THE COCKNEY MACKEM is talented but quirky. He did win over course and distance in April and over fences at Worcester last month but almost refused to race there last time. That said he was only beaten a length-and-a-quarter and, if getting away on level terms today, has every chance of adding to his tally. Castletown Bridge won a modest affair at Sligo in May but has been well beaten since and Hallmark Star has a lengthy absence to overcome, though went close on a few occasions in his first campaign over hurdles and should be winning soon. Lucinda Russell also runs Flat winner Trois Vallees while On The Buckle won a Fontwell bumper in May and could be best of the rest.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Reluctant to race, started slowly, headway from 4th, went 2nd after 9th, hard driven flat, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind One Term (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd.
Call of Duty (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Hit 1st, soon prominent, ridden 4 out, weakened after next, 7th of 9, well behind Vintage Star (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '11.
Castletown Bridge (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Towards rear, awkward jump 5th and no threat after 3 out, weakened, 18th of 19, 49l behind Ted Dolly (11-3) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Jun.
Firethorn (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear on outer, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 13, well behind Faanan Aldaar (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Hallmark Star 13-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, pushed along and lost place after 3 out, 7th of 8, 39l behind Seebright (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Military Call 28-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 7l behind Goal (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf (flat).
On The Buckle 7-2fav (10-13) Tracked leader and keen, led 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, hung right last 100 yards, won at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gf in May beating Java Rose (10-2) by 4l, 7 ran.
Trois Vallees (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar beating Copperwood (8-12) by shd, 8 ran (flat).
Wot A Shot (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Attempted to make all, soon clear, pressed and almost joined from before 3 out where fell heavily, in a race won by Dayrina (10-9) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Aug, 8 ran.
Rev Up Ruby 5-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in rear, stumbled 6f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Definite Row (11-0) at Hexham 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.
Station Closed (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind New River (10-10) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mares mdn hdl gf in Jul.