Decorated Knight to stand for €12,000 in 2019

A fee of €12,000 has been set for our multiple Group 1 winner Decorated Knight in 2019.

Our homebred son of Galileo, a close relation to Champion sire Giant’s Causeway whose Group 1 victories included last year’s Irish Champion Stakes and Tattersalls Gold Cup, is due to stand his second season at the Irish National Stud.

 

Decorated Knight was exceptionally well supported in his first year at stud, covering such mares as:

  NOURIYA, a dual Listed winner who is the dam of Group 2 winner Aljazzi

  PRINCESS NOOR, Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner who ran 2nd in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes

  SHADEN, winner of the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes as a 2yo

  LADY WINGSHOT, winner of the Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes

  DAWN OF HOPE, Listed winner and Group-placed

  ARWA, a winning half-sister to Champion Order Of St George

A tough, sound son of Galileo gifted with an exceptional turn of foot, Decorated Knight defeated the likes of Churchill and Poet’s Word when successful in the 2017 Irish Champion Stakes. He was also dominant in victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and put his exceptional turn of foot to good use when getting out of trouble to take the Jebel Hatta.

Aljazzi: her Listed-winning dam Nouriya is in foal to Decorated Knight

He also won the Meld Stakes and a pair of Listed races, and ran second in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Making Decorated Knight particularly attractive is that he hails from an exceptional stallion family.

He is the first foal out of Pearling, a daughter of blue hen Mariah’s Storm and therefore a sister to Giant’s Causeway, a 3-time North American champion sire, and Freud, a multiple champion sire in New York, the sire of three Grade 1 winners.

Not only that, another sibling, Group 2 winner You’resothrilling, is the dam of Group 1 winners Gleneagles, Marvellous and Happily, all of whom are by Galileo.

Bred on the same Galileo – Storm Cat cross as Group 1-winning 2yos Ballydoyle, Churchill, Gleneagles, Happily and Misty For Me, Decorated Knight descends directly from Harry Isaacs’ wonderful mare Itsabet, who is also the ancestress of Group 1-producing sires Dansili, Cacique, Champs Elysees, Leroidesanimaux and Ideal World.

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