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.
Very unlucky when fourth in the $100,000 Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas in September 2020, the showy chestnut bounced right back at his next start in October 2020 in the $100,000 Group 2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes over 1400m at Te Rapa.
Ridden by Jonathan Parkes, who had previously piloted the ever-popular Gingernuts to victory in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas, Need I Say More went straight to the lead, a spot he never relinquished with a copy-book front running performance to win by 2.5 lengths.
In January 2021, it was “Bo’s” time to shine again – under the formidable weight of 60.5kgs he showed huge courage to claim the $70,000 Group 3 Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy over 1200m in the hands of Troy Harris. This was the first race on the 2021 Karaka Million race night – where Te Akau went on to claim its 5th consecutive Karaka 2YO Million.
Returning to the scene of that battle on Derby Day in March 2021, Need I Say More was again successful at stakes’ level, claiming the $67,000 Listed Fasttrack Murhasa Stakes 3YO SW+P 1300m for Opie Bosson. Stablemate Cornflower Blue filled the third place.
Making it six stakes’ races in just nine starts, Need I Say More then stepped out at Trentham on 20 March on Group 1 NZ Oaks day – he was superb in snaring the $100,000 Group 2 Fusion Electrical Wellington Guineas 3YO SW 1400m.
Need I Say More is trained by Jamie Richards and has won seven times from nine starts with stakes of $283,780 for the Te Akau Never Say Die Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).