London – The Breeders’ Cup Mile has emerged as a serious target for Decorated Knight following his brilliant success in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Roger Charlton’s charge won the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan earlier in the year and struck gold at the highest level for a second time in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh in May.
He ran another excellent race when chasing home Highland Reel in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, but having disappointed slightly in both the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York, he was a 25-1 shot for his return to Ireland.
However, given a patient ride by Andrea Atzeni, Decorated Knight stormed home to claim victory and a potential final career outing at Del Mar in early November is now under serious consideration.
Said Charlton: “I was thinking Leopardstown would be his last run, but the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar is something we’re now looking at.
“That is seven weeks away, so it gives us plenty of time and that will probably be his swansong. After that I would hope we can find him a nice place at stud somewhere.”
Decorated Knight holds an entry in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on 21 October, but Charlton added: “I think we’re more likely to go to America than Ascot as there is less risk of the ground going against us.
“He wouldn’t do both. It will be one or the other.” – Press Association.