THE COCKNEY MACKEM could be worth following now he's got his head in front over fences. He's always had ability, as his second in a Grade 3 handicap at the Cheltenham Festival last year proves, and gets 6lb here from the hat-trick-seeking One Term. Swaledale Lad finished a long way behind the latter at Bangor in July but still looks the pick of the remainder with The Nephew having plenty to prove at present.
One Term (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Led until 2nd, tracked leader, pecked 5 out, led before 3 out, easily, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Aug beating Foreverpresenting (11-5) by 9l, 6 ran.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, blundered 2nd, left 2nd behind clear leader 4th, jumped right 7th, closed from next, led soon after 9th, jumped right 4 out and when mistake 3 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug beating Candelita (10-7) by 9l, 7 ran.
Checkmate 100-1 (11-0) Held up in 5th, went 3rd at 6th, went left 4th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind According To Trev (11-0) at Southwell 3m beg chase (4) gd in Aug.
Mosstown (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Chased leader 1st until 8th, weakened quickly next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sonofagun (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Nicks Power (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up, always towards rear, 12th of 13, 47l behind Sea Lord (11-11) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Red Rosso 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Oliver's Gold (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed before 5th, chased winner before 12th until weakened from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 27l behind One Term (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Jul.
The Nephew (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Led, soon clear, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sedgemoor Express (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Train Of Thought (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders early, dropped to 9th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Burrenbridge Lodge (11-5) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl hvy in Sep '12, 16 ran.