In fact the trailblazing Chookie
Royale could set this up for the selection, who improved for being ridden closer to the pace when last seen on the all-weather.
Royale can follow up his Lady Wulfruna victory for Keith Dalgleish.
Royale HORSES TO FOLLOW A Boy Named Suzi, African Gold, Bally Legend, Barrakilla, Bennys Mist, Blakemount, Blue Fashion, Bronco Billy, Captainofindustry, Clean Sheet, Eastlake, Elenika, Fine Moment, Fox Appeal, Godsmejudge, Guiding George, Hada Man, Killala Quay, King's Tempest, Le Mercurey, Little Jon, Maxie T, On Tour, Our Joey, Pine Creek, Politbureau, Reyos Magos, Sew On Target, Silver Blue Native, Silvery Moon, Starchitect, Stone Light, Straidnahanna, Tango De Juilley, Tara Point, Tara Tavey, Urban Hymn, Vago Collonges, Yanworth.
Royale has yet to show he is as good at Lingfield as he is at Wolverhampton, but this rise in distance is unquestionably a positive for the highest-rated horse in the line-up.
Royale could not carry on the good work at Lingfield a fortnight ago, but he was not entirely convincing over a mile and a quarter, especially as he badly missed the break.
Second on two occasions before getting his head in front at Southwell, Chookie
Royale has shown he can handle some cut in the ground, too, which could prove to be an important factor here.
CORAL: 9-1 Out After Dark, 10-1 Continent, 11-1 Fonthill Road, Traytonic, 12-1 Fantasy Believer, 14-1 Bygone Days, 16-1 Partners In Jazz, Presto Shinko, 20-1 Chookie
Heiton, Fictional, Funfair Wane, Khabfair, Majestic Times, Merlin's Dancer, Peace Offering, Pieter Brueghel, 25-1 bar.
From an unfavourable draw and without the best of runs, Chookie
Heaton ran a very sound race and caught the eye.
William Hill: 7-1 Gift Horse, 14-1 Eisteddfod, Fonthill Road, Traytonic, 16-1 Fantasy Believer, Ice Planet, Out After Dark, Stetchworth Prince, Texas Gold, 20-1 Baltic King, Bygone Days, Chookie
Heaton, Continent, Fictional, Firenze, Just James, One Putra, Maltese Falcon, Merlins Dancer, Partners In Jazz, Patavellian, Viking Spirit, 25-1 bar.
Semple is confident that Chookie
Heiton can go one better next Saturday and, all being well, will return to the track for a crack at the valuable Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint.
HEITON roared back to his best at Beverley last month and the Scottish-trained sprinter can blow away his rivals in the ultracompetitive totes port Ayr Gold Cup tomorrow.
Heiton was back in third with Crystal Castle justified each way support, fourth at 16-1.