A royal arrival – half-sister to Decorated Knight welcomed

March 4 marked the arrival of a very special foal – a Kingman half-sister to Decorated Knight.

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The filly is out of Pearling, originally a 1.3 million guinea purchase by Tony Nerses to join the stud in 2011. She later sold for 2.4 million guineas in 2018.

Pearling immediately justified that initial outlay by producing Decorated Knight, who swept the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup and Jebel Hatta during a golden season with Roger Charlton in 2017. The son of Galileo now stands at the Irish National Stud and his first crop are two-year-olds, many of them in the care of some of Britain’s leading trainers.

Pearling is also the dam of the winner Ambrosia, by Frankel, while her three-year-old filly Blue Diamond, a sister to Decorated Knight, is in training with John Gosden.

Pearling possesses royal bloodlines as a daughter of Grade 2 winner Mariah’s Storm, therefore making her a sister to champion Giant’s Causeway. The son of Storm Cat won six Group 1 races during his outstanding career and later became a breed-shaping stallion at stud.

Another sibling, Freud, is a leading sire in New York while sister You’resothrilling won the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes and is the dam of Group 1 winners Gleneagles, Marvellous and Happily.

Pearling is booked back to visit Dubawi.

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