Reckless Abandon completed his ascension to the top of the juvenile ranks with an authoritative victory in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 19.
The son of Exchange Rate remains undefeated in four starts for trainer Clive Cox and owners Miss J. Deadman and S. Barrow. In addition to the Morny, Reckless Abandon has notched stakes victories in the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-II) and Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II).
A field of 11 went to the post in the Morny, with Reckless Abandon going off the strong 7-5 favorite. His chief rival appeared to be the Freddy Head-trained Mazameer, winner of the Prix de Cabourg (Fr-III) in his last start. Trainer Aidan O'Brien sent out two runners, George Vancouver and Parliament Square, and Richard Hannon was represented by the group II-placed Sir Prancealot.
Reckless Abandon, who is known to act a bit quirky both before and during a race, acted up a bit once again at the starting gate, but once loaded was a total professional. The colt broke alertly under Gerald Mosse and went right to the lead, Mosse guiding him to the left in order to secure the rail.
Using the rail as a guide, Reckless Abandon kept a straight course and led throughout the race to win by three-quarters of a length. The O'Brien duo closed well to round out the trifecta, with George Vancouver nabbing second by a short neck over Parliament Square. Sir Prancealot was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.
The final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.60 over the good turf course.
After the race a delighted Cox told reporters, "Mentally he has his own ideas sometimes but he's very talented and we're very happy."
Reckless Abandon was bred in England by Car Colston Hall Stud. He is out of the mare Sant Elena, a winning daughter of Efisio who is a half sister to grade I winner Ticker Tape.