8th Jul 2020
Decorated Knight, our Top-class Triple Group 1 winner and Blue blooded son of Galileo was heavily supported again this year by his owners Blue Diamond Stud but also by some of the premier stud farms who sent him quality mares. Supporters included Corduff Stud, Mount Coote Stud, Rossennara Stud, Oghill House Stud, Kildaragh Stud, Herbertstown Stud, Fontstown Stud and Tull Park Limited to name but a few.
Decorated Knight covered over 120 mares this season, his biggest book to date, a testament to the quality of stock we are seeing him produce. We are extremely excited to see his first yearlings at the upcoming sales but also to 2021 when we will see his first runners hit the track.
Blus Diamonnd Stud have supported their homebred every year with exceptional mares, this year they include;
Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye heroine GILT EDGE GIRL, dam of Listed winner Time’s Arrow, was bought for €200,000 in conjunction with the Irish National Stud at the Goffs November Sale.
Champion sprinter MINCE, another daughter of Danehill Dancer who was purchased out of the Waddesdon Stud dispersal for 130,000gns.
Listed-placed MANASAROVA, by More Than Ready
PENLIGHT, a Shamardal half-sister to Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso
RIVERCAT, a winning Kitten’s Joy relation to Nathaniel and Playful Act
Group 3 winner SWEET GENTLE KISS
STAR OF BRISTOL, a Speightstown half-sister to top miler and sire Mastercraftsman bought for €300,000
ZOTILLA, a half-sister to Classic winner Flotilla
PRINCESS LOULOU, a Group 1-placed daughter of Pivotal and dam of the exciting Newmarket debut winner Louganini
NESSINA, dam of Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner Ajaya and the highly talented Extra Elusive
LADY WINGSHOT, Group 3 winner
ROSE OF MIRACLES, a Dalakhani relation to Goldikova
The support afforded to Decorated Knight, and the resulting opportunities for the horse, were highlighted by Kelsey Riley in the TDN on January 8.
“Breeders who use Decorated Knight at the Irish National Stud in his early years can take comfort in the fact that the triple Group 1 winner’s co-breeder Imad Al Sagar has heavily supported the horse with his high-class broodmare band and has pledged to continue to do so,” Riley wrote.
“It is plain to see why Al Sagar is so confident his stallion will succeed. While he didn’t hit his best stride until five, he stayed there long enough to win the G1 Jebel Hatta, G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and G1 Irish Champion S. Just as significantly, he is out of Mariah’s Storm’s daughter Pearling (Storm Cat), which means he has two important sires under his second dam: the champion sire Giant’s Causeway and Gleneagles. Available the last two seasons for €15,000 and €12,000, Decorated Knight is down to €9,000 – a big package for not a lot of money. And buyers seemed to like his foals this year: his seven sold averaged 54,509gns/€64,121 (3.6x his opening fee).”
Indeed, Decorated Knight’s first foals were extremely well received last year, selling for up to 190,000gns. The colt in question is out of Group 3 winner Princess Noor and was bought by Jamie Railton at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
Decorated Knight‘s foals also sold for up to €66,000 at the Goffs November Sale.
“I have complete belief in Decorated Knight,” Imad Al Sagar explained to the Racing Post last November. “He’s a very special horse with a very special pedigree – his close relation Gleneagles is one of the most successful progeny of Galileo so it’s a stallion’s family.
“I myself have sent him 28 mares and we have some very nice foals. You can see his stamp on them – they’re similar to what he was like as a foal.
“If I don’t believe in him, why should others? Now I have to choose the trainers carefully to give him the maximum possibility of success.”