Saeed bin Suroor unleashes one of his big guns at Meydan on Thursday, as Benbatl returns to action in the Singspiel Stakes.
The globe-trotting six year-old has won Group races in England, Dubai, Germany and Australia and was most impressive last autumn at Newmarket, when landing the Group Two Joel Stakes.
Bin Suroor also runs Dream Castle, in the same race and told www.godolphin.com: “Benbatl has been enjoying a nice winter out in Dubai and is in good form.
“He didn’t like the heavy ground at Ascot last time out – all his best form has been on a quicker surface – but he has been working well recently. He goes well fresh and this looks a good starting point for him. He is conceding weight to his rivals, but is a class horse and I am hoping for a good result.
“Dream Castle is in good order too and ran some excellent races at the Carnival last year. I am looking forward to getting his campaign started over a course and distance that suits him well.”
Bin Suroor also saddles Team Talk on the Meydan dirt and the unbeaten First View in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.
“First View is a nice colt, who is unbeaten in two starts at Kempton Park, and I think he will need further than a mile in time. He has done well out in Dubai and I am hoping for a good result, provided he copes with the dirt,” Bin Suroor stated.
He will also be represented in the race by Laser Show and Lost In Time.
“Laser Show is improving with every piece of work and he too looks like he will get further. Lost In Time is a solid horse, who always tries very hard. He has worked alongside First View and there is not much between them. This is a trial, so it is a test for all three horses, and we have to see whether they can go on the surface,” he added.