Another smashing filly by Decorated Knight

There continues to be bright moments on the stud despite this dark time of world uncertainty and on Tuesday we were thrilled to welcome another flashy daughter of our multiple Group 1 winner Decorated Knight.

The filly is the first foal out of our homebred Lady Rasha, a Dansili half-sister to our Gimcrack Stakes hero Ajaya. They are out of Nessina, an early purchase made by Tony Nerses for the stud who is also the dam of our talented Extra Elusive – that gelding remains in training with Roger Charlton for 2020.

Nessina is a half-sister to Listed winner Tantina, the dam of Cityscape and Bated Breath, both Group 1 performers and leading sires, as well as Scuffle, the dam of St Leger hero Logician. Granddam Didina was a Grade 2 winner and hails from the further family of Xaar, Siskin, Redoute’s Choice, War Of Will and Spinning World.

Lady Rasha now visits Saxon Warrior.

Blue Diamond Stud will again be strongly supporting our multiple Group 1 winner Decorated Knight in his third season at the Irish National Stud, where he stands for €9,000.

Fresh off an impressive showing at the winter breeding stock sales, where his first foals averaged close to €65,000, he was recently described in the Racing Post as a ‘STAR VALUE’ sire for 2020.

“It hardly seems believable that a three-time winning Group 1 son of Galileo from an exceptional family could qualify to be included in this list, but, at a generous-looking €9,000, that is precisely where the Irish National Stud’s Decorated Knight finds himself,” wrote James Thomas.

Decorated Knight. Photo: Bronwen Healy

“The now eight-year-old won the Jebel Hatta, Tattersalls Gold Cup and Irish Champion Stakes, in which he beat no less a rival than Poet’s Word, before taking up stud duties, when his owners announced they would be lending their colour bearer support both in terms of mares and in the sale ring.

“They have made good on their word in a big way, not only sending Decorated Knight a host of blue-chip mares, but signing for a number of foals at public auction, purchases that contributed to a healthy foal average of 58,715gns. However, it was Jamie Railton who went to 190,000gns for Decorated Knight’s most expensive offspring, a colt out of Princess Noor.

“As if that weren’t enough, Decorated Knight – who is out of Pearling, a sister to Giant’s Causeway – has also let down into a stunning-looking physical model. The sum total of those attributes makes his fee look very appealing indeed.”

Decorated Knight. Photo: Bronwen Healy

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