International Raider Benbatl Claims Ladbrokes Stakes, Now Eyes Cox Plate

October 13, 2018

International Raider Benbatl Claims Ladbrokes Stakes, Now Eyes Cox Plate

Five-year old British import Benbatl has claimed a maiden win on Australian turf, taking out the Ladbrokes Stakes (1600m) in impressive fashion at Caulfield on Saturday.

Challenged by fellow import and Godolphin stablemate Blair House down the straight, the pair duked out a familiar battle with a closing Humidor looming behind them.

Benbatl and Blair House claimed first and second for Godolphin in the 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes.

“It’s great, he’s a really good horse, he rarely runs a bad race, he looked good today” winning jockey Pat Cosgrave told Racing.com. 

Benbatl, a Group 1 winner in Germany and Dubai earlier this year, had fallen victim to Blair House before, but showed plenty of kick in his first-up run to win by a nose.

“He ran a really huge race and I know that the ground would suit him,” trainer Saeed Bin Surror said.

With Sheikh Mohammed sending yet another international raider to challenge Winx in a fortnight’s time at the Ladrokes Cox Plate (2040m), Saturday’s win has seen Bentabtl firm from $26.00 into $12.00 with the bookmaker, while Blair House has also moved from $31 into $18.00.

“His race bodes really well and it gives us confidence for two weeks later to run (sic) in the Cox Plate” Surror said after the race.

“Sheikh Muhammad supports Australian racing and always sends the best horses to Australia.”

Running a time of 2:00.8 on Saturday, it will take everything Benbatl has to compete with the world’s top racehorse. He sat close to the speed after getting away early on Saturday, but Surror feels confident in Godolphin’s chances.

“He looked really well, his condition is fantastic, really relaxed, no problem.”

With seven wins now in 15 starts, Benbatl is certainly a chance to place if he can dig in along the rails once again at The Valley in two week’s time.

Full Cox Plate odds can be seen below.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Weir: Peaceful State Has ̵...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Claiming two wins from four starts, five-year old gelding Night’s...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

2018 Blue Sapphire Stakes: All...

2018 Blue Sapphire Stakes: All Too Easy for Written By

Short-price favourite Written By proved a class above in the 2018 Blue...

Kings Will Dream of Caulfield ...

Kings Will Dream of Caulfield Cup Favourtism After Perfect Barrier Draw

Champion trainer Darren Weir has already claimed the upper-hand ahead of...

Horse Racing Today

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Tony McEvoy thinks his filly Oohood has a great chance of breaking the...

Smart Melody humming along nic...

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Unbeaten filly Smart Melody is humming along nicely as she steps up to Group 1...

Outside barrier ok for D’...

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes

Jockey James McDonald won’t offer the outside barrier as an excuse if race...

Race Results

2018 Blue Sapphire Stakes: All Too Easy for Written By

2018 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Results: The Autumn Sun Wins

International Raider Benbatl Claims Ladbrokes Stakes, Now Eyes Cox Plate

Toorak Handicap: Land of Plenty Caps Big Day for Darren Weir

2018 The Everest Results: Redzel Wins

Race Previews

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Weight & Distance No Worries for Youngstar, But Barrier Might Be

Caulfield Cup: Youngstar Improving, But Kerrin McEvoy Wary of Night’s Watch

Schillaci Stakes: Snitty Kitty a Strong Second-Elect Chance

Fields & Form

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes