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Issue Number: Issue 648
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No need to Battle for easy winner Ben

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WINNER of the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan in March, Benbatl was equally impressive on Sunday, landing the 1m2f Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr Preis at Munich. The 4yo Dubawi colt made all the running under Oisin Murphy to win in great style, beating Stormy Antarctic by almost three lengths, eased down. Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Benbatl has won very well; he made all the running and the pace suited him as he was still on the bridle with 2f to go. “He has run on well to win his second Group One of the year. “I am very pleased with him and we will now look at the various options which include the Juddmonte International at York this month, the Irish Champion Stakes in September and going to Australia for the Cox Plate at the end of October.

“I will talk to HH Sheikh Mohammed and we will choose a route to the Australia race.” On the same afternoon, in France at Deauville, Crown Walk and Rosa Imperial both ran well to finish second and third respectively in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild over the straight mile. The improving 3yo Dubawi filly Crown Walk, saddled by Henri-Alex Pantall and ridden by William Buick, set out to make all the running. She broke smartly from the stalls and raced near to the stands side rail, setting a good pace ahead of the eventual winner With You, who went to the front over a furlong out and won by three lengths.

Crown Walk rallied in the final furlong and kept on to get the better of 5yo Pivotal mare Rosa Imperial, ridden by Mickael Barzalona for Andre Fabre, by a head for second place. Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin reported: “Both the Godolphin runners have performed very well and there are no excuses. “This was Crown Walk’s best run and confirms that she is best over a mile. She is a very progressive filly and we hope she can go on and win a Group One. “Rosa Imperial possibly lacked a bit of stamina towards the end and we will discuss with Andre what trip to run her over next time.” On the same Deauville card, Tasleya could not have been more impressive when defeating nine fellow debutantes over 6f. Homebred by Sheikh Hamdan and trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the 2yo Frankel filly stretched clear in style under Christophe Soumillon and looks certain to hold her own in better company.

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