His campaigning eventually succeeded in securing the pair Royal
pardons after they served three years.
Also in the race are the unbeaten pair Royal
Mix and Dark Ranger.
Preference though is for Truckers Tavern, the 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, who will relish both course and ground and receives 1lb from the Sue Smith pair Royal
Emperor and Chives.
At Kelso yesterday Sue Smith was in great form when the Dominic Elsworth-ridden pair Royal
Emperor and Cill Churnain supplied the Bingley trainer with a double.
My Indy has, unfortunately, drawn three in the UAE Derby and I will have to fight my way out, and it is tough contest and Mike de Kock's pair Royal
Vintage and Honour Devil will be difficult to beat.
Either way, the Peter Marsh is virtually guaranteed a competitive turn-out, with horses like Haydock specialist Kingsmark, the highly rated Hindiana, Grand National hope Hanakham and the Martin Pipe-trained pair Royal
Predica and You're Agoodun among the 24 entries.
Rivals in the UAE Derby will include the De Kock pair Royal
Vintage and Honour Devil, who have won the Al Bastakiya and UAE 2,000 Guineas this season.
The Sue Smith-trained pair Royal
Emperor and Chives head the weights for the 13-runner Grade 3 contest.
THE season's leading conditional rider, Christian Williams, celebrated his biggest ever payday in the saddle after the Paul Nicholls-trained pair Royal
Auclair and Perouse collected the two most valuable events on the card.
In December 2002, he was scrutinised over his riding of the Burke-trained pair Royal
Insult and Legal Set after both horses drifted on the exchanges and finished down the field.
Among the mares he owned was In Neon, renowned as the dam of top-class pair Royal
Anthem and Sharp Cat, and he also bred last year's Grade 1 Test Stakes winner Lady Tak.
Johnson added that the Wylie-owned pair Royal
Rosa, a 340,000gns purchase in May, and Lord Transcend, are looking good, but said: "I am waiting for it to rain - I can't get them on my grass because it is too fast.