Royal Ascot 2017 – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes next for Decorated Knight after Curragh win for trainer Roger Charlton

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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.

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Decorated Knight (left) holds off the challenge of Somehow

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.


“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.”

Decorated Knight

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Atzeni celebrates his win on board Decorated Knight

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.

Minding

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Minding missed the race after suffering a setback

“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.

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“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.

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