Reckless Abandon: cut for the 2,000 Guineas after Middle Park successPICTURE: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Reckless Abandon so game in Middle Park
Report: Newmarket, Friday
Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f, 2yo
DESPITE boiling over during the preliminaries, Reckless Abandon refused to give up his unbeaten record. Headed inside the last half a furlong by Moohaajim, Gerald Mosse galvanised the front-runner and got back up to win his second Group 1.
Jumping well and bagging the rail from a wide draw, Mosse attempted to make all on Clive Cox's unbeaten Morny winner. But as the field entered the final furlong, Moohaajim and Gale Force Ten looked threatening.
The Marco Botti-trained Moohaajim, niggled into contention by Adam Kirby - who is reported to have had his choice of the two joint-favourites - actually taking the lead and looking to hold off the late charge of the Aidan O'Brien colt.
That part he managed, repelling Gale Force Ten by a neck, but as Moohaajim looked slightly unbalanced when in front, Reckless Abandon took advantage, rallying under Mosse in tenacious fashion to again get the better of the Morny fifth.
Cox said: "It's a privilege just to be here and I'm still tingling after that performance. We knew after Doncaster we had something a bit special but he's improved physically with each run and that was just amazing.
"I was a little bit worried running into the dip as they started to come at him but he's found more when asked - he's so tough. We will have to see about next year.
"I've no idea how far he might get and we have to seriously consider where we go with him. I would think he's finished for the season as there's not an awful lot of options left but I will discuss it with everyone involved."
On Moohaajim, Botti added: "I was a bit worried about the ground and it's still on the soft side of good. When they jumped out for a couple of furlongs I thought he wasn't actually travelling as he usually does.
"Adam said he let him his find his feet and once he came on the bridle took his chance, but the winner found a bit more. We have to be happy. I am pretty sure he will stay further next year.
"The Guineas has to be considered and I think it's still a plan. He has a pedigree to be a better three-year-old. He will definitely get a mile so there is still improvement to come."
BetVictor reacted by cutting Reckless Abandon to 16-1 (from 25) for the 2,000 Guineas, while Coral and William Hill went 20-1 about both the winner and runner-up.