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Godolphin Accepts Cox Plate Invite With Gr1 Winner
Godolphin has accepted the Moonee Valley Racing Club's invitation for Benbatl to contest this year's $5 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 27 October, reports Godolphin.com. The Group 1 Dubai Turf winner will take his first step towards that ambitious target when he makes his next appearance in the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayeriches Zuchtrennen at Munich on Sunday, 29 July. "I have spoken to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and he has decided to take up the invitation issued to Godolphin for Benbatl," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "Being a winner of the Dubai Turf, over nine furlongs, and the G3 Hampton Court Stakes, over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot, the 2040m at Moonee Valley should be the perfect trip for Benbatl." Bin Suroor added: "Obviously, he will have to show us that he continues in good form, at Munich and in the race following, in order to travel to Australia. But, at the present time, the Cox Plate is the intended target."