There are few sadder sights in sport than watching the once-great trying to dredge up some remnant of past glories as their career reaches it’s late twilight. (Everton fans, welcome to the 2017/18 season).
In racing terms, the 12 year old sprinter Secret Asset (1630 BST), turning up for a low grade Chepstow event is one such fall from grace.
In 2011, this horse lost the Prix de L’Abbaye – one of the main Group 1 5f events of the season, by just a short head. Not long after, his handicap rating peaked at 114.
After that, it has been a long low decline. He did though show enough last year, aged 11, to pick up a win off the reduced mark of 77.
Well a desperate run of form since then sees him turn up here in the bargain basement off a mark of just 55, and with a 7lb claimer reducing that to an effective mark of 48.
The easy conclusion is to expect another in a list of mostly abject performances. That said, his last run for this jockey at Bath 3 runs ago was a fair staying on 4th of 7. Two bad runs later and he is 10lb below that Bath run.
It is asking a lot of such an aged and ageing veteran, but the handicapper has invoked the Help The Aged plan with the ratings and may just have been generous enough to give Secret Asset a final winning chance.
Recommendation: Secret Asset, (1630 Chepstow), 1pt win, 12/1 generally available
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