Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f
- (2yo, 6f, Class 1, 10 runners)
- Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040 5th £4,035 6th £2,025
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.06s
- Off time: 14:22:32
|1st||9 Reckless Abandon||9/4j|
|3rd||3 Gale Force Ten||nk||33/1|
|2||124 8-12||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||11/1|
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 62
|2||124 8-12||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||112||9/2|
Gale Force Ten 49
|2||124 8-12 p||A P O'Brien||C O'Donoghue||104||33/1|
Heavy Metal 21
|2||124 8-12||M Johnston||J Fanning||110||25/1|
|2||124 8-12||K A Ryan||L Dettori||102||16/1|
Master Of War 21
|2||124 8-12||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||110||12/1|
Moohaajim (IRE) 21
|2||124 8-12||M Botti||A Kirby||9/4j|
Parliament Square (IRE) 30
|2||124 8-12 p||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||113||18/1|
Reckless Abandon 55
|2||124 8-12||C G Cox||G Mosse||9/4j|
Wexford Opera (IRE) 15
|2||124 8-12 t||J S Bolger||K J Manning||85||50/1|
||2||8-12||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||25/1|
Look no further than RECKLESS ABANDON in this Group 1 race. Clive Cox's unbeaten colt took the step up to this level in his stride at Deauville in August when winning the Prix Morny and can confirm running with both Parliament Square and Moohaajim. The latter has since landed the Mill Reef and should go well here as he beat Master Of War and Heavy Metal at Newbury. Blaine also beat Heavy Metal when winning the Gimcrack at York and he looks sure to be in the firing-line but Gale Force Ten was outpointed by the selection in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot earlier. Stablemate Cristoforo Colombo clipped heels and fell last time but had finished a respectable runner-up in a Group 2 at the Curragh before that and makes more appeal than Hototo and Wexford Opera.
Reckless Abandon 6-4fav (8-13) won at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug beating George Vancouver (8-13) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Moohaajim (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, travelling well when not clear run and switched sharply left over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, ridden out, won at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep beating Master Of War (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Gale Force Ten Evensfav (9-3) Soon close up in 3rd, niggled along 2f out, no extra from 1f out, lame, 6th of 7, 10l behind Three Sea Captains (9-3) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Aug.
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 6-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, not clear run 1 1/2f out, pushed along when clipped heels and fell 1f out, in a race won by Pedro The Great (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Aug, 6 ran.
Parliament Square (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 21, 2 1/4l behind The Gold Cheongsam (8-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Hototo 9-2 (8-12) Led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed when edged left 1f out, kept on, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 21, 2 3/4l behind Body And Soul (8-1) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) sft.
Master Of War 9-2 (9-1) Led, gradually brought field to near side rail after 2f, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed and outpaced inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Moohaajim (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Wexford Opera (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, just failed, 3rd of 9, hd behind All Ablaze (8-4) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Sep.
Blaine 6-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden and edged left just over 1f out, joined inside final fulong, pulled out extra close home, won at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug beating Heavy Metal (9-1) by hd, 8 ran.
Heavy Metal 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along and went 2nd halfway, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Moohaajim (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.