No Nay Never

No Nay Never's Aesop's Fables Powers To TDN Rising Stardom at Navan

Aidan O'Brien's juvenile band is approaching full swing and the trainer's latest representative to hit the track, Coolmore and Westerberg's Aesop's Fables (Ire) (No Nay Never), earned 'TDN Rising Star' status with a taking debut display in Saturday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Navan. The 5 3/4-furlong dash was annexed last year by subsequent G3 Marble Hill S. runner-up, G2 Coventry S. fourth and G2 Railway S. third Masseto (GB) (Territories}) and Royal Ascot options abound for the half-brother to that meeting's Listed Windsor Castle S. hero Washington DC...

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Observations: Half to Washington DC Debuts

2.00 Navan, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, 5f 164yT AESOP'S FABLES (IRE) (No Nay Never) is the latest potential Royal Ascot star to appear for Ballydoyle in 2022 and a notable one as a half-brother to that meeting's Listed Windsor Castle S. winner Washington DC (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}). Along with that sire, whose career win total included the G3 Phoenix Sprint S., this February-foaled bay is also a half to the stable's G3 Chester Vase runner-up Sandhurst (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and he meets Peter Brant's Curragh third Midnight Toker (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}),...

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Tattersalls March Online Sale Topped By No Nay Never Gelding

Hamlet (Ire) (No Nay Never) (lot 14), a 2-year-old gelding, brought a sale-topping 26,000gns during the Tattersalls March Online Sale that wrapped on Wednesday. Offered by Johnstown Stud, the son of the Group 3 Musidora S. third Pandora (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was purchased by Mount Racing's John Quinn. Quinn commented, "He has a lovely pedigree and is a nice, scopey individual. I was able to visit where he's been prepped and was very pleased when I saw him move. The Tattersalls Online platform is a great vehicle for a sale...

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Observations On The Stallion Scene

It is a question that has long fixated the bloodstock industry: which stallion can be caught as he rises to the top? As we know, those good stallions can be hard to find. Opportunity is naturally a key element to early success, but a stallion still needs to make the most of the chances afforded to him and for every one that lives up to expectations, there will be also be plenty who flop. As often said, horses are a great leveller and with that in mind, there is also...

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Tattersalls Online Catalogue Available

The catalogue for the Tattersalls Online Sale scheduled for Mar. 23 has been published online and can be viewed at A total of 32 lots will feature in the 11th sale conducted on the Tattersalls Online platform, including a diverse range of Flat and National Hunt prospects and a selection of breeding stock and 2-year-olds. Among the highlights is the Johnstown Stud draft of four lots sold as part of the Late Sir Robert Ogden's complete dispersal, including a pair of No Nay Never 2-year-old colts, one out of...

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Armor Retired To Bouquetot

This season's G3 Molecomb S. scorer Armor (GB) (No Nay Never-Hestia {Fr}, by High Chaparral {Ire}) has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2022 at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy. He will stand for €5,000. A €55,000 Arqana October yearling purchase by Al Shaqab Racing, Armor was a debut winner in April for trainer Richard Hannon. He took the Molecomb on his third start in July and was fourth in the G1 Prix Morny before placing in the G2 Flying Childers S. and G1 Middle Park S....

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Wootton Bassett Leads 2022 Coolmore Roster

Wootton Bassett (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}), who will stand for €150,000 in 2022, leads the Coolmore Stud roster next year. Following the passing of his former stablemate, the breed-shaping Galileo (Ire) earlier this year, the dark bay has continued to burnish his reputation with 12 of his progeny winning stakes-eight at group level--in 2021. The fillies Incarville (Fr) and Zellie (Fr) took the G1 Prix Saint-Alary and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac, respectively, increasing his overall Group 1 winners to five. Juvenile colts Royal Patronage (Fr), Atomic Jones (Fr) and Topgear (Fr)...

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Half-Brother to St Leger Third Debuts at Dundalk

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features a half-brother to G1 St Leger third The Mediterranean (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 16.45 Dundalk, Mdn, €14,000, 2yo, c/g, 8f (AWT) Atlantic Thoroughbreds' 140,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate ATLANTIC BREEZE (IRE) (No Nay Never), a Donnacha O'Brien trainee, is a son of MG1SP G2 Queen Mary...

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Bold Pinhook Paces Book 1 Opener

By Emma Berry and Kelsey Riley NEWMARKET, UK--Philipp Stauffenberg is well known for being a pretty fearless pinhooker but he surpassed even his own decent results of the recent past when selling a full-sister to Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) to Cheveley Park Stud for 825,000gns. A further compliment to the filly's family was paid by having the team from Juddmonte as underbidders, and this type of scenario was in Stauffenberg's mind when he paid €260,000 for lot 110 at Goffs last December. "She was a very good physical but...

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Goffs History Runs Deep At Camas Park

A snapshot of history, that of the Shergar (GB) colt Authaal, takes pride of place on a wall in the bar within the Goffs sales auditorium. Close to four decades have passed since that image was taken of the white-faced youngster and a celebratory Trish Hyde following his sale for Ir3.1 million gns to Tote Cherry-Downes. It had been a record-breaking transaction, a moment of enough consequence to hit the national news, and for vendor Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud, one that had repaid handsomely on the colt's Ir325,000gns...

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Roasting Start To Tattersalls Ireland September

NEWMARKET, UK--Ah, the yearling sales. It's a long old season and sometimes the more elderly members of the press desk can get a little jaded by the halfway point, not to mention discombobulated. After all, we're at a Tattersalls Ireland sale in Newmarket, where instead of selling in guineas or euros, the horses are changing hands in sterling. But every now and then a feelgood story comes along to soften even the stoniest of hearts. Let's face it, the day started pretty well: the sun shone and the free ice-cream...

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Lowther Glory For No Nay Never's Zain Claudette

Improving again off her success in the G3 Princess Margaret S. at Ascot July 24, Saeed Al Tayer's Zain Claudette (Ire) (No Nay Never) made the three-pound penalty of Sandrine (GB) (Bobby's Kitten) tell as she denied that G3 Albany S. and G2 Duke of Cambridge S. winner by a length in Thursday's G2 Sky Bet Lowther S. at York. Always in the perfect spot closely tracking the pace, the 6-1 shot was delivered on the front end by Ray Dawson with a furlong remaining as Kirsten Rausing's previously-unbeaten 6-5...

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