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First Japanese Graded winner for No Nay Never as Unicorn Lion blitzes rivals

The Coolmore sire is now responsible for 29 individual stakes winners

No Nay Never: son of Scat Daddy sired his first Japanese Graded winner
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Unicorn Lion blitzed his rivals in the Naruo Kinen at Chukyo on Saturday to earn No Nay Never his 29th individual stakes winner, and first Graded winner in Japan.

Ridden by Ryusei Sakai, Unicorn Lion kicked clear of his 12 rivals rounding the home turn and eased to a three and a half-length win over Shonan Bardi. Blast Onepiece was another three-quarters of a length back in third.

A half-brother to Group 1 winner The Wow Signal - who has also sired an elite-level scorer in French 1,000 Guineas heroine Coeursamba - Unicorn Lion is one of four winners from five to race out of Muravka.

The mare’s progeny also includes Listed winner Miss Infinity, who placed at Group 2 level in Newmarket.

No Nay Never, the sire of three top-level winners including July Cup hero Ten Sovereigns and Cheveley Park winner Alcohol Free, stands at Coolmore for €125,000. 

Among his other stakes-winning progeny are Coventry winner and new Coolmore recruit Arizona, Superlative Stakes scorer Mystery Power, Park Stakes winner and Qipco 2,000 Guineas runner-up Wichita, plus Richmond Stakes winner Land Force.

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Unicorn Lion is one of four winners from five to race out of Muravka
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