No Nay Never ex Great Trip filly
Purchased from the Arqana Vente 2, which provided 2 Classic winners in 2018, this filly is by Coolmore's young super sire NO NAY NEVER.
The biggest, breakthrough sire of 2018 and 2019 is No Nay Never, there can be no question of that. Champion first crop sire in 2018, he’s the sire of the mighty dual Group 1 winner Ten Sovereigns, Arizona - winner of the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Mystery Power - stylish winner of the Gr.2 Superlative Stakes, Land Force - winner of the Gr.2 Richmond Stakes and Wichita, the recent Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes, to name just a few of his headline acts!
He is the sire of our Ripon, Hornblower Conditions race winner, Ventura Lightning so we are beginning to fall in love with the sire. He is currently delivering a mammoth Black type horses to runners’ percentage and a colossal rate of winners to runners. In 5 years’ time, No Nay Never could easily be rivalling the mighty Galileo himself, if he continues on his upward climb. Read more about her sire here: https://coolmore.com/stallions/no-nay-never.
Since sending our first yearling to Mark Johnston just 3 years ago, Ventura Knight, we’ve experienced nothing but success, with Ventura Knight winning 7 races and being rated a career high of 104. On the back of that, we sent Mark the subsequent Listed, Group 3 winning and Group 2 placed Marie’s Diamond. In fact, every horse we have had race with Mark has been a winner and we see no reason why anything should change with this year’s Mark Johnston yearling cohort!
We’ve had to push the boat out to be lucky enough to secure his fantastic yearling filly by the super sire. Our Mark Johnston yearling filly, hails from a fabulous family that excels with its 2yo’s, but being out of a winning, Lemon Drop Kid mare, there is every reason to believe that this good sized, athletic filly, will have the scope and substance to train on, into her 3yo career too. Mark has an illustrious list of top class fillies, notably Attraction, Main Edition, Raffle Prize, West End Girl and Walk In Marrakesh to name but a few, so we’d love to believe our filly could emulate her stable mates in 2020 and 2021.
She qualifies for French Owner Premiums, which adds 64% to all earnings achieved on French soil, so we will clearly have one eye on opportunities across the Channel should they arise for our latest No Nay Never acquisition.
We can’t wait to see her on the track in 2020 and beyond, from a family that contains the stallions No Nay Never, Lemon Drop Kid, Kingmambo, Johannesburg, Elusive Quality and Danzig, you’d struggle to find a better bred individual.
Please see her walk and profile videos in the Gallery.
Listen to what our Bloodstock agent Nicolas de Watrigant said after he signed for her here.
Read the post sale story about her purchase here: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/235339/shalaa-filly-leads-the-way-in-arqana-v2-sale
Pedigree Update (4th November): Racing Post - "Ten Sovereigns' success in the July Cup was the pinnacle of another big year for No Nay Never, who has again received a sizeable fee increase, having been upped to €150,000 for 2020, just 12 months after his fee was quadrupled to €100,000." See the leading 2nd crop sire stats in the gallery, with No Nay Never sitting in 2nd (17th Nov')
Progress report (14th January): In the gallery, you can see a video of her on the gallops at Middleham yesterday. She’s now doing 2* daily canters as she builds up her preparation work. She’s the apple of Richie McGrath's eye as he’s been breaking her in and working her and he says that she has a bit of class about her. She’ll continue to do twice daily canters for the next couple of weeks and then she’ll move over to Mark’s yard at the end of January to continue her build up to the turf season. Her dam started off as a 2yo over 7f and was best over a mile and No Nay Never looks to be a speed influence so it’ll be interesting to see over what trip she’s likely to start off over, but we’ll get a better gauge when Mark ups her workload.