Decorated Knight bidding to add to G1 haul in Juddmonte International

Decorated Knight’s high-flying season will continue on Wednesday when he lines up in the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York.

Our homebred son of Galileo has won two Group 1 races for Roger Charlton already this season; the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, which was won easily from Somehow and Deauville, and the Jebel Hatta at Meydan, in which he showed a fine turn of foot to get out of trouble and run down Folkswood.

He also ran a brilliant race when second to Highland Reel in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Decorated Knight is the emphatic winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup

The Juddmonte International promises to be a cracker, with Churchill, Barney Roy, Ulysses, So Mi Dar and Cliffs Of Moher among the early declarations.

“Decorated Knight has done us and Roger Charlton proud this season,” says Tony Nerses, advisor to Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.

“He was the emphatic winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup and then went to Royal Ascot for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, where he ran an excellent race to be second. Things didn’t go right for him last time in the Eclipse Stakes. 

“He goes to York in good form. The track promises to suit him and so we’re hopeful of a good run. He’s a tough, sound horse who always tries his best.”

Decorated Knight is the first foal out of Pearling, a Storm Cat sister to champion Giant’s Causeway, subsequently a multiple champion sire for Coolmore in America, and the Group 2-placed Freud, himself a leading sire in New York.

Another sibling, Cherry Hinton Stakes winner You’resothrilling, is the dam of top miler and Coolmore sire Gleneagles, Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Marvellous and the Group 3-winning juveniles Coolmore and Happily.

Pearling is also a sister to stakes-producing sires Tumblebrutus and Roar Of The Tiger. She is out of Grade 2 winner Mariah’s Storm.

Decorated Knight has won 7 races and almost £700,000 in prize-money.

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