No Nay Never wins in record time from Coach House and Wind Fire (left)PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
US raider No Nay Never storms to impressive win
Report: Royal Ascot, Thursday
Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f, 2yo
AMERICAN raider No Nay Never finished strongly for a clear-cut victory in record time as trainer Wesley Ward worked his magic at Royal Ascot once again.
The impressive winner was sent off at 4-1 after being strongly supported in the market. Coach House, also well backed into 9-4 favourite, was second and Wind Fire third at 16-1.
No Nay Never's winning time of 58.80 seconds was a course record for two-year-olds. Informed of that fact, Ward said: "That's what we expected."
What was less expected was No Nay Never's tardy start, as he hit the gate coming out of the stalls and was unable to take the early lead. Jockey Joel Rosario kept his cool, however, and produced No Nay Never with an irresistible challenge inside the final furlong.
At the line he had a length to spare over Coach House, with Wind Fire a head behind in third. Ambiance, who forced the early pace, kept on well for fourth in a contest that may well turn out to contain several high-class juveniles.
Ward, enjoying his third Royal Ascot winner after a juvenile double in 2009, said No Nay Never had also started slowly on his debut over 4½f at Keeneland before blasting to victory.
"He kind of sits in the gate and gets relaxed, but he came through for us," Ward said after No Nay Never had justified his pre-race confidence.
Rosario, a first-time winner at Royal Ascot, said: "I'm happy to be here and it's awesome. He put it all together, took me to the lead and is a good horse."
Wind Fire, the only filly in the line-up, pleased trainer David Brown. "I knew she was a proper horse and you'd have to say she'd have won the Queen Mary based on that run," he said. "It will be all the good races, like the Lowther and Cheveley Park, now."