When the Clive Cox-trained Reckless Abandon was a late absentee from the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in early-September, it looked very much as though he might not be seen again this term after racing just twice during an abbreviated 2013 campaign.
The speedster enjoyed an outstanding two-year-old term being unbeaten in all five outings including victory in the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville, (where he defeated George Vancouver by three-quarters-of-a-length). Another top-flight success came his way when battling back to beat Moohaajim after being headed to narrowly land the Group 1 Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Reckless Abandon has run well on both starts this season although he has failed to get his head in front.
The son of Exchange Rate did little wrong on his seasonal return in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock, winning his race on the far side but finishing third overall – beaten just half-a-length – by the smart Kingsgate Native. Only a 4/1 shot in the racing odds for the 19-runner Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Cox’s three-year-old again acquitted himself well in finishing a close fifth behind Irish star Sole Power, another run that suggested he would go close in plenty of top sprints this term.
A series of niggling setbacks have however limited Reckless Abandon’s appearances of late, but after missing out at Haydock Cox believes he has his charge back where he wants him and intends to prepare him for the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp on October 6 at the Paris track, a race often run on very testing ground.
Having won the Middle Park Stakes on good to soft ground it seems that last year’s top juvenile sprinter can handle cut in the ground, so if given the green light to run in the big race the chance of Reckless Abandon should be taken very seriously by people thinking of betting on the event.