08/20/2017 1:30PM

Unfortunately having a most fortunate summer in France


The English-based colt Unfortunately is having a fine summer in France.

Unfortunately won his second consecutive group stakes for 2-year-olds in the Group 1 Prix Morny at six furlongs on turf Sunday at Deauville Racecourse. Havana Grey, who set the pace, finished second, giving trainer Karl Burke a sweep of the exacta in the eight-horse field.

Unfortunately (5-1) closed from fifth to take the lead in the final sixteenth under jockey Tony Piccone. Unfortunately pulled clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths over 6-1 Havana Grey, who finished a nose in front of 4-1 Different League, one of five fillies in the race.

The $411,320 Prix Morny was the Group 1 debut for Unfortunately.

Tantheem, the winner of the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg at Deauville on July 31, finished seventh as the 6-5 favorite.

Unfortunately, who is by Society Rock, has won half of his six starts. The colt won the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, near Paris, on July 23.

Burke, who is based in Middleham, England, said Unfortunately will be pointed to the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on Sept. 30.

The 14-1 outsider Ajman Princess scored a front-running upset in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Deauville.

Ridden by Andrea Atzeni for English trainer Roger Varian, Ajman Princess was never truly threatened in the stretch and won by 1 1/4 lengths over 5-1 Siyoushake. Left Hand (7-2) closed from the middle of the field of 10 to finish third.

So Mi Dar, the 3-2 favorite, finished fifth. She raced on the inside to the stretch, but failed to quicken in the final quarter-mile, losing by four lengths.

Ajman Princess, a 4-year-old filly by Teofilo, has won 3 of 11 starts. The $293,800 Prix Jean Romanet was her first group stakes win. She was last of 11 in the Group 1 Irish Oaks in 2016.

Varian mentioned the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4 as a possible goal for the autumn, along with the Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly on Oct. 1.