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Reckless Abandon - Norfolk Stakes Royal Ascot 21.6.1

Reckless Abandon: had been a 9-1 chance to win the July Cup

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Abandon misses July
Cup as 12 go to post

RECKLESS ABANDON was a high-profile absentee as 12 runners were declared for the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

An unbeaten juvenile, Reckless Abandon has returned as a three-year-old to gain a third place in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock before finishing fifth behind Sole Power in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

As a result of those efforts, Reckless Abandon had been made a 9-1 chance for the highlight of the July festival at Newmarket but will not be lining up.

Trainer Clive Cox said on Thursday: "Well, we're all very disappointed obviously but he's got a very swollen gland under his jaw which has basically appeared this morning and looks like it's developing into an abscess. Which I'm sorry to have to report and obviously that's the reason he's not been declared to run on Saturday.

"We were all systems go until this morning and on discovering this situation - and it has happened quite rapidly. The vets have seen it already this morning and it's very active.

"It is early days but obviously we're treating it immediately and hopefully it'll respond soonest and we'll be back on track. We've been very pleased with him to this point and that's the disappointing thing about it all. But you can only deal with these things as they happen really."

Reckless Abandon's stablemate Lethal Force was declared for the 6f dash as he attempts to follow up his tour de force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot while joint-favourite Shea Shea will also go to post.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien last won the July Cup with Starspangledbanner in 2010 and relies on Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten on Saturday. The three-year-old wears blinkers for the first time and is partnered by Ryan Moore.

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