A glorious week for Dubawi on the racetrack and in the sale ring in Europe went to yet another level in Australia on Saturday, 13 October with the victory of Benbatl in the G1 Caulfield Stakes.
In one of the more hard-fought wins of his illustrious career, Benbatl raced on the speed, took the lead with 250m to run and held off fellow Godolphin runner Blair House to win by a half-head.
Benbatl’s win was the second on the Caulfield card for Dubawi, whose evergreen Australian-bred sprinter Ball Of Muscle scored the 12th win of his career in the G2 Schillaci Stakes.
Benbatl will now tackle the local Champion Winx in the G1 Cox Plate on 27 October with trainer Saeed bin Suroor predicting improvement is still to come from his horse.
The win was also Benbatl’s third G1 following top-level successes earlier this year in Germany and Dubai.
For Dubawi the victory came in the same week as a yearling by the champion stallion sold for 3.5 million guineas at Tattersall’s October Sale, the highest price in the world this year.
In the same session last Thursday, another three Dubawi yearlings topped one million guineas.
Dubawi also continued an outstanding year on the track with a brilliant Arc carnival at Longchamp last weekend where his star filly Wild Illusion added a third G1 title to her record in the Prix de l’Opera and Brundtland won the G2 Prix Chaudenay.
Benbatl is the first foal of the Selkirk mare Nahrain, who twice scored at the highest level in the Prix de l’Opera and Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes. She also has a yearling filly by Dubawi and has been tested in foal to him again this season.