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Cox Plate Bound Benbatl Wins Gr1

Monday, 30th July 2018

Godolphin's Benbatl bounced back to his brilliant best when landing the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayeriches Zuchtrennen (2000m) in Munich in Germany overnight. It was the second top-flight victory for the son of Dubawi after claiming the Group 1 Dubai Turf in March and his first run since being unplaced in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Godolphin have accepted an invitation for Benbatl to contest this year's $5 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 27 October. "The ground at Royal Ascot was too firm for him. In Germany the ground is nice as they have had some rain in the last couple of days. I also think a mile and a quarter is maybe the best trip for him," trainer Saeed bin Suroor told Sky Sports. "We'll keep the options open for him. He could go for the Juddmonte at York or the Irish Champion Stakes (at Leopardstown)". Bin Suroor added: "Later in the year we could think about taking him to Australia. We'll discuss the options with Sheikh Mohammed."

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