Wichita (No Nay Never) Wins the Gr.3 Tattsersalls Stakes at Newmarket

No Nay Never Colt Blows Them Away In Tattersalls Stakes

A step up to Group 1 company appears imminent for Wichita (2c No Nay Never - Lumiere Noire, by Dashing Blade), after the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt romped home in Thursday’s Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

Successful on debut at the Curragh last month, he was last seen finishing a close second to the talented Molatham at Listed level. Sent off favourite for those efforts, he tracked the leader under Ryan Moore and asserted from over two furlongs out, racing clear to win by seven lengths on the line.

Paul Smith, whose father Derrick owns Wichita with Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor, later mentioned the Dewhurst Stakes and Vertem Futurity as possible targets.

The son of No Nay Never was bred by Max Ervine, who sold the bay through Keith Harte for 140,000gns as a yearling to Amanda Skiffington and MV Magnier. He is the best performer out of his dam, herself a Listed winner and a half-sister to Grade 1 victor Desert Blanc.

No Nay Never’s covering fee rose to €100,000 following a stand-out season with his first crop, of whom Ten Sovereigns went on to provide him with his first Group 1 success this season. The son of Scat Daddy boasts six individual Group winners and ten individual Listed winners to his name.