x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Horse racing round-up: An easy victory for No Nay Never in France

Real Solution takes Arlington Million after Mike De Kock's The Apache is disqualified, Dank wins the Beverly D Stakes and Dandino provided Marco Botti with a second successive win in the American St Leger, writes Geoffrey Riddle.

Real Solution owner Kenneth Ramsey, centre, and jockey Alan Garcia, right, celebrate their win at the Arlington Million. Brian Kersey / AP Photo
Real Solution owner Kenneth Ramsey, centre, and jockey Alan Garcia, right, celebrate their win at the Arlington Million. Brian Kersey / AP Photo

No Nay Never showed that he is not just a one-trick pony when he blitzed a high-class field in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

The American raider was never headed as he jumped the gate under David Flores to win by a length, handing trainer Wesley Ward his first win at the highest level.

Vorda, the previously unbeaten French filly, finished second after running through beaten horses to remain three-quarters of a length ahead of the fast-finishing Rizeena, owned by Sheikh Rashid bin Damlook.

The win over six furlongs on good going augmented No Nay Never's success in the Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs on good-to-firm going at Royal Ascot, and a win at Keeneland on Polytrack over four and half furlongs in April.

With No Nay Never now in the ownership of the Coolmore breeding operation, it would not be impossible to see the hulking colt have a tilt at the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on October 12.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in November would also be a possibility. Coolmore's Johannesburg, No Nay Never's grandsire, won all three races in 2001. No Nay Never will head back to America on Tuesday, where Ward will make a decision on the two year old's programme.

"The race just went as we had hoped it would. We'll make a plan next week sometime," Ward told Press Association Sport.

Where Ward beat the Europeans in their own back garden, the Europeans put on a bold show in Chicago on Saturday night when Ryan Moore partnered Dandino and Dank to victory at Arlington Park.

Dank took the Beverly D Stakes, while Dandino provided Marco Botti with a second successive win in the American St Leger. Both horses received Lasix.

Real Solution won the Arlington Million after Mike De Kock's The Apache was disqualified for interference, having passed the post first under Christophe Soumillon.

Botti won the American St Leger 12 months ago with Jakkalberry, who subsequently shipped for a campaign in Australia where he was third in the Melbourne Cup. Dandino will follow the same path.

"Before this race, I thought that he is probably a better Caulfield Cup chance than a Melbourne Cup chance," Darren Dance of owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock told Australian media. "But after running out the 2,700-metre trip here, he may just be a better two-mile prospect now than we thought."

Dandino will be among the first consignment of international horses to arrive in Melbourne on September 28.

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