ROYALE KNIGHT has won twice over fences and once over hurdles since resuming his career back under Rules. It was a conditionals' event that he won over the smaller obstacles at Plumpton last time so he has no penalty here and, proven on the ground, he'll be a short price to complete a four-timer. Romney Marsh may have needed her run at Plumpton last month and is probably the one for forecast-backers though Sweet Prince arguably has more scope, despite showing little so far. The others are easy to ignore.
Royale Knight 8-11fav (11-1) Mid-division, headway 8th, led 3 out, clear before last, ran on well, won at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Terra Bleu (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Romney Marsh 28-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 9th, soon chasing leaders, weakened 2 out, 5th of 11, 21l behind Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Sweet Prince (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, ridden 6th, weakened after next, 9th of 10, 35l behind Makari (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Market Maker (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, ridden in 4th before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 10, 20l behind Award Winner (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Whitcombe Spirit 7-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders in rear, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Inthejungle (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) sft in Apr, 4 ran.
Formedable (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Held up and well off the pace, headway after 10th, left modest 3rd and hampered 2 out, 3rd of 11, 24l behind Champs De Bleu (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr '11.