Saeed bin Suroor to swerve Eclipse with Benbatl

Sandown off the table for Queen Anne disappointment

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Saeed bin Suroor will “keep options open” for Benbatl after ruling him out of the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday week.

The Newmarket handler feels the mile-and-a-quarter Group One prize at the Esher track comes too soon for the son of Dubawi following his below-par effort in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Bin Suroor said: “I was worried about the ground at Ascot. Ten days before he had been working on the Watered Gallop in Newmarket which was different ground and he had been working really good.

“The ground at Ascot didn’t suit him.”

He added: “We will look at mile-and-a-quarter races for him now, but the Eclipse is too soon for him.

“We are looking at the Juddmonte International as his main target. Before this we could either go for the Sky Bet York Stakes with a penalty or the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich.

“He has come back sound and we will keep options open for him.”

Saeed bin Suroor to swerve Eclipse with Benbatl
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