A striking chestnut son of No Nay Never, David Ellis purchased this gelding from the Karaka Book 1 Sale after he was passed in. Costing $130,000, the horse quickly proved Ellis’ judgment right, winning his first two starts.
On debut, he showed plenty of ability, if still somewhat green when winning on his home course in early February 2020.
He stayed “at home” for his second start on 22 February 2020 and recorded his second win – most impressively beating home Karaka Million winning stablemate Cool Aza Beel in the $70,000 Group 3 Waikato Stud Matamata Slipper.
This was noteworthy for two other reasons – in winning, Need I Say More became Te Akau’s 8th Group 3 Matamata Slipper winner. A race for colts and geldings, Te Akau has made this event its own in recent times – past winners including King’s Chapel and Darci Brahma.
He also became his sire’s first ever Southern Hemisphere stakes’ winner.
With lockdown forcing an early conclusion to his 2YO season, Need I Say More resumed in the $70,000 Group 3 WRC Northern Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa on 5 September 2020 – a meeting staged behind closed doors. He was very impressive in the hands of Craig Grylls, taking his unbeaten record to three from three.
Need I Say More is trained by Jamie Richards and has won three times from three starts with stakes of $87,800 for the Te Akau Never Say Die Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).