Ward anticipating stiff Morny task
Wesley Ward believes No Nay Never has a much tougher test on his hands in Sunday's Prix Morny than he faced when winning at Royal Ascot.
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The American speedster was an impressive victor in the Norfolk Stakes when many onlookers were struck by just how big he looked in the paddock compared to his British and Irish counterparts.
However, Ward feels his rivals will have had chance to catch up physically in the two months since that outing and at this stage of the season the better two-year-olds are traditionally on show.
"He went over to Deauville last Thursday so he's had plenty of time to acclimatise," said Ward.
"Put it this way, he won't be beaten for fitness on Sunday.
"Since Ascot he's done a few serious breezes and he looks like a rhino, he's built like a tank.
"The thing is he'll be taking on some much nicer horses this weekend, the better horses come out later on in the year as it progresses.
"Before the race at Ascot, I couldn't see him getting beaten looking around the paddock, just his coat and everything - he looked the best. The competition will be stiffer in France.
"I've been really happy with him since then. He's a fantastic specimen to have anything to do with and he's a pleasure to deal with."
Clive Brittain's filly Rizeena also won at Royal Ascot when taking the Queen Mary in decisive fashion but she met with defeat last time out at Newmarket when her veteran handler blamed the fast ground.
She could have run against the fillies in the Lowther Stakes at York next week in a Group Two but Brittain has never shirked a challenge and she will run in Group One company for the first time against the boys.
"She's in very good form and I think the track will suit," said Brittain.
"She beat the boys in a Listed race at Sandown so that's not a worry, but obviously she's taking on better horses now.
"The 3lb penalty wasn't really a worry in the Lowther but I don't want her to run on fast ground again.
"That was why she was beaten in the Duchess of Cambridge, she was hanging and she's never done that before or since. She wasn't able to stride out as she had done at Ascot.
"Ryan (Moore) has been to sit on her twice at home and he's been very happy with her.
"The ground should be ideal at Deauville and six furlongs there should be perfect.
"We'll be looking at Group Ones from now on and the obvious one after this would be the Cheveley Park at the end of the season."
Richard Hannon saddled the one-two in the Molecomb at Goodwood and both the winner, Brown Sugar, and the fast-finishing Anticipated take each other on again.
Ed Sackville, racing manager for De La Waar racing who own Brown Sugar, would prefer to see a bit of rain before the race.
"He's a very tough horse, as we saw at Goodwood," said Sackville.
"Ideally he really wants a bit of cut in the ground so we're hoping for some rain.
"We hope he'll run a good race, but the American horse was impressive at Ascot.
"He meets Jallota again, he beat us when they both made their debut in June and it's obviously worked out well because they are both in a Group One now.
"The maiden he won at Salisbury also worked out nicely and in the July Stakes at Newmarket he just ran too keen which was why we dropped him to five furlongs at Goodwood. That helped him settle as they got him at it early."