Mosse teams up with Abandon
Cox star heads line-up
Last Updated: October 8, 2012 5:35pm
French jockey Gerald Mosse will travel to Newmarket this weekend to partner top juvenile Reckless Abandon in the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes.
Adam Kirby partnered the Clive Cox-trained juvenile to win his maiden at Doncaster and the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but a lengthy ban picked up for his use of the whip on the latter occasion meant Mosse came in for the ride when he won the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.
Mosse, who was in Group One-winning action at Longchamp on Sunday, then partnered the youngster to an impressive victory in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
"The horse is in good form and Gerald Mosse will ride him on Saturday," said Cox.
Kirby will ride the Marco Botti-trained Moohaajim in the six-furlong Group One contest.
He was fifth behind Reckless Abandon in the Morny, having met trouble in running, and has since landed the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury under Kirby.
Kirby said: "They are two very special horses and to be honest, I don't think there is a lot between them.
"We'll find out on Saturday."
Botti is, however, hoping the ground does not deteriorate substantially.
Botti said: "We went to Newbury with confidence. It's always dangerous to say beforehand that 'we're going to win', but we were confident.
"Adam Kirby had sat on him and said, 'he's definitely one of the best two-year-olds I've ever ridden'. So we were positive, but at halfway I thought we were in trouble - I couldn't see a gap. He was boxed in, travelling well but I couldn't see how he was going to come out of there.
"So he had to just try and make a gap. Once he had daylight, he was always in control of the race.
"He came out of the race in very good order and we have been very happy with the horse. He had an easy piece of work at the weekend and went fine - so it's so far, so good.
"It would be frustrating and a big concern if the ground went too soft because he is a good mover. By Cape Cross, in theory, he should handle a little bit of cut but I wouldn't like to try him on soft ground yet.
"I think eventually he will get a mile. I wouldn't be concerned to step him up to seven furlongs this year but just because the Middle Park and Dewhurst are on the same day, it makes sense to stick at six.
"The way he settles in his races, I can't see why he wouldn't stay further. Physically, there's still some growing in him - so next year he will be stronger. I think he will be a miler."
Kevin Ryan could saddle Blaine, last seen winning the Gimcrack Stakes at York, and Hototo.
Aidan O'Brien has Cristoforo Colombo, Gale Force Ten, George Vancouver and Parliament Square in the mix, while fellow Irish trainer Jim Bolger could be represented by Wexford Opera.
Heavy Metal, Master Of War and Taayel complete the 12 entries.