Ed Walker is giving Stormy Antarctic the chance to show he stays 10 furlongs when he steps back up to Group One level for the first time since May 2017 in the Grosser Dallmayr Preis at Munich on Sunday.
The five-year-old has failed in six previous attempts at the top grade, but has enjoyed a lucrative 2018, with a Group Three success at Saint-Cloud and a Group Two triumph at Baden-Baden.
Walker feels the time is right for him to go higher again and try a new distance.
“He’s back in Group One company for the first time in a while and the first time over 10 furlongs,” said the Newmarket handler.
“He’s in great form. He’s done very little wrong this year, winning a Group Three, winning and finishing second in a Group Two.
“It looks a good spot. He’ll have to be at his best and prove that he stays.
“I’m very hopeful of a good run.”
Benbatl disappointed when dropping down to a mile for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, but connections of the Godolphin-owned colt are expecting a much better performance over this more suitable distance.
“He’s doing well. He won a Group One in Dubai and we were disappointed with him in Royal Ascot, but the ground was too firm for him,” trainer Saeed bin Suroor told At The Races.
“He worked really well this week. The German race will be good for him. It is a mile and a quarter. I think he has a very good chance there.”
The two British raiders are among a field of 10 declared that includes Markus Klug’s Va Bank, who was runner-up to Stormy Antarctic at Baden-Baden.
German trainer Peter Schiergen bids to win this race for a fifth time when he saddles Walsingham. Last year’s winner Iquitos is another in the mix.