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The five-year-old seems to get better every time he runs and on his latest start put up another personal best when beating all bar Highland Reel in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, having previously won the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
“He was a 10/1 shot and fourth favourite in the betting, but every time he runs he improves, ” Charlton said after Royal Ascot. “Every time he finds a bit more. I’m really pleased, and it’s no disgrace to be beaten by Highland Reel.
“I think he is suited by being trained mainly by himself and in the nice, calm environment of Beckhampton, which is quite different from Newmarket, where he was trained before [in 2014 and 2015].
“He travels well, and we know, that like a lot of Galileos, he can get quite sweaty, but it doesn’t affect his performance.”
He failed to make an impression in the Juddmonte International at York but was never better than on his penultimate start when, sent off at 25-1, he finished with a flourish to land the QIPCO Irishb Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Decorated Knight failed to fire on his final start, the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, but was almost certainly past his best for the year. He has now been retired to stud.
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