The Cockney Mackem proved incredibly frustrating over fences last season but was taking on very decent company, finishing second in the Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival in March. If he can transfer that form back to hurdles, he should take all the beating here though may not be one to take too short a price about. Over this trip, we'd rather have a small wager on RAIN MAC who was a decent middle-distance performer on the Flat for John Gosden and was in obvious need of the run behind surprise winner Pas Trop Tard at Perth. The Ferick needs to improve on his third at Sedgefield if he's to figure but Flicka Williams and Presenting Junior are worth noting for future reference.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Made all, hit 3 out, driven next, 2 lengths clear when not fluent last, ridden and hard pressed flat, stayed on well final 50 yards, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Beef To The Heels (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Corky Dancer 5-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out, 6th of 10, 37l behind Code Blue (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov '10.
Flicka Williams (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Towards rear, fell 1st, in a race won by Magnifique Etoile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 14 ran.
Grand Shift (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, 45l behind Regal Encore (10-3) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Made most, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 24l behind Our Joey (11-2) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw pr, not qckn 2out, ko late, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Everylasting (12-0) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gf in Apr.
Rain Mac 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch on inside, ridden before 2 out, soon switched left and outpaced, no chance with leaders between last 2, 5th of 8, 28l behind Pas Trop Tard (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Resoluton 66-1 (11-0) Always in rear, last of 6, 36l behind Dotties Dilema (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 13-8fav (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 12th, hit 4 out and pecked, soon outpaced, weakened next, held on for remote 3rd, 3rd of 5, 42l behind Hector's Choice (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G2 (1) gs in Apr.
The Ferick (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, jumped left, not fluent 2nd, reminder after 4th, mistake and lost 2nd 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 3rd of 6, well behind Glenora Gale (9-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.