Un­for­tu­nately for the rest

South Wales Echo - - SPORTS -

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.

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