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Reckless Abandon bids for Middle Park glory

RECKLESS ABANDON will attempt to maintain his unbeaten record this afternoon when lining up in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Trained by Clive Cox, the juvenile has improved all season, winning the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, before two victories in France, the most recent the Prix Morny at Deauville.

Cox said: "I'm pleased they haven't had the amount of rain that was forecast as I felt it was lovely ground when I walked it on Thursday. I thought he won the Morny decisively and he continues to mature."

Adam Kirby partnered Reckless Abandon on his first two starts, but has opted for Moohaajim, with Gerald Mosse keeping the ride on Reckless Abandon. Marco Botti, who trains Moohaajim, does have  ground concerns.

"We have had a bit more rain here than I would like to have seen but it's windy enough so hopefully it should dry out," he said. "He has won only on good ground and he has a good action so it's bit of an unknown how he will handle it."

Also on the card, Dawn Approach will press his claims for next year's Classics in the Dubai Dewhurst, with the Betfred Cesarewitch providing the big punting race of the day.

There is also action at York, plus jump racing at Chepstow, Hexham and Fairyhouse in Ireland. Wolverhampton race on the Polytrack this evening.

Chepstow: Soft.
Hexham: Heavy.
Newmarket: Good to soft.
York: Heavy, soft in places.
Wolverhampton: Standard.
Fairyhouse: Soft to heavy, heavy in places.

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