Galileo's Decorated Knight Battles to Tattersalls Gold Cup Success

2nd at CGH, Gr. Stk, 300000G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (10f)Winner: Decorated Knight (GB), h, 5 by Galileo (Ire)

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    Decorated Knight (GB) (Galileo {Ire}, who ran sixth in the Mar. 25 G1 Dubai Turf after annexing the Mar. 4 G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan, returned to European action in Sunday's G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh and provided a third win for trainer Roger Charlton with a determined display. Positioned third in the wake of the pacesetting Success Days (Ire) (Jeremy) after the initial exchanges, the 7-2 favourite emerged from cover to challenge soon after passing the quarter-mile marker and kept on strongly once taking control approaching the final eighth to hold the late threat of recent G1 Lockinge S. fourth Somehow (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) by 1 1/4 lengths. Somehow's stablemate Deauville (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) finished 2 1/4 lengths further back in third. “We were a bit worried about the ground as it's on the slow side of good and a bit tacky, but [trainer] Mr [Roger] Charlton was very positive about him,” explained winning rider Andrea Atzeni. “He travelled beautifully through the race and won cosy in the end. He has a high cruising speed and a good turn of foot.”


Sunday, The Curragh, Ireland

TATTERSALLS GOLD CUP-G1, €300,000, CUR, 5-28, 4yo/up, 10f 110yT, 2:18.03, yl.

1–DECORATED KNIGHT (GB), 129, h, 5, by Galileo (Ire)

1st Dam: Pearling, by Storm Cat

2nd Dam: Mariah's Storm, by Rahy

3rd Dam: Immense, by Roberto

O/B-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar (GB); T-Roger Charlton; J-Andrea Atzeni. €177,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-UAE, MSW & MGSP-Eng, 14-7-3-1, $682,050. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Somehow (Ire), 126, f, 4, Fastnet Rock (Aus)–Alexandrova (Ire), by Sadler's Wells. O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien. €60,000.

3–Deauville (Ire), 129, c, 4, Galileo (Ire)–Walklikeanegyptian (Ire), by Danehill. O-Mrs Fitri Hay, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Mrs Fitri Hay (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien. €30,000.

Margins: 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 3.50, 4.00, 4.00.

Also Ran: Success Days (Ire), Johannes Vermeer (Ire), Reckless Gold (Ire), Moonlight Magic (GB), Gentil J (Ire).

   Decorated Knight registered a first black-type success in the Listed Festival S. at Goodwood on this weekend last year and followed up with a second in Epsom's June 3 G3 Diomed S. before regaining the winning thread in Leopardstown's July 14 G3 Meld S. in his first overseas foray. The chestnut was slated to contest the Aug. 13 GI Arlington Million, but was a late scratching due to injury and was on the shelf for the remainder of last term. He returned to claim Lingfield's Feb. 4 Listed Winter Derby Trial en route to Meydan where he registered a career high in the Mar. 4 G1 Jebel Hatta before posting a last-out sixth in the Mar. 25 G1 Dubai Turf. “I was very worried when I saw the ground yesterday and I knew the forecast was for heavy showers yesterday, but not like an inch or whatever they had,” said trainer Roger Charlton. “I thought we'd come and have a look and decide today so I walked the course and was very pleasantly surprised how good it was. The surface was a bit dead, it's good to soft, but they opened up a new strip and the course is in fantastic condition. He doesn't have to have rattling quick ground and has improved and improved. The Group 1 race he won in Meydan wouldn't have been the strongest race and this is a stronger race. If Minding had turned up it would have been a different story, but he won with his ears pricked and was pulling up in front. When Somehow came to him he picked up again and he can't do more than that. He got a nice lead and came at the right time. It was perfect and the race worked out well. They didn't actually go a very strong gallop and it was handy to be close to it. He has a very classy pedigree and is a very close relation to Gleneagles and his dam is a sister to Giant's Causeway so he has a stallion career.”

    Decorated Knight is the first representative of Pearling (Storm Cat), herself a full-sister to MG1SW champion and sire Giant's Causeway and G2 Cherry Hinton S. victress You'resothrilling, who in turn produced three group-race winners headed by G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Irish 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}. His second dam is the dual Grade II winner Mariah's Storm (Rahy), while his third dam Immense (Roberto) garnered the GIII Little Silver H. and is herself a half to the brilliant GI Acorn S., GI Spinster S. and GI Sorority S.-winning champion juvenile Dearly Precious (Dr. Fager). Pearling has also produced the twice-raced 3-year-old filly Ambrosia (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and an 2-year-old colt by Dansili (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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