Secret looks a strong Asset

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: June 28 2013, 21:24 BST

Chris Wilson fancies Secret Asset at Newcastle on Friday - he has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Secret Asset (l): Dropped back in class

CHESTER: 6.15 Heskin, 6.50 Polar Kite, 7.25 Star Lahib, 7.55 Broughton, 8.25 Magic City, 9.00 Mystical Man.

CURRAGH: 5.25 Calorie, 6.00 Jayed Jidan, 6.30 Illustrate, 7.00 Star Power, 7.30 Most Improved, 8.00 Fionnuar, 8.30 Saxo Jack.

DONCASTER: 2.00 Hi Filwah, 2.30 Talent Spotter, 3.00 Malachim Mist, 3.35 Royal Guinevere, 4.10 Al Mukhdam, 4.45 Soryah, 5.20 Twelve Strings.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 Viva Verglas, 2.40 Baytown Kestrel, 3.10 Titus Bolt, 3.45 Crimson Knot, 4.20 Weetentherty, 4.55 Dr Irv, 5.30 Just A Pound.

NEWCASTLE: 6.05 Floating Along, 6.40 Rufoof, 7.15 Reckoning, 7.45 SECRET ASSET (NAP), 8.15 Robert The Painter, 8.50 Mutafaakir, 9.20 Lucies Diamond.

NEWMARKET: 5.55 Qanan, 6.30 Flippant, 7.05 Benoni, 7.35 Deira Phantom, 8.05 Miss Lahar, 8.40 Tajheez, 9.10 Asian Trader.

YARMOUTH: 2.20 Arbeel, 2.50 Hail Promenader, 3.20 Green Monkey, 3.55 Double Cee, 4.30 Dandy, 5.05 Peace In Our Time, 5.40 Dark Templar.

DOUBLE: Secret Asset and Al Mukhdam.

Secret Asset can make a triumphant return to handicap company in the Betfred Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle on Friday.

Jane Chapple-Hyam's sprinter is perhaps the most fascinating horse in this line-up, and could prove a cut above if he is anywhere near at his best.

Interestingly, this will be Secret Asset's first start in a domestic handicap since he struck by a neck at York in August 2011.

The eight-year-old has gone on to run some very big races in top-class company, not least when a short-neck second in the Prix de l'Abbaye two years ago.

That said, anyone prepared to back Chapple-Hyam's inmate at Newcastle will be aware of his recent decline, when he has been nearer last than first in most of his races since last May.

His trainer's decision to drop him back into this company therefore appears wise.

Secret Asset loves to compete in hurly-burly handicaps of this nature, and is, crucially, now just 1lb higher than when he won at York.

The sparingly-campaigned Reckoning should be supported earlier on the card in the Betfred/British Stallion Studs EBF Hoppings Stakes.

Jeremy Noseda's filly already has some good form in the book in Listed races and possesses a lot more scope than a number of these moderate-looking rivals.

Al Mukhdam would hold sporting claims in the Preserve Access To Justice Handicap at Doncaster.

The Peter Chapple-Hyam colt is a very tough little horse, having impressively made all of the running to win at Nottingham on his penultimate start in April.

Similar tactics very nearly worked the oracle at Haydock in May, but he succumbed by a nose to Hay Dude, who has since fought his corner in better races.

Al Mukhdam continued to battle on once the game looked up on Merseyside, which is always great to see from a horse.

A 4lb rise might not necessarily mean the end of the world here.

Crimson Knot often goes well at Musselburgh and could be the solution to the Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap at the Scottish circuit.

Alan Berry's mare is twice a course-and-distance scorer and looks reasonably well handicapped if her best form is taken into account.

She might be happier if there is a bit of cut in the ground, but the five-year-old was a real eyecatcher on a brisk surface at Ayr last time, when she flashed home over five furlongs to finish a close-up third.

Hail Promenader, meanwhile, could rattle a few cages in the Handicap at Yarmouth.

Anthony Carson's seven-year-old has endured quite a lean spell, but is not devoid of ability and is 7lb lower than when he won here last summer.

He did not run that bad a race on his last start over course and distance in May, with this one-mile encounter seemingly quite a bit weaker.

Miss Lahar can be backed in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Newmarket.

Mick Channon's filly takes a distinct drop in grade here and would be a deserving winner following a decent third at Salisbury.

Heskin looks the one in the Liverpool One Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Chester.

Richard Fahey's filly would not have to improve a great deal from recent runs at York and Doncaster, with this seven-furlong trip likely to be just the ticket.