THE early demise of the dual Group 1 winning sprinter Society Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) was a blow to Tally-Ho Stud, and especially after just three seasons at stud.
His death was even harder to take when his first crop included the Group 1 Prix Morny winner Unfortunately, the second featured The Mackem Bullet, a Grade 2 winner who came so close to winning the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, and his final crop had as its star the Royal Ascot Group 2 winner A’Ali.
In all, Society Rock, who captured the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, sired six stakes winners and seven stakes-placed runners.
Unfortunately was bought for a bargain €24,000 as a yearling and acquired by Cheveley Park Stud after he won the Prix Morny. He added a Group 3 over six furlongs at Naas as a three-year-old and, when he retired to stud in 2019, his owners chose to stand him in Ireland with Reddy and Linda Coffey at Springfield House Stud. Unfortunately has some 34 two-year-olds on the ground, and his first few runners have now yielded his first winner.
Second on her debut to Beautiful Eyes, who has won again since and is unbeaten, Looking For Lynda has come out again and won comprehensively by more than three lengths on her second start. She is trained by Karl Burke, who also handled the career of Unfortunately, and it is also appropriate that the winner was bred in partnership by the Coffey’s Springfield House Stud and Hollymount Stud.
In a further piece of serendipity, the dam of Looking For Lynda, the thrice-raced Designated (Dutch Art), was bred by Cheveley Park Stud, as were the next three dams, Entitled (Pivotal), Noble One (Primo Dominie) and Noble Destiny (Dancing Brave).
Reddy and Linda Coffey paid just 3,000gns for Designated at the Tattersalls July Sale carrying Looking For Lynda, her first foal and winner. Now they have a yearling full-brother to sell in the autumn.
The pedigree came within half a length of another important update this week when Designated’s half-sister Theoretical (Bungle Inthejungle) was runner-up at Thirsk, and this steadily improving three-year-old looks to be a winner-in-waiting. If she does go on to be successful she will be the first to do so from the progeny to date of the dual winner Entitled, a full-sister to Peeress (Pivotal).
A top-class racemare, Cheveley Park Stud’s Peeress beat her own sex in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes and all-comers in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, before going down by a short head in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
She is dam of the stakes winner Ladyship (Oasis Dream), and that mare in turn bred the Group 3 winner Dark Lady (Dark Angel).