No Nay Never Paddock

Arqana Ends With Pair Of Six Figure Yearlings By No Nay Never

As the progeny of No Nay Never continue to go from strength to strength on the track, so does their popularity in the sales ring and Tuesday’s session at Arqana was no different.

Two yearlings by the in-demand son of Scat Daddy brought six-figure returns at Part 2 of the Yearling Sale, with agent Nicholas de Watrigant first to strike for Lot 423 from Haras des Capucines. Bought for €120,000 on behalf of Middleham Park Racing, she is the first foal out of the winning mare Great Trip and comes from the family of top sprinter Dayjur, Group 1 winner Sky Beauty and Grade 1 victor Tale Of Ekati.

Commenting on the syndicate’s most recent acquisition, Middleham Park’s Tim Palin said, “Nicholas highlighted this as perhaps his standout horse of the day and she’s by a super-exciting sire in No Nay Never. We've got a No Nay Never we bought at the breeze-up sales from Con Marnane, who ironically was the underbidder here. That horse [Ventura Lightning] has just won the Hornblower at Ripon and we're hoping this one could be at least as good. She'll go to Mark Johnston.”

Just ten lots later, the same price of €120,000 secured a son of No Nay Never consigned by Haras du Logis Saint Germain. Laurence Benoit of Broadhurst Agency cast the winning bid for the first foal out of Ida The Fox, a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 Prix Jean Prat victor Zelzal.

Explaining the colt’s appeal, Benoit commented, “Obviously No Nay Never is the stallion of the moment and this horse will come back for the breeze-up next spring.”