Jahbath will put his unbeaten record on an artificial surface on the line in Saturday’s UAE Derby at Meydan.
Runner-up on his racecourse debut in a novice event at Salisbury last October, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old has since notched a four-timer on the all-weather.
Successive novice wins at Kempton were followed by a demolition job on his handicap debut at Southwell and he returned to Kempton on his latest outing to land the ‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes.
Haggas said: “He’s travelled out fine and everyone is very happy with him.
“It looks a very competitive race to me, so we’ll see how he gets on.
“I think the trip (nine and a half furlongs) is what he needs. I’m not worried about that.”
The Newmarket handler admits only time will tell how his charge will handle the dirt in Dubai, but he is relishing the challenge.
He added: “He’s had plenty of runs on the all-weather in Britain – I’m not sure how much more practice we could give him.
“The dirt in Dubai is completely different, obviously, but he looks to have a good draw – (stall) two is better than 14, I suppose.
“He’s got to have a good break and if he doesn’t jump well, we’re in trouble.”
The standard is set by Charlie Appleby’s filly Divine Image.
The daughter of Scat Daddy has demonstrated her liking for the surface with successive wins in the UAE Oaks and the Listed Al Bastakiya.
Appleby said: “She has won her last two starts in the UAE Oaks and then in a trial for a Derby against the colts last time, both over this trip. She has good course and distance form over the trip and on that surface.
“That last run was very competitive against the colts. She took the colts on and beat them quite comfortably and she gets a nice weight allowance.
“The most important thing is that she has experience on that track.”
Aidan O’Brien – who won last year’s UAE Derby with the hugely impressive Mendelssohn – is this year represented by Van Beethoven.