Ed Dunlop visited the Meydan training track for the first time on Wednesday morning and expressed enthusiasm Red Cadeaux can again perform with credit in the Dubai World Cup.
The eight-year-old gelding has been a standing dish in major middle-distance races ever since an agonising nose defeat in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
Red Cadeaux, whose travels have taken him to Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and Ireland, came from well off the pace to chase home Animal Kingdom in the 2013 World Cup and is back for another go.
Dunlop said: "I imagine he will be ridden similarly on Saturday.
"He's been out here for eight or nine days and has had the chance to really bed in.
"He seems in good form - just like the horse we know."
Red Cadeaux showed he can never be written off when an honourable runner-up to Fiorente in the Melbourne Cup in November, after which he finished fourth behind Dominant in the Hong Kong Vase a month later.
Dunlop said: "The mild weather at home has suited him.
"Like most old people he likes the heat, and it seemed to work for us last year when he came out early.
"He seems well in himself."