Champion two-year-old and Group 1 winning juvenile sprinter UNFORTUNATELY is set to stand the 2020 breeding season in Ireland at Springfield House Stud. UNFORTUNATELY is the top-rated performer by Champion First Season Sire SOCIETY ROCK, who has proved to be a great loss to the Irish stallion ranks.
Cheveley Park Stud managing director Chris Richardson said: “As with all the Cheveley Park stallions, we’ll be supporting him with our own broodmare band as well as at the sales.
“We’ve a long and successful relationship with the Fitzsimons/Coffey family who care for our bloodstock in Ireland and we look forward to standing Unfortunately in partnership with them.
“Cheveley Park’s Newmarket-based stallions have always attracted strong support from Irish-based breeders and given our increased involvement in Irish racing it’s an ideal opportunity for us to strengthen that connection.
“In addition, Unfortunately’s sire Society Rock has had exceptional results from the mares he covered at Tally-Ho Stud and the pool of mares available to him in Ireland will provide him with increased opportunities to become a successful son of his sire.”
Springfield House owner and manager Reddy Coffey added: “It’s a great opportunity for Irish breeders to use a Group 1-winning son of Society Rock who was precocious and fast. He’s a must-see individual, with a super walk and has developed great muscle tone.
Trained by Karl Burke, UNFORTUNATELY demonstrated great speed and precocity to win the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin. On his next start he put in a superb display to capture the Group 1 Prix Morny, pulling clear of Havana Grey and Different League, recording the second fastest time in the race for the last half century. UNFORTUNATELY also returned to the track as a three-year-old to scoop the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes at Naas.
UNFORTUNATELY is in excellent hands with Linda and Reddy Coffey, who have raised multiple Group 1 and Classic winners such as Blue Point, Marsha and Cockney Rebel at Oak Lodge and Springfield House Stud.