Middle Park Test Awaits Reckless Abandon

Clive Cox's 2-year-old stable star will try to stay unbeaten Oct. 13 at Newmarket.

Trainer Clive Cox’s 2-year-old stable star Reckless Abandon will bid to stay unbeaten when he starts in the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I), one of two top-level races for juveniles Oct. 13 at Newmarket.

The six-furlong test attracted 10 entrants and is a feature on the "Dubai Future Champions Day" card, which is anchored by the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) and four other group stakes. The Middle Park also offers an automatic starting berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint next month at Santa Anita Park as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series.


The speed-loving Reckless Abandon has won all four career starts to date while making nearly all the pace, including the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) and Prix Robert Papin (Fr-II) in France in his two most recent starts, and Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II) in June at Royal Ascot.


Prior to his front-running win in the Robert Papin in July at Maisons-Laffitte despite veering left inside the final furlong, the Exchange Rate colt led all the way and won the Prix Morny from George Vancouver on Aug. 19 at Deauville. While leading in the Norfolk Stakes, he hung left to the outside rail about a furlong out, was headed, but battled back for the win over Gale Force Ten, who also is entered in the Middle Park.


Cox believes that some of the greenness his colt showed earlier this season has begun to disappear as he gained more racing experience.


Moohaajim meets Reckless Abandon again after finishing fifth to that rival in the Prix Morny, his lone defeat in three career starts for trainer Marco Botti.


The Cape Cross colt rebounded to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Eng-II) Sept. 22 at Newbury, overcoming traffic when brazenly driven between horses and producing a sharp acceleration late under Adam Kirby.


Kirby, who drew a three-day suspension for careless riding in the Mill Reef, has the return call in the Middle Park.


Norfolk runner-up Gale Force Ten is one of three entrants for trainer Aidan O’Brien, who also sends out Cristoforo Colombo, third to Dewhurst favorite Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot in June, and Parliament Square, third in the Prix Morny.