Benbatl Being Eyed At York Ebor Festival


The Saeed bin Suroor trained Benbatl has been back in training ahead a proposed run at the Yorkshire Ebor festival with the a few different contests in the offing for the six year old.

The son of Dubawi has been the shining light over the last few years for his handler landing three Group One races along the way in Germany, Australia and the UAE all on turf.

However, in the last year the horse has shown his versatility when switching to the dirt in preparation for the richest race in the world, the Saudi Cup.

Benbatl back in February landed a Group Two at Meydan on his first run on the dirt before running a huge race to be third in the inaugural $20 million Saudi Cup.

He was set to run in the Dubai World Cup in March but with the prestigious meeting postponed due to the on going crisis in the world, bin Suroor has been waiting for the right race to target his star at and it looks like York will be the place he gets going again.

(Credit AtTheRaces) Saeed bin Suroor said:“Benbatl is well. We gave him a break after Dubai.

“In August we will start looking at races for him. He’s in the Juddmonte at York and when we get closer to the race we’ll see how he is.

“Whether he stays in training next year, to go to Saudi Arabia and Dubai again, we’ll have to see how he runs this year and I’ll talk to the boss (Sheikh Mohammed).

“He’s a very consistent horse and always shows his class. He’s as good on turf and dirt and ran a big race in Saudi.“He was favourite for the World Cup, they all had him to beat.”