbearance from the red-hot stable of Jessica Harrington, Hugo Palmer’s Golden Pass and Appleby’s Sayyida.

Master Of The Seas heads Godolphin possibles for Joel Stakes

Master Of The Seas, Benbatl and Real World give the Godolphin team a strong hand in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Winner of the Craven Stakes over the course and distance in the spring, the Charlie Appleby-trained Master Of The Seas could make his first competitive appearance since filling the runner-up spot in the 2000 Guineas.

The Dubawi colt was beaten just a short head by Poetic Flare in the Rowley Mile Classic – and while he has missed much of the season through injury, he appears to be closing in on a comeback.

Saeed bin Suroor has the choice of saddling Benbatl and/or Real World.

Benbatl would be running in the Group Two contest for a third time, having won impressively in 2019 and finished third behind Guineas hero Kameko in last year’s renewal.

The seven-year-old can be expected to improve from his narrow defeat in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood considering it was his first appearance in 11 months.

His stablemate Real World, meanwhile, is unbeaten in three starts this season and remains open to further improvement.

John and Thady Gosden’s Sovereign Stakes winner Megallan also features among 11 confirmations.

The other Group Two on Friday’s card is the Rockfel Stakes, for which 16 juvenile fillies have stood their ground.

Likely contenders include Andrew Balding’s Majestic Glory, who is on a hat-trick following successive wins on the July Course, and the unbeaten Jumbly from Roger Charlton’s yard.

The Ger Lyons-trained Juncture is a potential challenger from Ireland, while George Boughey’s tough-as-teak Oscula sets the standard on ratings after a busy campaign.

Older fillies and mares get their chance to shine over a mile and a half in the Group Three Princess Royal Stakes, in which Ralph Beckett’s Albaflora could bid to get back on the winning trail after filling the runner-up spot behind Snowfall in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Silent Escape takes Listed prize as Godolphin hold sway

Silent Escape led home a Godolphin one-two-three in the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury.

Previously successful at Newcastle and Sandown this season, Saeed bin Suroor’s filly was a 16-5 joint-favourite to make it three wins from four starts in the hands of champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who was positive from the outset.

The daughter of New Approach led down the centre of the track for much of the way, with the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of D’bai and Al Suhail giving vain chase inside the final furlong.

Silent Escape was not for catching, however, with Murphy pushing her out to prevail by a length and a half from D’bai, with the other joint-favourite Al Suhail close up in third place.

Bin Suroor said: “She won well. She’s improved since her last run and looked good today, even though the ground was a bit soft for her.

“We’re happy with the way she finished her race, but now I want to take her back to Dubai for the season there.

“We’ll keep her on turf. Well, we’ll keep options open, but I would think we’ll keep her on the turf. She’s a nice filly, but I want to look after her for the future.

“She has only lost once, this filly – but since then, she has been improving all the time.

Saeed bin Suroor was delighted with Silent Escape
Saeed bin Suroor was delighted with Silent Escape (John Walton/PA)

“The big key for her is the ground – when she works on good to soft ground she acts better on it.

“I think she’ll get a mile. But looking at the pedigree, by New Approach, he ran in the Derby. Oisin said a mile is fine for her now.

“There are some nice races for her in Dubai.”

Bin Suroor considering Wildenstein run for Real World

Real World could be heading to France for his next outing with Saeed bin Suroor considering the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend.

The improving four-year-old won the Royal Hunt Cup and has followed up in Listed company at Newbury and a Group Three at York.

He holds an entry in the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket but stablemate Benbatl looks likely to take in that race, ground permitting.

“It’s more likely that Benbatl will run in the Joel Stakes, while we’ll maybe take Real World to France for the Group Two over a mile, the Wildenstein,” said Bin Suroor.

“As for Ascot (Champions Day), we’ll have to see what the ground is like. It’s more likely for Benbatl. Real World is a horse for the future and he’ll be even better next season.

“Both of them are in good form and are working well.

“With Benbatl, we know he doesn’t want soft ground but he doesn’t want it too firm either. Good ground is what he wants.”

Benbatl (far side) was just edged out by Lavender's Blue at Goodwood (
Benbatl (far side) was just edged out by Lavender’s Blue at Goodwood (Adam Davy/PA)

Benbatl made his return to action at Goodwood in the Celebration Mile after almost a year off and was beaten in a photo finish by Lavender’s Blue after Oisin Murphy’s mount missed the break and then made ground around the outside of the field.

Bin Suroor added: “He missed the break at Goodwood and that cost him, Oisin said if you ran that race 10 more times he’d win it every time but he still ran well and showed he’s a good horse.

Benbatl in good shape following pleasing Goodwood return

Benbatl has the option of going for a second victory in Newmarket’s Joel Stakes following his pleasing return to action at Goodwood on Saturday.

Saeed bin Suroor’s triple Group One winner recorded a brilliant success in the 2019 running of the Group Two contest, while he finished a close third in last year’s renewal behind 2000 Guineas hero Kameko.

The seven-year-old made his first appearance since then in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and was beaten just a nose by Lavender’s Blue to suggest his ability remains very much intact.

Bin Suroor said: “He came back from the race very good – he’s happy and fresh.

“I think there is an option to run him in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket.”

Benbatl is entered in both the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October, but ground conditions are likely to determine whether he makes an appearance on Champions Day.

“Usually the ground has gone soft by October time, so we will see. Good ground will be better for him,” Bin Suroor added.

Real World and Marco Ghiani winning the Strensall Stakes at York
Real World and Marco Ghiani winning the Strensall Stakes at York (Nigel French/PA)

Another potential Champions Day aspirant in the trainer’s care is Real World, who was last seen completing a hat-trick for the season the Group Three Strensall Stakes at York.

Bin Suroor said: “He’s doing very good. I’m very happy with him.

“The QEII will be an option and he will also be entered in the Joel Stakes (September 24).”