Leading trainer Saeed bin Suroor has highlighted the targets for his stable stars Real World and Benbatl towards the end of the season with both of the Godolphin owned horses set for big tests.
Starting with Real World, The four year old son of Dark Angel has come alive this term in England, having been seen in Meydan at the start of the year and then returning to the track at Royal Ascot after three months and hosing up in the Royal Hunt Cup, from a tricky draw.
Showing that was not a one of performance the colt then went to Newbury and in the final stages of the race went on to collar Derab and land the Listed Steventon Stakes.
Bin Suroor has always thought a lot of this horse and last time out stepped him up to Group Three level for the Strensall Stakes at York's Ebor meeting and he managed to see off the likes of Lord Glitters and Duke Of Hazzard to take the race.
Holding an entry in the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket he could go there but it looks more likely that stablemate Benbatl will end up there having ran in the race last term aswell and Real World will instead go for the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend at ParisLongchamp.
(Credit ATR) “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 made his long awaited return to action at Goodwood in the Celebration Mile after almost a year off the track and was beaten in a photo finish by outsider of the field Lavender’s Blue.
Bin Suroor was very happy with the run and said: “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.