Benbatl is one of the stars among 12 horses named as likely contenders for the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday week.
The Dubai Racing Club released the possible fields for World Cup night on Wednesday and Benbatl features in the 10-furlong feature for owner Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
The six-year-old notched two comfortable victories at Meydan earlier in the year, but had to settle for third behind Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup on his most recent start.
Mucho Gusto (fourth), Tacitus (fifth), Gold Dream (sixth), Chrysoberyl (seventh) and Gronkowski (10th) could all reoppose Benbatl at Meydan.
Another Godolphin runner, the Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath, highlights 11 in contention for the Sheema Classic after notching an eight-length victory on his previous Meydan run.
Roger Varian’s Defoe, the David Simcock-trained Desert Encounter and John Gosden’s Irish Oaks victor Star Catcher make for a strong British challenge, while Aidan O’Brien has Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck, Mount Everest and Fleeting in the reckoning.
O’Brien’s Sergei Prokofiev, Joseph O’Brien’s Speak In Colours, the Appleby-trained Glorious Journey and Charlie Hills’ Equilateral are set to line up in the Al Quoz Sprint, while New World Tapestry is a possible Ballydoyle runner in the UAE Derby.
Japanese star Almond Eye leads the way in the Dubai Turf, with Appleby’s Barney Roy and the O’Brien pair of Magic Wand and Circus Maximus also featuring.
Gosden’s Lord North and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mustashry are also entered.