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Reckless Abandon - Norfolk Stakes Royal Ascot 21.6.1

Reckless Abandon: won two Group 1s as a two-year-old

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Classy sprinter Reckless Abandon retired to stud

RECKLESS ABANDON, who won two Group 1s during a brilliant, unbeaten two-year-old season, has been retired.

He had been among the entries for Saturday's Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot but was not confirmed on Monday and Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson revealed the colt will now join Darley's roster of stallions.

"It is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another," said trainer Clive Cox.

"He has been a magnificent horse to deal with.

"He was an amazing two-year-old and this year was pretty special too. He was a very good horse, very talented - to have two sprinters like him and Lethal Force [winner of the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup] at the same time was special."

Reckless Abandon won all his fives races as a two-year-old in 2012, landing the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte in Group 2 company before scoring at the highest level in the Prix Morny at Deauville and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Rather than being trained for the 2,000 Guineas, he was campaigned solely in sprints this season and though he did not win in three races he finished third in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in the spring and was beaten just over two lengths into fifth behind Maarek in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp last time.

He was originally bought for just £24,000 at Doncaster as a yearling by Julie Deadman and Stephen Barrow, to whom he was leased back for the rest of his racing career after he was sold to Darley prior to his Middle Park triumph.

He will stand at Darley's Kildangan Stud in County Kildare next year.

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