Benbatl back in Joel Stakes

Saeed bin Suroor is now anticipating seeing his steady star Benbatl create his return from almost a year on the sidelines in the Shadwell Joel Stakes.
The five-year-old won three times at Group One level – before landing the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in October, functioning a brilliant winner of the Dubai Turf at Meydan out in late March.
Benbatl has not been observed in action since pursuing home Winx once the wonder-mare maintained an historic fourth success from the Cox Plate later in the identical month, but has been reported to be for his Group Two return on the Rowley Mile.
“It is his very first start of the year. But he is in good condition, and we are looking forward to seeing him run,” said Newmarket trainer bin Suroor.
“His job was good, and that he constantly shows his class in the mornings. His last bit of work on the Watered Gallop on Racecourse side was very good, and now we are very content.
“A mile is a good excursion for his very first rush, and we will see how we proceed. I’m hoping to get a fantastic run, although I think this particular race will be needed by him.
“I want to see how he works and he comes out of this race before making any programs, however, options are available for him at Group One level”
Benbatl confronts a far from straightforward task on his comeback, even using all the John Gosden-trained King Of Comedy putting a high standard on the shape of this season.
Once winning at Sandown in the spring Kingman’s boy looked every inch top-class colt at the building – which he was only vaguely refused by Circus Maximus when a second from the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
He had been last seen finishing a close-up fourth at the Juddmonte International at York, and relations are currently hoping he could take advantage of getting his sights lowered a colour.
Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to King Of Comedy’s owner-breeder Lady Bamford, said:”We expect it’s a good prospect for him. He’s working nicely, and John is pleased.
“He set up a good performance at York, along with the stiff mile at Newmarket should suit him nicely.
“We are optimistic, but you’ll find one or two good horses against him, so it will not be a walkover, that is for sure.
“He hasn’t won a Group race yet, so we’ll take one step at a time, however when all goes well on Friday we expect he will then return to Ascot for the QEII.”
The UAE Jewel is a double course-and-distance winner – earlier after up on Guineas from the Proper Newmarket Stakes weekend making a hugely impressive debut from the Wood Ditton.
The charge of roger Varian examines the water Group Two degree.
Varian said:”It resembles a powerful renewal of the Joel Stakes, but the timing of the race fits nicely 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 over a mile and a quarter – and that he would not want a lot more rain, because he’s a fast-ground horse.
“He needed a drawback when we had been preparing him to the Prix du Jockey Club back into the spring, however, is ready for a run now.”
Zaaki has won three of the five starts for Sir Michael Stoute this year and bids to improve his tally – while Happy Electricity (Andrew Balding), Pogo (Charlie Hills) and Anna Nerium (Richard Hannon) complete the line-up.

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