SIBLINGS to both of Deauville’s Group 1 winners, juvenile colt Blackbeard (No Nay Never) and the four-year-old filly Aristia (Starspangledbanner) will be offered at next month’s Goffs Orby Sale.

Ciaran Conroy’s Glenvale Stud consigns Lot 93, Newstead Breeding’s full-sister to the Aidan O’Brien-trained Blackbeard, who beat Persian Force and another O’Brien runner, The Antarctic, to win the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny on Sunday for the Coolmore partners.

The February 5th-born daughter of Europe’s leading two-year-old sire No Nay Never is the second produce of her dam Muirin (Born To Sea.

Successful on her debut, Muirin’s second start saw her finish fourth in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, behind the Ballydoyle trio of Happily, Magical and September, and one place ahead of Alpha Centauri. No surprise then that she should produce a talented runner, and Blackbeard is also winner of the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin, the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes and the Listed First Flier Stakes.

Muirin was sold as a yearling at Tattersalls Ireland to Eddie Lynam for €41,000, and she is also a Goffs graduate as she was sold by Baroda and Colbinstown Studs to the Broadhurst Agency for €210,000 at the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale. Muirin is one of four winners out of Group 3 winner Girouette (Pivotal), purchased as a broodmare prospect by the Tsui family for 380,000gns.

Only €20,000

Incredibly, Girouette, now the grandam of a contender for 2022 European champion two-year-old honours, was sold last December at Arqana to Zied Romdhane for just €20,000, carrying a full-sibling by Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit) to Muirin. I wonder if it was a filly.

This week the Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby, who inspected the yearling filly for the Goffs Orby Sale, said: “This is a very special filly with all the attributes of a top-class racehorse.”

What a year it is for No Nay Never (Scat Daddy). He is now the sire of five individual Group 1 winners and two of these are 2022 juveniles, Blackbeard joining with the recent Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Little Big Bear.

No Nay Never is also sire of four-time Group 1 winner Alcohol Free and dual Group 1 winner Ten Sovereigns, and at two they annexed the Cheveley Park Stakes and Middle Park Stakes respectively.

It was quite a weekend for No Nay Never two-year-olds as his winners also included the unbeaten Group 2 Debutante Stakes and Royal Ascot winning filly Meditate, and the unbeaten Group 2 Futurity Stakes winner Aesop’s Fables.

Buyers at the Goffs Orby Sale will have a total of 25 yearlings by the Group 1 Prix Morny and Group 2 Norfolk Stakes winner to choose from.


Also for sale will be a Rathasker homebred half-brother to Group 1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet winner Aristia.

Trained by Richard Hannon for Bunny Roberts, the Starspangledbanner (Choisir) four-year-old was previously a listed winner, though she had shown Group 1 form when runner-up in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Aristia was purchased by Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock for 85,000gns.

Lot 327 is by the Burns’ family’s Bungle Inthejungle (Exceed And Excel), already successful at the highest level with his runners thanks to the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Winter Power. As well as being a half-brother to Aristia, the April 7th-foaled colt boasts a pedigree full of blacktype.

The bay is also a half-brother to the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes winner Glorious Sinndar (Sinndar) in Australia, and to the dam of Domagno (Planteur), successful in the Listed Premio Mauro Sparigia in Italy and a winner in France too. Their dam Aloisi (Kalanisi) has now produced seven winners, all of her runners, and what a bargain purchase she was a decade ago when acquired for €14,000 at Arqana.

Es Que

Aloisi was placed many times, but six of her siblings did win. She is a half-sister to the excellent broodmare Es Que (Inchinor) who is the dam of four blacktype winners, headed by the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase hero Dominant (Cacique), the Group 2 Lennox Stakes winner Es Que Love (Clodovil), and the Group 2 winning mare Listen In (Sea The Stars).

Aloisi’s dam Bellona (Bering) was a listed winner and group-placed in France and is a half-sister to outstanding broodmare In Clover (Inchinor). A Group 3 winner herself, her three Group 1 winning offspring are the Prix de l’Opera heroine We Are (Dansili), her full-sister With You (Dansili), and the Prix du Cadran winner Call The Wind (Frankel)

Goffs director Nick Nugent inspected the Rathasker colt for the Orby Sale. He said “I clearly remember Aristia as a yearling in a field at Rathasker, and the high regard I had for her then. It was great to see her win a Group 1 and I’m delighted that her half-brother will be at Goffs at the end of next month”.