Reckless set for Middle Park
Cox aims Abandon at HQ prize
Last Updated: 01/08/12 12:30pm
Reckless Abandon: Middle Park hopeful
Clive Cox will be targeting the Dubai Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket with his useful juvenile Reckless Abandon.
The race takes place on Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 13, along with the £300,000 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.
Cox is hoping Reckless Abandon can continue an excellent start to his career in this year's Middle Park, which has received 56 entries.
The son of Exchange Rate, unbeaten in three starts, won the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 21 and the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons Laffitte comfortably on July 22.
Cox, based at Beechdown Farm in Lambourn, said: "Reckless Abandon has been entered in the Dubai Middle Park Stakes. The intention at the moment is to go for the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on August 19 and then possibly head to Newmarket.
"I am very happy with him and he seems to have thrived since Ascot. He has come back from Maisons Laffitte in very good order and we have been delighted with the progress he has made this season."
Other notable contenders include David Wachman's Group Two Railway Stakes victor Probably, while fellow Irish handler Aidan O'Brien's 10 entries are headed by Norfolk Stakes runner-up Gale Force Ten.
Richard Hannon's four engaged include Group Two TNT July Stakes winner Alhebayeb and Prix Robert Papin runner-up Sir Prancealot.
A total of 92 entries for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes includes Dawn Approach, who currently heads the betting for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket following a dominant display in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.
His trainer Jim Bolger has a phenomenal record in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, having won four of the last six renewals and he could also run Grafelli, who is following a well-trodden path after winning the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on July 26 - a race Bolger won with New Approach and Teofilo on route to Dubai Dewhurst glory.
Mars, ante-post favourite with bookmakers for next year's Investec Derby at Epsom, is one of 29 entries from O'Brien, who could also saddle Group Two Coventry Stakes third Cristoforo Columbo and impressive maiden scorers Theatre, Flying The Flag and The United States.
Richard Hannon's Olympic Glory finished second in the Coventry Stakes, but has since won the Group Two 32Red.com Superlative Stakes at Newmarket by a head from David Simcock's Birdman on July 14 and runs today at Goodwood.
Hannon's other possibles include the unbeaten Toronado, while Michael Bell and John Gosden have entered exciting maiden winners Azrur and Ghurair respectively.