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Benbatl back in Joel Stakes

Saeed bin Suroor is looking forward to seeing his stable star Benbatl create his return from a year on the sidelines at the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
The five-year-old won three times at Group 1 level in 2018 – prior to landing the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in October in Germany in July along with also the Ladbrokes Stakes in Australia working an excellent winner of the Dubai Turf at Meydan out in late March.
Since pursuing home Winx once the wonder-mare claimed an historic success later in exactly the month, but has been reported to be for his Group Two return on the Rowley Mile benbatl has not been observed.
“It is his very first start of the year. But he is in good condition, and we are excited about seeing him run,” said Newmarket coach bin Suroor.
“His work was good, and he constantly shows his class in the mornings. His final piece of work on the Watered Gallop on Racecourse side was good, and we are extremely pleased.
“A mile is a great excursion for his very first rush, and we will see how we go. I think this race will be needed by him, but I am hoping to get a fantastic run.
“I want to observe how he works and he comes from the race prior to making any plans, however, choices are open for him at Group One level”
Benbatl faces a far from simple task on his comeback, even using the John Gosden-trained King Of Comedy placing a high standard.
When winning at Sandown in the spring, Kingman’s son appeared every inch top-class colt in the making – and he was vaguely refused by Circus Maximus when a fast-finishing minute at the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
He had been last seen completing a close-up fourth at the Juddmonte International at York, and also relations are currently hoping that he could take advantage of getting his landscapes lowered a colour.
Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to King Of Comedy’s owner-breeder Lady Bamford, said:”We hope it’s a good opportunity for him. He’s working with him moving into the race, and John is pleased.
“He set up a good performance in York, along with the rigid mile in Newmarket should suit him nicely.
“We’re optimistic, but you can find one or two good horses up against himso it will not be a walkover, that’s for certain.
“He hasn’t won a Group race yet, so we’ll take one step at a time, but if all goes well on Friday we hope he will then head back to Ascot for the QEII.”
The unbeaten UAE Jewel is already a winner – before after up on Guineas from the Listed Newmarket Stakes weekend creating a debut from the Wood Ditton at the Craven meeting in April.
The charge of roger Varian examines the water Group Two level on his return to activity.
Varian said:”It resembles a strong renewal of the Joel Stakes, however the timing of this race matches well for UAE Jewel, and it should be a good starting point to get his career back on track.
“I was in 2 minds about running over this mile trip or waiting for something above a mile and a quarter – and then he would not want too much more rain, because he’s a fast-ground horse.
“He needed a drawback when we were preparing him to the Prix du Jockey Club back into the spring, however, is ready for a run today.”
Zaaki has won a number of the five starts to Sir Michael Stoute this season and wants to improve his tally – while Happy Electricity (Andrew Balding), Pogo (Charlie Hills) and Anna Nerium (Richard Hannon) finish the line-up.

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