European Stakes Double For No Nay Never
Art Du Val (3c No Nay Never - Aquarelle Rare, by Rainbow Quest) kickstarted a Stakes double for his sire on Sunday when taking the Listed Prix de Saint-Patrick at Saint-Cloud in the colours of Godolphin.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt was last seen in February when taking the Meydan Trophy at Meydan, while finished second in a Listed contest at Deauville in October and won on debut in August, those being his only three starts.
Breaking well to lead, he was soon headed but regained the advantage after the two furlong marker and ran on well when asked to beat Tantpispoureux by three parts of a length, with a further six lengths back to the third horse. He becomes the first black-type winner out of his dam, who was bought for €120,000 carrying him, though his breeders DJ and Mrs Deer were swiftly rewarded when Art Du Val sold for 120,000gns as a yearling.
Later in the day in Italy, Chestnut Honey (3c No Nay Never - Ardea Brave, by Chester House) followed up on his breakthrough black-type win earlier in the month when taking the Listed Premio Merano.
Tracking the leaders, he was asked to challenge three furlongs out, improving to join the lead approaching the final furlong and ran on well to win by a length and a quarter. Trained by Alduino Botti for Effevi SRL, Chestnut Honey was bred by Camogue Stud and is a half-brother to Travey Collins’ ultra-consistent Captain Joy.