Never in doubt for No Nay in Morny

American raider No Nay Never stretched his 100% record to three with a classy performance in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville yesterday.

Wesley Ward’s speedy colt flew out of the stalls and was soon in command under David Flores. The Norfolk Stakes winner, now running in the Coolmore colours, quickly shrugged off the attentions of Muharaaj and Jallota before seeing off the late bid of Vorda.

The Philippe Sogorb-trained filly was also defending an unbeaten record but she was behind early on after being slowly away.

She stayed on well but could not get in a blow at the impressive winner. Clive Brittain’s Rizeena made strong late progress to take third place just ahead of the Mick Channon-trained Jallota.

Ward said of his one-length winner: ``That was great, I was so excited. The race went just as we had hoped it would. We don’t have a plan yet. We will make a plan next week sometime.

“The horse will be back at home on Tuesday.”

Brittain felt Rizeena would have been closer but for her tardy getaway.

“I was very pleased with the run. She would have been closer to the winner if she hadn’t missed the break,” said the veteran Newmarket handler.

“She stayed on very strong and hopefully the Moyglare could be on the cards for her next race. If it had been seven furlongs today she would have been done and dusted.

“She was out of the race early as she lost the advantage of the one draw. Then the jockey had to be patient with her, but she finished so strong.

“With a break from the one draw we would have been in the shadow of the winner.”

Meanwhile connections of Dank highlighted the filly’s sharp turn of foot as being a key weapon after she ran amok in the Beverly D at Arlington on Saturday.

The Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old scorched to a four-and-a-quarter-length victory over fellow British raider Gifted Girl.

Dank was adding to her gains in Ireland, where she easily won the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh in July.

Owner-breeder James Wigan told Daily Racing Form: “She has such a great turn of foot.

“Obviously she has improved over the last year.”

Jockey Ryan Moore said: “She’s been real aggressive all year.

“She was in excellent condition coming into this, and when she kicked in it was all over.”

Jockey Tom Queally was delighted by the performance of the Paul Cole-trained Gifted Girl.

He said: “She ran a super race. There’s still more to come for her.”

Irish raider Duntle, who defeated Dank in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, was a disappointing seventh.

Moore was completing a big-race double after Dandino had earlier landed the American St Leger.

The popular stayer endured no end of trouble in running, but was still good enough to defeat Suntracer by half a length.

Trainer Marco Botti was securing his second consecutive triumph in the race after Jakkalberry had struck 12 months ago.

Moore said: “I thought I’d just sit third and keep it simple, but the boys were on top of me the entire time.

“There were quite a few changes of plan. I was locked in the whole race, but he was the best horse.

“He picked up natural. I thought I’d keep it simple, but they were on top of me the whole race.”

The Michael Bell-trained Wigmore Hall missed the break under Jamie Spencer and could finish only fifth.

There was significant drama in the main event, the Arlington Million, as The Apache, trained by Mike de Kock, was demoted into second place after he was first to cross the line.

Christophe Soumillon’s mount veered sharply right into the path of Real Solution close home and the finishing positions were revised. Soumillon said: “We were the better horse, but he got scared by the (racecourse video) screen and shifted out.

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