Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor says the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October in Benbatl's top target.
Bin Suroor feels the 10-furlong distance will be ideal for his Dubai Turf winner, but he says Benbatl will have to impress in the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen at Munich later this month if they are to make the trip Down Under.
"I have spoken to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and he has decided to take up the invitation issued to Godolphin for Benbatl," Bin Suroor told the Godolphin website.
"Being a winner of the Dubai Turf over nine furlongs, and the Hampton Court Stakes over ten furlongs at Royal Ascot, the ten furlongs at Moonee Valley should be the perfect trip for Benbatl."
He added: "Obviously he will have to show us that he continues in good form, at Munich and in the race following, in order to travel to Australia. But, at the present time, the Cox Plate is the intended target."
If Benbatl does contest the Cox Plate he will come up against Winx, who is seeking a fourth successive victory in the race.
Article Posted on Sunday 8th July 2018 @ 14.11
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