Benbatl looked brilliant on a new surface as he romped away with the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at Meydan.

Ten took part in this 9 ½ furlong race on the dirt.

Benbatl, on his first race on dirt, was well away, but it was the grey, Chiefdom, racing wide, who led into the first turn.

Chiefdom headed down the back with Roman Rosso for company, with Benbatl close up along with Sultarin Dubai.

Turning for home, Roman Rosso led narrowly from Chiefdom and Benbatl, but Christophe Soumillon eased the Godolphin runner smoothly into the lead.

Benbatl opened up in the final quarter of a mile and pulled well clear, before Soumillon eased him down for a facile success.

Military Law plugged on gamely and closed to within three lengths of the east winner, with a wide gap back to Gronkowski.

This performance proved that Benbatl handles the dirt and a tilt at the Dubai World Cup would look very likely for Saaed Bin Suroor’s talented six year-old.