5.25 Wolverhampton – GLOBAL EXCEL (nap)
The selection, trained by Ed Walker, is a nicely-bred son of Exceed And Excel who shaped better than the bare result on his second outing in a 1m novice race at Kempton last October (33/1 chance), waited with and racing enthusiastically under restraint, travelling better than most into the straight and making some progress two furlongs out, fading markedly inside the final furlong to come home 11th of 14 behind Kassar (beaten 7 lengths). His third and final outing at two came in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham a month later (8/1 chance), soon prominent and travelling nicely to the two furlong marker, ridden soon after and dropping away inside the final furlong to come home in sixth behind King’s Proctor (beaten 11 lengths). This colt travelled notably well to a point on each of those two runs, closing onto the heels of the leaders before fading inside the final furlong at Kempton, and, though ridden more positively, again shaped like a non-stayer at Nottingham. It’s no surprise therefore to see him dropped in trip for this handicap debut, a half brother to a 6/7f winner and by a noted speed influence; from an opening mark of 69, it’d be rather disappointing if this son of Exceed And Excel wasn’t able to make much more of an impact now.