No Nay Never Colt Storms Clear In Group 3 Anglesey Stakes
Little Big Bear (2c No Nay Never - Adventure Seeker, by Bering) shot to favouritism for next year’s 2,000 Guineas after storming clear to win the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.
Narrowly denied on debut in April, the Aidan O’Brien-trained bay ran out an impressive winner next time out and followed up in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. Sent off favourite to complete a hat-trick, he raced in second under Ryan Moore and improved to lead approaching the two furlong marker. Pushed clear inside the final furlong, he kept on strongly to win by four and three quarter lengths with ease.
Speaking after the race, O’Brien said, “Little Big Bear always showed us a lot. He's a smooth traveller, very uncomplicated and Ryan said that the response was very quick when he asked him. He ran through the line and Ryan thinks he might even be a National Stakes or a Dewhurst horse.”
Bred by Camas Park Stud and Summerhill, Little Big Bear hails from No Nay Never’s most exciting crop to date, having been bred off the back of his champion first season sire title.
Midnight Mile (2f No Nay Never - Ruby Tuesday, by Galileo) became their sire’s latest juvenile winner that evening when making a smart debut in the fillies’ novice stakes at Doncaster.
Trained by Richard Fahey for owner/breeder Richard Henry, the bay was positioned in midfield by Harrison Shaw and was shaken up to make headway two furlongs from home. Ridden approaching the final furlong, she kept on well to lead 110 yards out and scored by three parts of a length.