Benbatl makes dirt debut at Meydan on Thursday
Top-class turf Celebrity Benbatl Can make his debut on Thursday at the next round of the Al Maktoum Challenge on Grime in Meydan.
When cruising to victory from the Singspiel Stakes, saeed bin Suroor’s six-year-old has made one appearance at the Carnival, however Dubawi’s son will try another surface.
“Benbatl won nicely at the Singspiel Stakes and contains enhanced because of his first start of the season,” Bin Suroor informed www.godolphin.com.
“He’s in great shape and has been operating well on the Tapeta at home, though racing on dirt for the first time will differ.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed approved of the decision to try Benbatl on dirt to find out whether he loves the surface, so that we’re able to make a decision on his future. He’s a class horse and we wish to see him win.”
It’ll be far from an introduction that is easy , however, as he encounters Gronkowski, runner-up in the past year’s Dubai World Cup.
He’s only been observed since then, when third in December. The two are clear on official ratings and both have been allotted a championship in the Saudi Cup, should later this month, connections opt to run into the world race.
Also online would be that the UAE 2000 Guineas, in which Fore left, that has UAE Derby aspirations and is ridden by William Buick is run by American trainer Doug O’Neill, whereas Bin Suroor sends out two runners in Colour Image and Laser Show.
“Laser Show won well over nine and a half furlongs in the Al Bastakiya Trial, once the visor aided him concentrate,” explained Bin Suroor.
“He is dropping back in trip, but I am trusting that the visor sharpens up him again. He really wants farther than a mile, but heads into the race in great form.”