Group 1 winning two year-old UNFORTUNATELY got back to winning ways this weekend in the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes at Naas, continuing trainer Karl Burke’s impressive form this season.
Making up for lost ground at the start UNFORTUNATELY came from behind to steal the lead from American Pharaoh’s full brother ST PATRICKS DAY staying on strongly at the finish to win cosily by ½ a length and in doing so also beat the multiple Group 1 winner GORDON LORD BYRON.
A dual Group winning two year old, UNFORTUNATELY returned triumphant in the 2017 Gr.1 Prix Morny at Deauville beating subsequent Gr.1 winner HAVANA GREY. He also asserted his authority in the Gr.2 Prix Robert Papin when convincingly beating the Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes and Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes heroine HEARTACHE.
UNFORTUNATELY is a son of the late lamented top sprinter and leading sire SOCIETY ROCK, who now looks to be a huge loss for the industry having sired high class performers such as Stakes winning juveniles SHUMOOKHI and CORINTHIA KNIGHT as well as Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes 2nd THE MACKEM BULLET.
UNFORTUNATELY may now line up in the Gr.1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on the 20th of October.