Strong home support for Decorated Knight as he starts stallion career
Blue Diamond Stud sending blue-chip mares to the triple Group 1 hero
Blue Diamond Stud is standing foursquare behind its homebred multiple Group 1 winner Decorated Knight as he starts his stallion career at the Irish National Stud.
The operation, owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar and overseen by Tony Nerses, will send a large number of its blue-chip broodmares to the son of Galileo, who landed the Jebel Hatta, Tattersalls Gold Cup and Irish Champion Stakes this year.
Notably, Decorated Knight has been selected as the first sire to cover Blue Diamond's classy filly Dawn Of Hope, a Listed-winning daughter of Mastercraftsman who signed off her career with a close fifth to Roly Poly in the Sun Chariot Stakes in October.
Further high-achievers on the track bound for the stallion are Lady Wingshot, a Group 3 winner by Lawman who is in foal to Dubawi, and Firth of Clyde Stakes scorer Shaden, a daughter of Kodiac carrying her first foal after being covered by Dark Angel in February.
Among the other Blue Diamond mares in Decorated Knight's first book are Maid To Master, a sister to Mastercraftsman bought by Nerses for 900,000gns in 2014; Nouriya, the Listed-winning dam of this season's impressive Atalanta Stakes scorer Aljazzi; and Rose Of Miracles, a Dalakhani mare out of a half-sister to Galikova and Goldikova added to the string at a cost of 450,000gns.
Those well-bred mares are worthy concubines for such a blueblooded stallion, who is by perennial champion sire Galileo out of a sister to the great Giant's Causeway and emerging blue hen You'resothrilling, the dam of three top-level winners (Gleneagles, Happily and Marvellous) and two other Group/Grade 1 place-getters (Coolmore and Taj Mahal) from her first five foals.
Reflecting on the glittering career of Decorated Knight, another star to have borne Al Homaizi and Al Sagar's familiar green silks after the likes of Araafa and Authorized, Nerses said: “To have a Group 1 winner is the dream of every owner, but nothing comes close to the thrill of having a homebred multiple Group 1 winner. That is certainly on a par with our two Classic winners.
“With his exceptional looks, performance, breathtaking acceleration and one of the best pedigrees in the studbook, Decorated Knight’s future as a stallion looks incredibly bright.”
Nerses also paid tribute to the team who raised the new Irish National Stud resident, who starts his second career at a fee of €15,000.
“Without the loyalty, hard work and dedication of the fantastic Blue Diamond staff none of our success would have been possible,” he said.
Nerses also revealed that Decorated Knight's dam Pearling is back in foal to Galileo and will return to the Coolmore phenomenon next year, while his three-parts sister by Frankel, Ambrosia, who won at Newcastle last month, will be sent to Haras de Bonneval hotshot Siyouni in 2018.
BLUE DIAMOND STUD FILLIES AND MARES VISITING DECORATED KNIGHT IN 2018
5yo, Mount Nelson-Sakhee's Song (Sakhee)
Listed-placed half-sister to Taayel
In foal to Acclamation
3yo, Raven's Pass-Artisti (Cape Cross)
Half-sister to Group 1-placed Magic Artist
5yo, Dansili-Majestic Sakeena (King's Best)
Winning half-sister to Yuften
In foal to Camelot
Dawn Of Hope
4yo, Mastercraftsman-Sweet Firebird (Sadler's Wells)
Listed-winning half-sister to Ayrad
15yo, Zafonic-Galette (Caerleon)
Winning dam of Vik The Billy
In foal to Bated Breath
4yo, Dubawi-Sewards Folly (Rudimentary)
Winning half-sister to Hunter Street and Sayif
In foal to Ajaya
4yo, Oasis Dream-Lady Of Everest (Montjeu)
Half-sister to Lady Of Dubai
8yo, Lawman-Nassma (Sadler's Wells)
Group 3 and dual Listed winner
In foal to Dubawi
Maid To Master
8yo, Danehill Dancer-Starlight Dreams (Black Tie Affair)
Sister to Mastercraftsman
In foal to Frankel
4yo, Lawman-Rose De France (Diktat)
Winning three-parts sister to Cable Bay
In foal to Oasis Dream
9yo, King's Best-Angel Of The Gwaun (Sadler's Wells)
Half-sister to Beauty O'Gwaun
In foal to Ajaya
5yo, Invincible Spirit-Lethal Quality (Elusive Quality)
Sister to Promising
In foal to Raven's Pass
10yo, Danehill Dancer-Majestic Sakeena (King's Best)
Listed-winning dam of Aljazzi
In foal to Golden Horn
Rose Of Miracles
5yo, Dalakhani-Neartica (Sadler's Wells)
Close relation to Goldikova
In foal to Dansili
4yo, Kodiac-Lady Avenger (Namid)
Group 3 winner
In foal to Dark Angel
5yo, Cape Cross-Queen Of Mean (Pivotal)
Winning relation to Zoffany
In foal to Dansili
8yo, Pivotal-Our Queen Of Kings (Arazi)
Half-sister to Spinning Queen
In foal to Invincible Spirit
5yo, Azamour-Epiphany (Zafonic)
Half-sister to Vik The Billy
In foal to War Command