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Godolphin’s Benbatl to run in Cox Plate

Godolphin will take up the invitation to run Group One Dubai Turf winner Benbatl in the Cox Plate.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said the horse would have his next start in Germany in the Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayeriches Zuchtrennen at Munich on July 29.

“I have spoken to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and he has decided to take up the invitation issued to Godolphin for Benbatl,” Saeed said on Godolphin’s website.

“Being a winner of the Dubai Turf, over nine furlongs (1800m), and the G3 Hampton Court Stakes, over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot, the 2040 metres at Moonee Valley should be the perfect trip for Benbatl.

“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.”

Winx is the TAB’s $1.50 favourite to claim an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate with Benbatl at $21.

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