9th Nov 2017
Triple Gr.1 winner Decorated Knight to stand at The Irish National Stud for 2018.
Acceleration and durability are two of the most desirable assets in the thoroughbred and in Decorated Knight, Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar bred a horse who possesses each in great measure. Not only that, the son of Galileo is an immediate member of one of the most influential stallion families of the recent era.
In 2017, Decorated Knight held his own in Group 1 company during a lengthy international campaign. He is gifted with an exceptional turn of foot – which swept him to victory in the Gr.1 Irish Champion Stakes, the Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Gr.1 Jebel Hatta – that sits alongside a durability which saw him start the year with a Listed win in February. Few horses are able to hold their form for nine months straight, let alone at the highest level.
Decorated Knight is also supported by one of the most vibrant families in the stud book. He is the first foal out of a full-sister to three time champion sire Giant’s Causeway, as well as You’resothrilling, the dam of Gleneagles and Happily, and Freud, the sire of 46 stakes winners. In addition, their dam Mariah’s Storm descends directly from Harry Isaac’s wonderful mare Itsabet, also the ancestress of Dansili. It’s a family full of influential stallions and one that provides him with an excellent foundation to succeed.
Cathal Beale CEO of the Irish National Stud commented ‘The Irish National Stud are thrilled to add a high class son of Galileo to our burgeoning roster. With performance, physical and pedigree to die for, Decorated Knight ticks all the boxes’.
Tony Nerses, advisor to Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar commented “Decorated Knight has the distinction of being the best horse bred by Blue Diamond Stud and we’re delighted that he is to stand at the Irish National Stud. He possesses an excellent turn of foot as well as durability that saw him win three Group 1 races this season.
He is also a member of one of the most influential families of the modern era, being out of a sister to champion sire Giant’s Causeway and multiple Group 1 producer You’resothrilling. We look forward to supporting him strongly at stud.”
A limited number of breeding rights will be available. A fee will be announced in the coming days.