Few moments have given us greater pleasure than when our champion Authorized carried our silks to victory in the Derby at Epsom. However, we have also been extremely lucky to campaign a truly outstanding horse in Decorated Knight, who swept the Group 1 Jebel Hatta, Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes during a brilliant season in 2017. His last to first burst to defeat some of Europe’s best in the Irish Champion Stakes will live long in the memory. He is about to embark on his second season at the Irish National Stud and once again we will be supporting him strongly.
As a homebred, Decorated Knight holds a special place for us and everyone at Blue Diamond Stud. His achievements pay tribute to the development of our breeding operation, which came to fruition with the purchases of Blue Diamond Stud North in 2010 and Blue Diamond Stud South in late 2012, as well as the management of our advisor Tony Nerses, the purchaser of our Classic winners Authorized and Araafa among others who is supported by a wonderful team of staff.
Despite its short history, the stud has already provided us with many high points. In addition to Decorated Knight, there was Ajaya’s win in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York. His victory that day was memorable on several levels, not least in that he is a homebred son of Nessina, who remains part of the broodmare band at Blue Diamond Stud. However, behind him in third was his former paddock friend Raucous, another successful graduate of Blue Diamond Stud.
Last year, meanwhile, saw Aljazzi, a daughter of our Listed winner Nouriya, progress again to win the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. She later sold for a sale record of 1,000,000gns to Newsells Park Stud at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.
Our bloodstock, which includes the regally-bred Pearling, a sister to Giant’s Cauesway and the dam of Decorated Knight, Nessina, dam of Ajaya and Extra Elusive, Nouriya, dual Listed winner and dam of Aljazzi, Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes winner Lady Wingshot, Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes winner Shaden, Group 1-placed Princess Loulou and Mastercraftsman’s sister Maid To Master represents careful selection over an extended period of time by Tony Nerses. We expect the stud to continue flourishing over the upcoming years and have much to look forward to.
Imad Al Sagar