THE significance of the current juveniles by No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) is that they are from the crop conceived when his fee was quadrupled to €100,000 in 2019 (it went to €175,000 the following season).
The early indicators are excellent and he is responsible already for seven juvenile winners, and a pair of them at stakes level. Royal Ascot could be a bonanza for the former champion French juvenile, and Aiden O’Brien has already saddled winning sons and daughters in the shape of Blackbeard, successful in the Listed First Flier Stakes at the Curragh, Little Big Bear and Deneuve, Wesley Ward has won with No Nay Hudson at Keeneland, while David Loughnane’s strong battalion of two-year-olds includes the exciting Queen Olly.
Missing from that list is another juvenile by No Nay Never trained at Ballydoyle, Meditate. This Lynch-Bages and Rhinestone Bloodstock-bred sold to Jamie McCalmont, on behalf of MV Magnier, for €360,000 at Arqana last year, and she is now unbeaten on both her outings, last weekend annexing the Group 3 EBF Naas Juvenile Sprint Stakes. This is a race won in the past decade by stars such as Sky Lantern and Alpha Centauri.
Meditate is the second winner out of Pembina (Dalakhani), one of eight successful offspring from the listed winner Mahalia (Danehill). The eight are led by Group 3 winner and Group 1 runner-up Johnny Barnes (Acclamation), but the most successful of Mahalia’s progeny was the unplaced Tonnara (Linamix), thanks to the fact that at stud she bred a pair of Group 1 winners, Ectot (Hurricane Run) and the St James’ Palace winner Most Improved (Lawman).