ROYAL WEDDING is two out of two around here and, though racing for the first time since April 2011, usually plies his trade at a higher level and goes well fresh. He can concede weight to inferior rivals. Mission Complete and Last Shot still have some scope, however, and Venetian Lad is another regular here and has won two of his last three, though over further than this. Papradon has been a reformed character this year but Bai Zhu has become disappointing and Tout Regulier didn't build on his victory in Bangor in August. Sawago may also find a few of these too strong.
Royal Wedding 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 3rd, clear before 3 out, ridden and mistake 2 out, kept on from last, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr '11 beating Take A Mile (11-4) by 12l, 7 ran.
Bai Zhu (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, blundered badly 11th, behind 13th, pulled up after 16th, in a race won by Fairoak Lad (11-4) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May, 15 ran.
Mission Complete (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 5th, mistake and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Beggar's Velvet (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 6 ran.
Tout Regulier (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent 8th, went 4th from 7th until before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 37l behind Houston Dynimo (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Sep.
Papradon 13-2 (10-6) Led, ridden approaching last, bumped and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Ballybough Gorta (10-6) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Last Shot (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Raced wide, held up in 6th, dropped to last at 9th, closer order when left 5th at 10th, no impression from 3 out, 5th of 9, 40l behind Forever My Friend (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Sawago (FR) 7-2 (10-4) Tracked leader, led after 5th, clear briefly before next, mistake 7th, headed 8th, weakened 10th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Allerford Jack (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Venetian Lad 7-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Zhukov (11-5) by 15l, 10 ran.