Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has seen enough of White Wolf on the gallops to have confidence in a crack at the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York on Thursday, May 12.
Invincible Spirit colt White Wolf won on debut at Southwell but did it with signs of greenness yet did get the job done in a fashion which suggests there may be more to come.
Running keenly in patches and hanging left, White Wolf did prove he had the winning instinct, holding on gamely to see off Hughie Morrison's Bearaway over a mile on the all-weather.
It's quite a step up from a Class 5 novice stakes at Southwell to the Group 2 Dante at York and his latest challenge will see a move up to one mile, two and a half furlongs on the Knavesmire.
"The horses are running well, we didn't start off straight away, we've only just really started having runners," said Bin Suroor, fresh from a winner at Ascot on Saturday.
Bin Suroor has won the Dante twice before, in 1995 with Classic Cliche and 2002 with Moon Ballad, so knows what it takes to ready a contender for the York challenge and White Wolf retains a Cazoo Epsom Derby entry should things go well.
The Dante is considered a trial for the Derby and Bin Suroor has plenty of faith in his colt out of Long Lashes.
"We're going to run White Wolf in the Dante, he worked on Sunday."
"I liked what I saw, he worked well, so we'll take him to the Dante."
"Obviously that looks a very good race but he's an unproven horse, we don't know how good he is."
"He did it well on his debut, but we don't know what the form is like and the Dante looks an open race this year."
The Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes takes place at York racecourse on Thursday, May 12 and begins at 15.35. Run over a distance of one mile, two and a half furlongs, the York test is worth a cool £99,243 to the talented winner.
The race is live on ITV 4.