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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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 11.06s
  • Off time: 14:22:32
  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 14:55 BST

Reckless Abandon retained his unbeaten record in a thrilling renewal of the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Reckless Abandon: Retained his perfect record with a sparkling performance
Reckless Abandon: Retained his perfect record with a sparkling performance

An eagerly awaited renewal of the six furlong Group One contest didn't disappoint with the market principals fighting out the finish.

Gerald Mosse was able to resume his partnership with Clive Cox's youngster after Adam Kirby elected to ride Moohaajim for Marco Botti and Mosse rode an inspired race.

The Exchange Rate colt has shown a tendency to hang to his left thus far and the veteran French jockey was keen to secure the stands' side rail and rousted his mount along in the early stages to win the battle for the early pace with the speedy Hototo.

Once in front, Mosse was able to slow the gallop and save his charge's energy for the stiff finish and that proved vital as Moohaajim appeared to force his head in front inside the final furlong.

Reckless Abandon had conserved enough energy to fight back, however, and battled back to score by a neck and a neck with rank outsider Gale Force Ten running a huge race in third.

Clive Cox "It's a privilege to be here and I think we'll dine out on this for some time to come."
Clive Cox

His stablemate, Cristoforo Colombo, struggled to go the early gallop but stayed on well for pressure, following the principals through on the rail without every looking likely to have the pace to throw down a meaningful challenge.

Reckless Abandon was winning for the fifth time this season having already secured the Norfolk Stakes, the Prix Robert Papin and the Group One Prix Morny.

Mosse said: "We got a chance to get to the lead without too much pressure.

"He picked up quite well and he kept fighting.

"When I pressed him a bit hard, he answered.

"Today he was lovely."

Cox said: "I'm just delighted for everyone involved - it's just a fantastic day.

"He's very talented."

Sky Bet left the winner and runner-up unchanged at 20-1 for next year's 2,000 Guineas.

Cox said: "When the lads let him go to the start he jumped forwards and Gerald did an amazing job to sit tight.

"It's a privilege to be here and I think we'll dine out on this for some time to come.

"He's still very much on an upward curve and I thought he showed a great attitude to carry on right the way to the line.

"He won't run again this season but we need to digest things first.

"He's clearly got a lot of speed but, luckily, there are a lot of months to go before we have to make any decisions about what we do next season."

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Botti said of the runner-up: "It was a good run. He just got beaten, but they look like two very good horses.

"I know it has dried out, but the ground is quite soft.

"For a couple of furlongs I thought he wasn't running like he usually does.

"Adam said he let him find his feet and the winner just pulled out a little more at the end.

"We'll have to consider the Guineas and he should make a better three-year-old than a two-year-old."


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