NO Nay Never has already achieved a lot, and yet this is the year that his career could
take a leap forward.
The Wesley Ward trainee won a four-and-a-half-furlong Keeneland maiden on Polytrack before defeating Coach House and a dozen others to take the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, two months before he added Deauville’s Group 1 Prix Morny.
He was runner-up in a seven-furlong Grade 2 contest on dirt at Gulfstream Park the following March and had another long gap before his second start at three, but he proved himself to be among the leading sprinters of that campaign.
Although off the track for seven months, he landed a Grade 3 contest over five and a half furlongs on turf at Keeneland one month before he beat all but Bobby’s Kitten in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over a furlong farther at Santa Anita.
He joined the Coolmore roster at an opportune time, when his sire’s star was in the ascendant, and he covered his first mares just under two months before Scat Daddy’s (Johannesburg) most celebrated son, US Triple Crown winner Justify, was born. His first offspring to go through the auction ring did so months after their grandsire’s premature death, and when that first crop featured the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Ten Sovereigns, No Nay Never’s fee quadrupled to €100,000.
It has risen again since, and what makes 2022 a potential landmark is that this is when juveniles from his first six-figure-priced season reach the track. They include 13 who made at least €300,000 as yearlings, headed by 925,000gns and 825,000gns fillies.
Ten Sovereigns went on to add the Group 1 July Cup and retire to Coolmore, and there were four six-figure prices among his first foals sold in 2021. Brooke proved No Nay Never’s progeny can stay middle distances when winning the Grade 1 Premio Las Oaks in Chile and Alcohol Free added last year’s Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Group 1 Coronation Stakes to her prior Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes.
Zain Claudette and Armor (new sire in 2022) were leading juveniles in 2021, Nay Nay Lady, Arizona (foals) and the Guineas runner-up Wichita are Group 2-scorers who have been Group 1-placed, while Land Force (yearlings) also won at that level. No Nay Never, the son of a top nine-furlong horse who got his best from five to 12 furlongs, is building a similar profile. It seems only a matter of time before he gets his first European Group 1 classic winner.
NO NAY NEVER (USA), Bay or Brown 2011. Champion 2yr old colt in France in 2013. Won four races, £413,850, from 4½ furlongs to 6 furlongs, at 2 and 3 years including, Darley Prix Morny, Deauville, Gr.1, Norfolk Stakes, Ascot, Gr.2, Keeneland Woodford Stakes, Keeneland, Gr.3, also placed second in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Santa Anita, Gr.1, Swale Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Gr.2.
Retired to Stud in 2015, and sire of the winners of 572 races, and £13,606,162, including ALCOHOL FREE (IRE), BROOKE (CHI), TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE), MANA NUI (NZ), NEED I SAY MORE (AUS), ZAIN CLAUDETTE (IRE), WICHITA (IRE), ARIZONA (IRE), CHESTNUT HONEY (IRE), MYSTERY POWER (IRE), NAY LADY NAY (IRE), SHADN (IRE), LAND FORCE (IRE), ARMOR (GB), UNICORN LION (IRE), LOVE LOCKET (IRE), VITALOGY (GB), NIKISOPHIA (IRE), HOROSCOPE (IRE), LADY OF HONOUR (AUS), NYMPHADORA (GB), ROYAL COMMANDO (IRE), SINGFORTHEMOMENT (IRE), VISUALISATION (IRE), MOSS GILL (IRE), ART DU VAL (GB), LUCCINA (CHI), NEVER NO MORE (IRE), SERVALAN (IRE), TANGO (IRE), YESTERDAYONCEMORE (IRE), ALL THE KING’S MEN (IRE) and NO NEEDS NEVER (IRE)
Stands at: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, E91 XK26, Ireland.
Contact: Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne, Jason Walsh, Tom Miller, Mark Byrne, Neil Magee, Kevin Buckley, or Hermine Bastide
Telephone: +353 (0)52 6131298