Reckless Behavior set for Southwell action after Uttoxeter frolics

Bailey runner gave pub-goers an unusual sight on Saturday

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Trainer Caroline Bailey is hoping Reckless Behavior will be on his best behaviour at Southwell on Monday – after getting loose and finding himself on the streets of Uttoxeter on Saturday.

The seven-year-old unshipped rider Sean Bowen at the start of the H Brown & Son Recycling Handicap Chase on Midlands National day, and went on to crash through the rails and exit the racecourse.

Bailey said on Sunday: “I’m not sure how he actually got out of the racecourse, but I gather he lobbed over a few roundabouts and ended up outside a pub. I’m sure the people inside must have thought they were seeing things after watching the rugby.

“A lady followed him out of the racecourse and I gather she was the one who caught him, but I’m not sure.

“I’m told a few people came out of the pub to see what was going on, which you would do if you saw a horse with a saddle and a number cloth on him outside!”

She added: “He’s actually not a nasty horse at all – he’s just very sharp.

“I think it’s a nerves thing as much as anything. We’d freshened him up since his last run and sometimes he doesn’t channel his quick mind in the right direction.

“The vet inspected him afterwards and he was absolutely fine. We cantered him this morning and everything was good, so we’re trying again at Southwell tomorrow.”

“He needs soft ground, so we have to run him and if he behaves himself I hope he’ll run well.”

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