Debutant Kempton winner Uncle Bryn heads for Thursday’s Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York for a fascinating clash with Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition.
The Sea The Stars colt tasted a first career defeat in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom in April, seen off by Wirko and Technique in Surrey, but perhaps not getting the run of things on the day.
That form has been battered since with the front two going onto suffer heavy defeats in their following outings, but John & Thady Gosden's colt is sure to have improved for the experience as he tackles a stellar field for the renewal of the infamous Yorkshire contest.
The form of his handler in this event also bodes well for the Classic hopeful, with Gosden winning three of the last six Dante Stake's dating back to 2015.
In the aftermath of his defeat at the Downs in April, Gosden told the Racing Post: "He was coltish in proceedings and looked at everything when he hit the front.
"He will come on a lot mentally for the run."
He joins Megallan as the Newmarket yard's contenders in the north in the field of 11, with Frankie Dettori siding with the Epsom third and Martin Harley getting the leg-up on his stable-mate.
High Definition is the sole Ballydoyle representative as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record and exact his Derby credentials on his first attempt over a mile-and-a-quarter.
There were whispers that he would head for the Lingfield Trial last weekend but connections have opted to head to the Dante Festival instead, with the Galileo son set to make his first racecourse appearance since September.
Despite O'Brien's brilliant record in the Classic, he has not trained the winner of this particular race since 2010 when Cape Blanco secured victory under Johnny Murtagh.
He did, however, win the race on a further three occasions between 1998 and 2009.
Group 1 winner Gear Up holds some solid form after his Saint-Cloud exploits and is set to be saddled by Mark Johnston, with the Teofilo three-year-old last seen demolishing a French field that included current Derby favourite, Bolshoi Ballet.
Additionally, Flying Visit bids to give relatives of the recent 2,000 Guineas winner more glory on English shores after their Newmarket exploits earlier this month.
Alenquer, Belloccio, Hurricane Lane, Pythagoras, Roman Empire and Royal Champion make up the rest of the contest.
Thursday's feature race gets underway at 3:10pm and is the fourth of seven contests on the card.