Unfortunately for the rest
UNFORTUNATELY CAN MAKE it a Group One double for Karl Burke in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
This Society Rock colt has certainly not lived up to his name so far, with three wins in six starts, culminating in Prix Morny glory last time out.
Unfortunately took a little time to get rolling, winning just one of his first four outings, but he has turned a corner since landing the Prix Robert Papin in a tight finish at Maisons-Laffitte in July.
Burke’s runner showed that victory was no fluke when pitching up at Deauville last month, beating stablemate Havana Grey with relative ease, while third-placed Different League added an extra weight to the result having won the Albany at Royal Ascot previously.
A bit of ease in the ground clearly suits Unfortunately and he could prove a shrewd purchase for Cheveley Park Stud, whose colours he sports for the first time here.
Different League will also be in action at Headquarters in the Cheveley Park Stakes and she could well topple hot favourite Clemmie.
Matthieu Palussiere’s filly probably just needed the run in the Morny after what had been a reasonable absence and she was certainly not disgraced in being beaten just over a length.
Clemmie was nearly five lengths behind her at Royal Ascot and while Aidan O’Brien’s runner has certainly progressed, there is no reason to think the French challenger has not improved a little in the interim, too.
Different League has proved capable on a range of ground and that could give her the edge against Clemmie.
With Herculean ruled out of the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, Nelson’s task has been been eased slightly.
He impressed as he made pretty much every yard of the running when winning a Group Three at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend, easily accounting for a couple of stablemates with this minimum of fuss.
Front-running tactics seem to bring out the best in him and the ground should not present any problems here.
The usual bumper 35-strong field goes to post in the Betfred Cambridgeshire and Qassem is one that could go well at a decent price.
Hugo Palmer’s charge is a relatively fresh horse having had just three outings this term, winning on the Chelmsford all-weather in August before heading for hot event at York.
He had to give best to Flaming Spear on that occasion, racing prominently before just being run out of it in the closing stages.
That run came over a mile, but given that he also performed with credit over 10 furlongs at York at the start of the year, the trip holds few fears and this former French runner could still be a shade ahead of the handicapper.
It was a blow to all when Ayr has to cancel its three-day fixture last week, but Ice Age can pick up the pieces in the replacement 32Red Gold Cup at Haydock.
The four-year-old has made great strides this term and will be seeking a four-timer here having won twice at Windsor before adding a prestigious Curragh handicap event on Irish Champions Weekend at the start of the month.
Ice Age is actually 2lb well in judged against his current mark and can take full advantage.