John Joseph Murphy's BORN TO EXCEL has found just the one too good in each of his last two outings in Ireland and he looks worth backing to go one better today on his British debut, getting the vote ahead of Sunny Future and Ocean Transit. Russell Price's mare showed improved form here last time and the dual hurdle winner has every chance on that evidence of resuming winning ways on the level but she may just be a shade high in the weights. Make Amends has disappointed in two starts since winning at Newbury last month, while Jane Chapple-Hyam's Starkat could probably do with some help from the handicapper. Sunny Future has been running consistently well of late and he should be thereabouts again but a better bet looks to be Born To Excel, who can make the journey from Ireland a successful one.
Starkat 9-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, lost place over 8f out, headway 2f out, edged left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Proud Times (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ocean Transit (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Led and set slow pace, headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Critical Path (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Make Amends (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 7l behind Critical Path (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sunny Future (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, chased winner over 3f out until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Aestival (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Sagredo (USA) 33-1 (9-2) In rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 7l behind Agapanthus (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Mr Udagawa 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened towards finish, 8th of 10, 7l behind Critical Path (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Born To Excel 7-2fav (9-7) Led, ridden from 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 16, nk behind Force Of Habit (9-12) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-60 gd.