Lowther Aim For Talented No Nay Never Filly
Ken Condon’s well-regarded juvenile Celtic Beauty (2f No Nay Never - Keystone Gulch, by Gulch) gained a well-deserved maiden win when drawing clear in the five furlong maiden at Naas on Monday.
The David Kelly-owned bay was beaten a neck into third in a Group 3 contest on her second start in May and followed up with a fine runner-up performance in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Sent off the even-money favourite on Monday, she raced towards the back of the field under Billy Lee and was travelling well approaching the final furlong. Pushed along to lead inside the final furlong, she drew clear and scored by two and a half lengths with ease.
Commenting on future plans after the race, Ken Condon said, “Hopefully she will go to the Lowther Stakes next at York. They go very quick there normally and she seems to travel very easily through her races.”
Celtic Beauty is a half-sister to Australian Group performer Top Ravine and was bred by Lynch Bages out of US Stakes winner Keystone Gulch, herself a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Switch.