No Nay Never made it three from three with his win in the Prix MornyPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
No Nay Never cruises to Prix Morny success
Report: Sunday, France
Deauville: Darley Prix Morny (Group 1) 6f, 2yo colts & fillies
AMERICAN speedster No Nay Never dismissed ground and trip concerns with a blistering performance to claim his first Group 1 success for trainer Wesley Ward on his first start in the famous John Magnier silks.
Sent off second choice to Prix Robert Papin victor Vorda on rain-softened ground, the Royal Ascot winner was tackling contrasting conditions to his Keeneland debut victory on fast going over 4½f, but he blasted into an early lead and was never threatened as he maintained his unbeaten record.
Jockey David Flores, having his first ride on the strapping two-year-old, got his fractions right as the pair came home clear of the favourite with Rizeena faring best of the Brits in third.
The raw talent and explosive action that wowed at the royal meeting returned with aplomb as the enormous No Nay Never upheld the excellent form of the Norfolk Stakes with the minimum of fuss.
Ward cut a relieved figure after the race as he was considering pulling out his three-time winner beforehand on account of the ground, which was officially described as good to soft.
"Today is as good as it gets," said Ward. "Royal Ascot was very special. I've had some success over there but everybody has been so kind coming over here.
"We're at the forefront of Americans coming over. You guys come over to the States and win at the Breeders' Cup and a lot of Grade 1s. But everybody is very afraid to come over here 'cause it's a long way to go home when you get beat and a big expense at that.
"Now that I've done this in a couple of different countries I'm hoping that a couple of my buddies will come over and enjoy the racing in Europe."
Like Vorda, the Clive Brittain-trained Queen Mary winner compromised her chance with a tardy start, but she made eyecatching late headway to pip the Mick Channon-trianed Jallota for third.
"She just missed the break a little bit so we weren't were we wanted to be but she's run a cracking race," said Brittain
"You come here, you meet the best and you run a good race, you've got to be happy."
Channon added: "Well done Clive, you just did us for third. Mine's run a blinder as we were the only ones to go with the winner."