Most of these have either been hurdling or arrive out of form. FLASH CRASH is the exception and will likely start a short price as he bids for a hat-trick. He scored by nearly four lengths over track and trip last time and should have too much for Layline. The latter has gone off the boil since his course and distance victory back in November when he had Murcar well behind in fifth. Hunting Ground steps up in trip and Old Way was well beaten despite finishing third over 1m6f here during the week.
Darroun (IRE) 2-1fav (9-8) Soon tracked leader, on terms 6f out, headed from 3f out, dropped to 6th into straight, no extra from 2f out, 8th of 10, 34l behind Abou Ben (8-8) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 sft in Jun.
Layline (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leader, lost 2nd 9f out, chased clear leading pair until ridden over 2f out, rallied to modest 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Norfolk Sky (9-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Murcar 6-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 6, 11l behind Layline (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Hunting Ground (USA) 20-1 (8-13) Prominent, under pressure over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 20, 33l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Flash Crash 5-6fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, edged left, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Easydoesit (10-0) by 4l, 4 ran.
Good of Luck 14-1 (9-4) Started slowly, held up in rear, headway on outside to 4th over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon hung left and beaten, lost modest 4th over 1f out, last of 5, 23l behind Between Us (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug '12.
Old Way (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, reminder 7f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards and closed on 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Echua (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.