10/30/2014 1:19PM

No Nay Never to retire to Coolmore after Turf Sprint

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No Nay Never will stand in Ireland in 2015.

No Nay Never, a graded or group stakes winner in three countries, will be retired after his scheduled start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy enters the Turf Sprint as one of the favorites, having won four of five career starts for earnings of $497,999. He broke his maiden on the Polytrack at Keeneland as a juvenile, shipped to England to win the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, and closed his 2013 season with a victory in the Group 1 Prix Morny in France. No Nay Never finished second in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes in Florida in his sophomore debut in his only try on dirt. He enters the Breeders’ Cup off a victory in the Grade 3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland.

No Nay Never is owned by Ice Wine Stable and the Coolmore partnership, and is trained by Wesley Ward.

“Wesley Ward has trained some very fast horses over the years but he is in no doubt that No Nay Never is the most talented,” said Coolmore’s Director of Sales David O’Loughlin. “He’s a very strongly-made individual who dwarfed his rivals in the parade ring at Royal Ascot. We can see him proving very popular with breeders here.”

Bred in Kentucky by Jayne Doi Johnson and David Sparrow, No Nay Never is out of the winning Elusive Quality mare Cat’s Eye Witness, who is the dam of two winners from as many foals to races. He is from the family of Grade/Group 2 winners Half a Year and Winning Pact and Grade 3 winner Cat’s Career.