Pair Of No Nay Never Juveniles Post Smart Performances
Hispanic (2c No Nay Never - Fork Lightning, by Storm Cat) realised his potential on Thursday when running out an ultra-impressive winner of the five furlong maiden at the Curragh.
Third on debut and fourth next time out, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt dropped back to the minimum trip on his third start and was ridden prominently by Seamie Heffernan. Shaken up to draw clear approaching the final furlong, he needed little encouragement to extend his advantage to eight lengths on the line.
Speaking after the race, O’Brien said, “Seamus said he let him go at the two-furlong pole and it was over. It just goes to show you what can happen when a horse is mentally a little bit backward. He's very fast. He showed a lot of speed and then he quickened off that pace.”
Bred by Whisperview Trading, the exciting son of No Nay Never is owned by Coolmore, Westerberg and O’Brien.
Keziah (2f No Nay Never - Rhodalia, by Galileo) also appears to have a bright future ahead of her after making a winning debut at Chantilly the previous day.
The Henri-Alex Pantall-trained bay was one of nine to line up for the conditions race for two-year-old fillies over a mile and one furlong. Held up at the back of the field by Maxime Guyon, she showed signs of inexperience in the early stage and was asked to quicken after turning for home. Ridden from two furlongs out, she ran on well to lead a furlong later and kept on to deny the favourite by three parts of a length.
Keziah was bred by Ecurie des Monceaux and Loick Fouchet, who own the daughter of No Nay Never with Guy Heald. She becomes the first winner out of the Galileo mare Rhodalia, whose yearling filly by Wootton Bassett sells at Arqana next week.