The race lost some of its appeal after star filly Minding was ruled out, but Decorated Knight took advantage of her absence to bag the Group 1 prize at the Curragh
BRITISH challenger Decorated Knight spoiled the Irish party as he claimed top honours in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Decorated Knight was the 7-2 favourite to add his name to the roll of honour after winning at the highest level in Dubai earlier in the year.
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He showed a great attitude under Andrea Atzeni to hold off the late challenge of the admirable Somehow who was having her fourth run in just a month.
Aidan O’Brien was also responsible for the third, Deauville.
Atzeni said: “It went very smoothly. We had a good draw, we had a good position all the way and he travelled beautifully into the race.
“Two (furlongs) out, I was very confident it was going take a decent horse to beat him today.
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“He got to the front easily enough. In the last 100 yards he got a bit lonely, but when the second horse came he went again.
“He’s very brave, he’s got a big heart and he’s going the right way.”
Charlton said: “I was very worried when I saw the ground yesterday. I knew the forecast was for heavy showers, but not like an inch or whatever they had.
“People kept tactfully sending me photographs of flooded car parks and puddles everywhere and I thought it was getting bad.
“This horse 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. He keeps on improving.
“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.
“He has a very classy pedigree. He’s a very close relation to Gleneagles and his dam is a half-sister to Giants Causeway, so he has a stallion career.”
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot looks Decorated Knight’s likely next port of call.
“We were looking to go abroad a bit but you would have to run at Ascot. It’s worked for us before so hopefully it will work again,” the trainer added.