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Dubai World Cup: Benbatl 100-30

19th January 2021:   

Cheers Saeed!  

Literally the day after I had a punt Saeed bin Suroor said the following  “We are keeping Benbatl for a European season.” Arrrggghhhh! The trainer added “We will start with him in May and will look at all the big races for him. We have given him a break and he is doing good. Benbatl finished third in the Saudi Cup and won the Maktoum Challenge but we have some nice horses also in Dubai this year. We need to give them a chance to see how they handle the dirt and we will get Benbatl ready for May time. We will look at all the big races for him and try to give him one or two races before Royal Ascot."

18th January 2021: 

I have taken the plunge early and backed Benbatl for the Dubai World Cup. A favourite of mine he was being aimed at the Dubai World Cup last season before the Dubai Carnival was cut short, like so many other meetings last year, due to the Covid pandemic and I am  sure the big race on Saturday 28th March will be the aim again this year. In the build-up last season he won the G.2 Singspiel Stakes on the Turf track before taking the G.2 round two of the Al Maktoum Challenge on the Dirt track, his first try on the surface, and was subsequently third in the Saudi Cup behind Maximum Security so the surface holds no fears. I am on at 100-30 antepost.