JJ Jet The Plane warmed up for the big sprint on Dubai World Cup night later this month when outclassing his rivals in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap at Meydan last night.
The South African speedster was more like his old self back on turf after disappointing on the Tapeta surface last month, and will now head for the Al Quoz Sprint.
Giving at least a stone to his rivals, the 2-1 favourite was always up the pace in this six-furlong dash and found an extra gear in the closing stages despite veering from the far rail towards the stands side under Bernard Fayd’herbe.
He had far too much zip for John Ryan's Iver Bridge Lad, who was a creditable length and three-quarters away in second, with Green Beret third.
“Last time he was very heavy and I was desperate to get the weight off him,” said trainer Michael Houdalakis.
“His weight was better and it was more like the JJ we know. I'm very relieved.
“I’ll keep him on the grass on World Cup night. Even though he’s a lot fitter than he was the other evening we’ll stick to what we know is best.”
Frankie Dettori and the Godolphin team enjoyed further success, starting with Emirates Champion (7-4 favourite), who led a furlong and a half out and went on to take the Dubai Duty Free Gold World Cup (Handicap) in tremendous style.
The five-year-old, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, strode clear of the pacemaking Mr Brock to score by four and three-quarter lengths.
Dettori said: “He won well, but the manner he won last time we thought he had a big chance.”