Royale is head and shoulders above all of his rivals on the ratings and will be helped by the 5lb claim of Shirley Teasdale.
As well as lifting this contest two years ago, Chookie
Royale finished second 12 months ago, and his three scores this winter show he's still firing on all cylinders.
Royale defied his wide draw to see off Sir Maximilian by two and a quarter lengths that day, with Horsted Keynes well behind after reportedly bleeding from the nose.
Royale can follow up his Lady Wulfruna victory for Keith Dalgleish.
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.
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.
Keith Dalgleish's charge made every yard of the running, keeping on to good effect, and given they race off the same terms here, Chookie
Royale has plenty in his favour.
Royale is worthy of support in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes.
resumes rivalry with the battle-hardened Pertemps Networks on six pounds worse terms but the Mick Easterbytrained stayer was a well beaten fourth at Dunstall Park and I fully expect the placings to be confirmed this afternoon.
Best bet on Southwell''s card could be Chookie
Avon, who competes in the DavidBellingham Scrambles To 50 Handicap.