It was a first winner for DEMARCHELIER (GB) in France on Friday when White Birch Farm homebred De Sica broke his maiden on debut at Clairefontaine.
Starting his career going one mile, De Sica was one of the horses to split the field in midpack as he raced wide around the course. Relaxed under Cristian Demuro, the colt looked like a professional as he bid his time before swinging even farther to the outside as the field turned into the stretch.
Closest to the outside rail, De Sica wasn’t to be deterred by the work in front of him and came in three quarters of a length in front of the second placed runner.
Jean-Claude Rouget trains the colt out of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed Stella di Camelot, who was purchased by Brant to send to DEMARCHELIER (GB) in his first year at stud. The mare is out of a half-sister to champion Blu Constellation and comes from the family of three-time Group 1 winner Oratorio.
The winner of three of four starts, led by the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3), DEMARCHELIER (GB) is the only son of successful sire-of-sires Dubawi (Ire).