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Clive Cox's colt on target for Royal Ascot after finishing third behind Kingsgate Native at Haydock

Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2013 12:12 | Comments

Reckless Abandon lost his unbeaten record but is reported all systems go for Ascot
Reckless Abandon lost his unbeaten record but is reported all systems go for Ascot

Reckless Abandon is likely to have the King's Stand Stakes as his Royal Ascot objective following his highly-promising seasonal debut at Haydock.

The three-year-old was only beaten a neck and a head in third place behind Kingsgate Native and Swiss Spirit when carrying a Group One penalty in the Temple Stakes on Saturday.

His trainer Clive Cox was delighted with the performance and it is all systems go for Ascot next month.

"He's come out of the race very well indeed. Bar winning we couldn't have been more pleased," said Cox.

"I'm pleased we've had a run before Ascot. I'd be more inclined to be leaning towards the King's Stand at this stage after running so well yesterday.

"We know he can stay further. The track is a little bit stiffer at Ascot and will suit him down to the ground as we know from last year's winning Norfolk performance."

Reckless Abandon, who chalked up two Group Ones from five wins in an unbeaten juvenile campaign, also holds an entry in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal meeting.

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