Asset on target
Jane Chapple-Hyam has confirmed that Secret Asset is on course for another crack at the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
The grey failed by a short neck to peg back Tangerine Trees in the big Longchamp sprint and will try again on Sunday.
Secret Asset ran creditably in Group One sprints in Dubai and Singapore in the spring but the long journeys took their toll and he cut no ice in either the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot or the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
However, Chapple-Hyam reports the seven-year-old to be firing again.
"He's doing well and is due to run in the Abbaye," said the Newmarket trainer.
"He had hard Dubai and Singapore trips, where both times he came back to England and then set off again.
"Probably it would have been better if we'd have gone straight from Dubai to Singapore to keep him to a similar climate, but you never know if you are going to get invited to these international races.
"Even though he ran a great race in Singapore where he finished third in the Group One race, the Krisflyer Sprint, I think it just bottomed him to come back and ask him go to Royal Ascot.
"He was well in his coat and eating, but deep down the travelling took more out of him than it showed from the normal light cantering and cantering. Come gallop day he just found it too hard.
"Then at Glorious Goodwood he didn't get the run of the race that day. It was a strange race."