Review: Al Maktoum Challenge R2 ( Horses, Racecard, Video 2020)
Godolphin’s multiple Gr.1 winner Benbatl, won the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 in his dirt debut with style under Christophe Soumillon.
The 6YO Group 1 winner on three continents, raced prominently in third, just behind the pace set by Gr.1 winner Roman Rosso and upstart Chiefdom, he switched out around the turn, took over while three-wide turning for home and held off fellow Dubawi offspring Military Law by two facile lengths. Gronkowski finished third, another 6¾ lengths astern the runner-up.
The Saeed bin Suroor pupil claimed his 10th victory from 20 starts and added US$270,000 to the 6yo’s bankroll to eclipse US$5.7 million. He will now be pointed towards the big event in an attempt to give his connections a third consecutive triumph in tandem in the prestigious affair.