Major Purchases

Year after year, Tony Nerses has consistently demonstrated a gift for unearthing jewels at auction.

Led by Champion AUTHORIZED, Tony Nerses has bought numerous high-class performers on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.

They include:

AUTHORIZED (95,000gns foal): ‘The only horse in living memory to have been bought at auction as a foal and to have won the Epsom Derby for his purchasers’ A Carter Champion 3yo Colt of 2006, Authorized won the Classic Epsom Derby, Group 1 Juddmonte International, Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and Group 2 Dante Stakes. He was later sold to stand for Darley and is now regarded as an excellent dual-purpose influence with Group 1 winners to his credit under both codes.

Celebrations following Authorized’s Derby win

ARAAFA (150,000gns yearling): winner of the Classic Irish 2,000 Guineas and Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes. He was subsequently sold to stand at stud in Newmarket


HAMOODY (210,000gns 2yo): winner of the Group 2 Richmond Stakes

SAYIF (200,000gns yearling): winner of the Group 2 Diadem Stakes and second in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. Now standing at stud

PRINCESS NOOR (£120,000 yearling): winner of the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes and second in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. She was subsequently sold for 675,000gns in foal to Decorated Knight

Princess Noor

GREEN DESTINY (70,000gns foal): winner of the Group 3 Strensall Stakes and Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial. He was subseqently sold privately to race in Dubai

TARIQ (65,000gns yearling): winner of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes and Group 3 Jersey Stakes, and also placed in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes. Now at stud in India

EUGINIO (155,000gns yearling): winner of the Group 3 Darley Stakes. He was subsequently sold for 400,000gns

SHADEN (40,000gns yearling): winner of the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes


PRINCESS LOULOU (310,000gns yearling): Listed winner and second in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet

ORVAR (£60,000 yearling): winner of the International Traky (local Group 3)

GORGEOUS NOORA (370,000gns yearling): recent winner of the Listed Hever Sprint Stakes for David Howden and David Redvers

Also Listed winners SHARP NEWPHEW (155,000gns yearling); LOULWA (370,000gns yearling); AYRAD (70,000gns yearling) and DAWN OF HOPE (€220,000 yearling), in addition to SHYRL (70,000gns 2yo; 2nd in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes); PATENTAR (220,000gns yearling; Grade 2-placed); ALFAJER (£85,000 yearling; Listed-placed); NEZAR (£65,000 yearling; Group 3-placed); BRAVE PROSPECTOR (140,000gns yearling; Group 3-placed); and GWAFA (60,000gns foal; Group 3-winning hurdler)

Ayrad in full flight at Sandown

Further to that, Tony Nerses has also purchased the dams of the following stakes horses:

PEARLING (1,300,000gns mare): dam of the outstanding DECORATED KNIGHT, winner of the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Group 1 Jebel Hatta and Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Pearling subsequently topped the 2018 Tattersalls December Sale when sold for 2,400,000gns.

Decorated Knight now stands at the Irish National Stud and his first crop are foals of 2019.

Pearling is knocked down for 2,400,000gns at Tattersalls. Photo: Tattersalls
Decorated Knight

MAJESTIC SAKEENA (200,000gns mare): dam of Group 1-placed YUFTEN; Listed winner NOURIYA; and Listed-placed LADY NOUF. In turn, Nouriya is the dam of ALJAZZI, winner of the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes and Group 3 Atalanta Stakes – Aljazzi later set a new sale record when sold for 1,000,000gns at the 2018 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale.

Aljazzi makes history. Photo: Tattersalls

NESSINA (300,000gns mare): dam of Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner AJAYA


SHYRL (70,000gns 2yo): dam of RAUCOUS (Group 2-placed)

EPIPHANY (160,000gns mare): dam of Listed winner VIK THE BILLY

ELLBEEDEE (220,000gns mare): dam of BOURNEMOUTH BELLE (Listed-placed)

LOULWA (370,000gns yearling): dam of JUSTINEO (Listed winner and Group 2-placed)