Sunday, Maisons-Laffitte, France
PRIX ROBERT PAPIN-G2
, €130,000, Maisons-Laffitte, 7-22, 2yo, c/f, 5 1/2fT, 1:04.00, gd/sf.
1--RECKLESS ABANDON (GB), 128, c, 2, by Exchange Rate 1st Dam: Sant Elena (GB) (SP), by Efisio (GB)
2nd Dam: Argent du Bois, by Silver Hawk
3rd Dam: Wiener Wald, by Woodman
(£24,000 yrl '11 DONAUG). O-Julie Deadman & Steven Barrow; B-Car Colston Hall Stud; T-Clive Cox; J-Gerald Mosse; €74,100. Lifetime Record: GSW-Eng, 3-3-0-0, €128,505. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Sir Prancealot (Ire)
, 128, c, 2, Tamayuz (GB)--Mona Em (Ire), by Catrail. (€52,000 wnlg '10 GOFNOV; €140,000 yrl '11 GOFSPT). O-Andrew Tinkler; B-Dermot Cantillon & Forenaghts Stud; T-Richard Hannon; €28,600.
, 128, c, 2, Falco--Oceanique, by Forest Wildcat. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere; T-Carlos Laffon-Parias; €13,650.
Margins: 1HF, 2HF, SHD. Odds: 2.40, 3.00, 5.30.
Also Ran: Penny's Picnic (Ire), To My Valentine (Fr), Sara Lucille (GB), Sage Melody (Fr), Via Chope (Fr).Click for the Racing Post chart or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Click for Equidia video
Reckless Abandon gave hint of guidance issues when prevailing by two lengths in a May 19 Doncaster maiden, and those early clues were in evidence once again when he charted a wayward path to an ultimately impressive victory in the June 21 G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot last time. Gerald Mosse, who partnered Arazi to victory here in 1991, took over from regular partner Adam Kirby and, despite a minor jink in the closing stages, the bay justified hefty local support to retain his perfect tally. He joins an illustrious honor roll that includes Blushing Groom (Fr), Ma Biche, Divine Proportions and Natagora (Fr). Reckless Abandon missed a beat at the kick, but was into stride quickly and soon raced at the head of affairs. Coming under pressure as rivals loomed large passing the quarter-mile marker, he took a false step with 300 meters remaining, but was soon on an even keel along the stands' side rail and ran on strongly to best G2 Coventry S. fourth, and fellow Britsih raider, Sir Prancealot with a degree of panache. "I'm really pleased with that performance and delighted he's won for Julie Deadman and Steven Barrow," commented trainer Clive Cox. "I wouldn't go so far as to say [jockey] Gerald [Mosse] was never in any danger of coming off, but he did jink left a bit. It's something we are not familiar with at home, but he's clearly very talented. That is the easiest race he's had, and I am over the moon. We'll probably come back to France for the [Aug. 19 G1] Prix Morny [at Deauville] next. I think he's extremely exciting--you get a knot in your stomach when he goes out on the track, and today you can see why."