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June 20, 2013
US raider No Nay Never (2c Scat Daddy-Cat’s Eye Witness, by Elusive Quality) put up a stunning performance at Royal…View Article
In defeating the top fillies Vorda and Rizeena to take the Gr.1 Prix Morny, No Nay Never followed in the footsteps of his grandsire, the champion 2yo Johannesburg. He also extended his sire line’s remarkable record of Gr.1 juvenile success to an unbroken sequence of six generations. No Nay Never was unbeaten at two, having also crossed the Atlantic to land the Gr.2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot. He wasn’t just a 2yo, though, as he returned from a lengthy lay-off to take a Gr.3 sprint at Keeneland, before finishing second in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
It is hardly surprising that No Nay Never possessed the precocity and speed demanded by many commercial breeders. His sire Scat Daddy has proved highly effective as a sire of 2yos, while at the same time showing that he can upgrade his mares. Scat Daddy’s 2015 2yos include the excellent total of six Graded/Group winners, one of them being the very fast Acapulco (Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes and second in the Gr.1 Nunthorpe).
No Nay Never is inbred 5x3x4 to Mr Prospector and he has several distant lines of Northern Dancer.
Three other members of the Storm Cat male line have sired Gr.1 winners from daughters of DANEHILL and another has a Gr.1 winner from a mare by DANSILI. No Nay Never can be expected to suit daughters of Danehill’s faster sons, such as DANEHILL DANCER, FASTNET ROCK, KODIAC, EXCEED AND EXCEL, MOZART, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, DANSILI, CLODOVIL, DANETIME and AUSSIE RULES. Mares by CHOISIR and MASTERCRAFTSMAN could also reinforce his juvenile ability.
The GREEN DESERT branch should also help reinforce No Nay Never’s speed and precocity, especially daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, OASIS DREAM, CAPE CROSS, DESERT STYLE and KHELEYF.
Fast horses from the NUREYEV line could suit, such as daughters of SOVIET STAR, PIVOTAL, CAPTAIN RIO and KYLLACHY.
No Nay Never has three lines of MR PROSPECTOR, a stallion whose female descendants did consistently well with STORM CAT and his son GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. No Nay Never could therefore suit mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND and SHAMARDAL, who create only 5×4 to STORM CAT.
MONTJEU had an outstanding record with Mr Prospector line mares, so his daughters should do well with No Nay Never, with his three lines of Mr Prospector. The same applies to HIGH CHAPARRAL mares, as High Chaparral owes two of his Gr.1 winners to Mr Prospector line mares. GALILEO mares could also work, as Galileo is doing very well with mares by Storm Cat and also has a Group winner out of a grand-daughter.
Expect to see No Nay Never make his mark with the quick-maturing ROYAL APPLAUSE and with his son and grandson ACCLAMATION and DARK ANGEL.
UNBEATEN G1 WINNER AT 2 YEARS – RATED 118P BY TIMEFORM
GROUP WINNING SPRINTER AT 3 YEARS
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