First runner a winner for Decorated Knight! Royal Ascot next for Silver Bullet Lady
Decorated Knight is off to a brilliant start at stud thanks to the highly impressive victory of Silver Bullet Lady – a 40,000gns yearling purchase by Tony Nerses – in the 5f conditions race at Salisbury on Sunday.
The filly is the first British runner for Decorated Knight and fittingly trained by Roger Charlton, who sent out the stallion to win the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Jebel Hatta and Tattersalls Gold Cup. His first runner, Holy Lands, was placed on debut at Milan on Saturday.
One of only three debutantes in a field that featured several previous winners, Silver Bullet Lady was incredibly green, losing many lengths at the start when darting out to her left coming out of the gates. Once balanced by Hollie Doyle, however, she started to make relentless progress and showed a striking turn of foot to grab previous winner Out In Yorkshire and win going away.
A crack at the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot could be on the cards for Silver Bullet Lady, Harry Charlton told Racing TV.
“I think Hollie and I thought we were going to be in trouble after a furlong having jumped left like that,” he said. “From then on, you’re constantly trying to lay up with them, and there’s some fair winners in there.
“She made up a lot of ground from the three to the two and I thought she might be third and have run well. But Hollie said she picked up again – it’s very exciting.
“It’s very encouraging for Decorated Knight – he’s obviously got an incredible pedigree so it’s no surprise that he could produce one. She’s always shown a lot of ability.
“I think Royal Ascot has to be considered and the Queen Mary could be one to look at.”
Hollie Doyle was equally impressed, saying: “Silver Bullet Lady was very impressive today….once she got into the stride of things and hit the cutaway she showed a great turn of foot to make up a lot of ground.
“Obviously being Decorated Knight’s first runner in the UK, it’s a great stamp for him and she definitely looks like she has Royal Ascot potential.”
Silver Bullet Lady was bred by Peter McCutcheon out of Lost Icon, a winning daughter of Intikhab whose previous eight winners include Listed scorer Elusive Beauty.
Decorated Knight boasts represented in many of Britain’s leading yards. By Galileo out of Pearling, a sister to Giant’s Causeway and to the dam of Gleneagles and Marvellous, he boasts an exceptional pedigree and is exceptional value at €7,500.
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