Benbatl given Champion Stakes target by Saeed bin Suroor

Mon 14 Aug 2017

Saeed bin Suroor is looking towards the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 21 with Benbatl.

A Royal Ascot winner in a good renewal of the Hampton Court Stakes, he had earlier finished fifth in the Derby.

Last time out he was no match for Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes when fifth, but the soft ground was not in his favour that day.

He holds entries in several major races over distances ranging from a mile to a mile and three-quarters, but a St Leger bid has been all but ruled out.

"He ran a good race in the King George, but the ground was just too soft for him," said Bin Suroor.

"He's got lots of entries, but I think we'll give him a bit of time first.

"There's no specific plan, but I don't think he'll be going for the St Leger, I think his best distance is between 10 and 12 furlongs.

"Maybe the Champion Stakes at Ascot might be a good plan for him.

"He's been out exercising and looks very well."

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