Benbatl
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Benbatl seized control of the Group One Dubai Turf and the outcome was never in doubt thereafter, as he romped to victory over nine furlongs in Meydan.

A field of fifteen contested this race.

From the gates, Crocosmia and Janoobi were well away.

Settling down, Janoobi went on from Benbatl and Championship, with Neorealism and Promising Run next.

The South African front-runner moved four lengths clear as he turned into the home straight, with Benbatl and Championship next.

But into the straight, Benbatl swept past and moved three lengths clear, with Vivlos, Deirdre and Real Steel giving chase.

But it was to no avail, as Oisin Murphy and Benbatl moved further clear to win by an impressive four lengths.

The chasing pack were led home by the Japanese trained trio Vivlos, Real Steel and Deirdre.

This was another victory on the card for Godolphin, but a first on the day for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Benbatl could now be prepared for another appearance at Royal Ascot.

Bin Suroor said: “We have thought a great deal about this horse over the last three years and he won for us at Royal Ascot last year (Hampton Court Stakes).

“He broke well tonight and had a nice position all the way. I wasn’t surprised he won like that, because he had been working very well.

“The plan will now be to go back to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

“He’s been improving all the time and now he’s a Group One winner.”

Murphy said: “Last time I gave the horse a bad ride and it was very good of Sheikh Mohammed and Saeed to give me another chance on him.

“I was determined to make amends and once in that position, I was pretty sure I would win. It’s very hard to find a world-class horse to ride, but he is a horse you dream about.

“He’s very talented and today he had a good trip and showed his class.

“He jumped slow last time and the pace was slow, so I couldn’t come back. I ended up wide and covered extra ground and didn’t get into a good rhythm. Today everything fell right.”