Few moments have given us greater pleasure than when Authorized carried our silks to an outstanding victory in the Derby at Epsom. His championship season, as well as the brilliance of Classic winner Araafa the year before, fired our passion for this wonderful sport even further and now we are in the privileged position of enjoying racing not only through ownership but as breeders.
Our plans to develop a breeding operation came to fruition with the purchases of Blue Diamond Stud North in 2010 and Blue Diamond Stud South in late 2012.
Despite its short history, the stud has already provided us with many high points, all of which pay tribute to the management of our advisor Tony Nerses, who is supported by a wonderful team of staff.
There was Ajaya’s win in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York. His victory that day was memorable on several levels, not least in that he is a homebred son of Nessina, who remains part of the broodmare band at Blue Diamond Stud. However, behind him in third was his former paddock friend Raucous, another successful graduate of Blue Diamond Stud.
Ajaya is standing his first season this year at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland and we will be supporting him strongly.
Last year, meanwhile, saw Decorated Knight come of age with a victory in the Group 3 Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. The first foal out of one of our early purchases, Giant’s Causeway’s sister Pearling, the Galileo colt will hopefully fly the stud’s flag at Group 1 level this year.
Listed wins by Nouriya and her daughter Aljazzi as well as our popular sprinter Justineo also take pride of place on our burgeoning role of honour.
Our bloodstock, which includes the regally-bred Pearling, sister to Giant’s Cauesway, dam of Decorated Knight, Nessina, dam of Ajaya, Nouriya, dual Listed winner and dam of Listed Aljazzi, the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes heroine and Group 1-placed Princess Noor, Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes winner Lady Wingshot, Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes winner Shaden, Group 1-placed Princess Loulou, Listed winner Loulwa, dam of Listed winner Justineo, and Mastercraftsman’s sister Maid To Master represents careful selection over an extended period of time by Tony Nerses. We expect the stud to continue flourishing over the upcoming years and have much to look forward to.
Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar
I have experienced very few precious moments in my life: Winning the Derby and the Irish Two Thousand Guineas for my dear friends, Saleh and lmad, has to be up there with the best.
I feel very proud that I fulfilled their trust in me, and both honoured and delighted to have been party to their success.
In 2004, we purchased three horses, Araafa, Authorized and Tariq, that went on to win two classics and a Group 2. No foal purchased at a sale has ever gone on to win the Derby under the same ownership. We have already broken records and made history. Authorized, being crowned Cartier Champion Three Year old in 2007, had to be the icing on the cake.
This was the beginning and we would hope that there is better to come.