Thursday 17 January 2019

Reckless Abandon to give all at Doncaster

Reckless Abandon can remind everyone of his prowess as a sprinter by claiming the John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster.

Much has happened since the colt landed Group Ones at Newmarket and at Deauville in 2012 when in the care of Clive Cox, but he simply cannot be overlooked in a race of this nature.

Despite having been subfertile at stud, Reckless Abandon made a really encouraging return to the fray at Newmarket towards the end of August.

Reckless Abandon stayed on earnestly in a six-furlong Listed affair to finish a close third behind Tropics on what was his first outing since last October.

Now with Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, the son of Exchange Rate should be a great deal sharper for that Newmarket blow-out, while the return to five furlongs is of little consequence.

Reckless Abandon won over course and distance on his first start for Cox, which may go some way to explaining why connections decided not to send the sprinter for a race on Irish Champions Weekend.

Winner of five of his nine starts and now running without a Group One penalty, it would be a big shock if he were to take a step backwards in South Yorkshire - especially with ground conditions for the first day of the St Leger festival just about ideal.

Lincoln was a little unfortunate at Chester last month, but compensation could await in the Romero Insurance Brokers Ltd Handicap.

Mick Channon's consistent colt found his path blocked at an important stage during a mile handicap, after which he galloped strongly towards the line to finish fourth.

Although he has not won since last September, and may also be susceptible to a genuinely progressive thoroughbred, the son of Clodovil is a willing ally in these sort of races and is unquestionably due a change of luck.

Growl did not show his true colours in the Acomb Stakes at York, but he can be trusted to come good again in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes.

Ebony Express was an eyecatcher at Thirsk on his most recent visit to the races and is worthy of support at Carlisle.

Two miles is clearly his bag judged by his staying-on fifth in North Yorkshire, with any deterioration in conditions sure to be beneficial.

Framley Garth found a mile a bridge too far at Kempton in August, but the return to seven furlongs should do it for him back at the Sunbury circuit.

A humble mark of 60 is there to be exploited in the kempton.co.uk Nursery Handicap.

Not Til Monday is always a threat in the right grade and looks to have been unearthed a decent race at Uttoxeter.

The totesport Lotto Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle looks made to measure for a horse who has become something of a specialist in these sort of low-key events.

tomorrow's selections

CARLISLE: 2.20 Intruder, 2.50 Cloud Monkey, 3.25 Bright Flash, 4.00 Jolievitesse, 4.35 Bartack, 5.05 Staffhoss, 5.35 Ebony Express.

DONCASTER: 2.00 Grey Sensation, 2.30 Growl, 3.00 RECKLESS ABANDON (NAP), 3.35 Bob, 4.10 Cap O'Rushes, 4.45 Lincoln, 5.15 Adam's Ale.

GALWAY: 4.30 Dandridge, 5.00 Star Of Aragon, 5.30 Darwins Fox, 6.00 Plan A, 6.30 Hurricane Ridge, 7.00 Caolaneoin, 7.30 Lyrical Theatre.

KEMPTON: 5.45 Hamoody, 6.15 Framley Garth, 6.45 Bright Beacon, 7.15 Mishko, 7.45 Toymaker, 8.15 Restorer, 8.45 Two In The Pink, 9.15 Gracefilly.

UTTOXETER: 2.10 Deadly Sting, 2.40 Not Til Monday, 3.15 Midnight Oscar, 3.50 King Of The Night, 4.25 Spa Hill, 4.55 Qoubilai, 5.25 Ever So Much.

DOUBLE: Reckless Abandon and Lincoln.

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