Regally bred maiden winners for Godolphin at Doncaster look good
Benbatl is by Dubawi, while Dream Castle is another for Frankel
Godolphin gave two exceptionally well-bred three-year-old colts their racecourse introductions at Doncaster on Sunday and both scored in impressive fashion to gain quotes for the Classics.
Benbatl, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and ridden by Josephine Gordon, won the first division of the 7f maiden by seven lengths and Dream Castle, another for Suroor, was piloted by Oisin Murphy to take the second division by three and a half lengths.
Benbatl has been installed in ante-post markets for the 2,000 Guineas at around 20-1, while Dream Castle is available at prices ranging between 20-1 and 50-1 for the Newmarket Classic. Benbatl is also quoted at around 25-1 for the Derby.
The colts are both Darley homebreds with pedigrees that give them every chance of excelling at the highest level.
Benbatl is by Darley's own exceptional sire Dubawi, who is commanding a fee of £250,000 at Dalham Hall Stud this season.
Dubawi has supplied 27 Group/Grade 1 winners, including superstars Al Kazeem, Lucky Nine, Makfi, Night Of Thunder and Postponed, but is yet to make an impact in the Derby, so if Benbatl developed into a credible contender for the Epsom Classic he would give his sire a welcome boost.
Benbatl should certainly relish a step up in trip as he is the first foal out of the top-class Selkirk mare Nahrain, who won the Prix de l'Opera and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at three, and landed the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at four.
Benbatl is a half-sister to Baharah, who won the Listed Fleur de Lys Stakes over a mile at Lingfield, and the pair are out of Bahr, a daughter of Generous who won the Musidora Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes and finished second in the Oaks and third in the Irish Oaks.
Nahrain has a two-year-old colt by New Approach called Ta Allak, a yearling colt by Dansili and was covered by Dubawi again last year.
Dream Castle hails from a family less infused with stamina.
He became the 23rd individual winner from the first crop of dual world champion Frankel, who is standing at Banstead Manor Stud at a fee of £125,000, and he is the stallion's sixth to score as a three-year-old.
Dream Castle's dam Sand Vixen – a member of the first crop of Dubawi – raced only at two, when she won the Listed St Hugh's Stakes and Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes for Saeed Bin Suroor.
Sand Vixen's only previous runner, her Cape Cross daughter Emirates Challenge, showed precious little ability on the track in her six starts, all at two, and could not even finish placed when dropped to Class 6 nurseries.
Emirates Challenge was sold to Glenville Bloodstock for just 7,000gns at the Tattersalls February Sale of 2015.
Sand Vixen is a half-sister to So Will I, who won the Listed Carnarvon Stakes over 6f at Newbury, and is out of Fur Will Fly, a daughter of speed influence Petong who finished second in a 6f Salisbury maiden.
Sand Vixen has a two-year-old colt by Exceed And Excel, no yearling and was covered by Dawn Approach last year.
Not only did Dubawi make his mark in both divisions of the maiden at Doncaster, but later on the card he was represented by the first two home in the 1m2½f three-year-old handicap with two more well-bred and lightly raced colts owned by Godolphin.
The Suroor-trained Bin Battuta, a half-brother to champion two-year-old and sprinter Dream Ahead, beat the Charlie Appleby-trained First Nation, a half-brother to St Leger and Hong Kong Vase hero Mastery, by a neck, with the pair pulling clear of the third.