No Nay Never Celebrates Stakes Success And Exciting Newcomer
Servalan (3f No Nay Never - Catch The Eye, by Oratorio) gained her second Stakes success when coming with a late run to win the Listed Yeomanstown Stud Stakes at Naas on Wednesday evening.
The win came over six furlongs, the same course and distance as her Listed win as a juvenile, after which she was beaten a length and a quarter in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. Second in a similar contest on her three-year-old return in May, the Jessica Harrington-trained filly shared favoritism with the Fozzy Stack-trained Woody Creek (Zoffany) and was ridden to chase the leaders by stable jockey Shane Foley.
Short of room when producing a challenge over a furlong out, she quickened well when a gap appeared to deny Woody Creek (Zoffany) in the shadow of the post. Speaking after the race, Harrington said, “When they go that quick and she relaxes, she's got some devastating turn of foot. Shane said they went very quick. She loves that ground.”
Owned by Vimal Khosla, Servalan was bred by Mrs Noeleen McCreevy out of the Stakes-placed mare Catche The Eye, whose Camelot two-year-old colt sold for €180,000 at last year’s Arqana Breeze-Up Sale.
Servalan completed a double for No Nay Never on the card, following the debut success of Vitalogy (2c No Nay Never - Sylvestris, by Arch) in the six furlong maiden.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained colt, who runs in the colours of Fergus Galvin, raced towards the back of the field and made good progress over a furlong out under Shane Crosse. Switched right entering the final furlong, he ran on strongly to lead close home and beat Arranmore by half a length.
The winning trainer later commented, “When the penny dropped with him in the last half a furlong he quickened up very well - he looks an above average horse. He should have learned plenty and would have to go into stakes company now.”
Bred by Mr WA Tinkler, Vitalogy was a €120,000 purchase at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale from Mocklershill. He is out of the black-type mare Sylvestris, while the third dam produced dual Group 3 winner Arch Swing, placed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Group 1 Matron Stakes and Group 1 Falmouth Stakes.