PARIS, KY – Claiborne Farm announced October 1st that Demarchelier (GB) will join their stallion roster in 2020.
Purchased by Peter M. Brant’s White Birch Farm for $592,486 at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017, Demarchelier (GB) was brilliant from the start.
This regally-bred son of Dubawi (IRE) won upon his juvenile debut at Aqueduct in a thrilling stretch duel with subsequent stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Seismic Wave. His determined victory in that contest earned the colt “TDN Rising Star” status as one to watch heading into this year.
Demarchelier (GB) kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a decisive allowance victory at Keeneland this spring, again going a mile and one sixteenth on the turf, while defeating a field of twelve that included Award Winner, the graded-stakes placed half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Oscar Performance.
Testing graded stakes company for the first time, and stretching out to a mile and an eighth, Demarchelier (GB) captured his third consecutive victory, remaining undefeated in three starts, when he took the $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (Gr. 3) at Belmont. Despite getting bumped and forced six wide in the upper stretch, he showed a remarkable turn of foot to close stoutly, battling his old foe Seismic Wave to the wire and winning by a neck. Among those left behind were Henley’s Joy and Social Paranoia, who would go on to finish first and second respectively in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (Gr. 1) in their next start.
The undefeated Demarchelier (GB) returned to face a deep field of fourteen in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (Gr. 1) on July 6th. After taking a bad step near the half mile pole, he was placed under a protective hold and pulled up before finishing the race.
“Demarchelier (GB) had as much talent and turn of foot as any young turf colt I’ve trained to date,” said Chad Brown. “He is outstanding looking, precocious, and has a great mind. I will certainly be in the marketplace buying his offspring for years to come.”
“I think a lot of people will be intrigued by his pedigree, but I really can’t wait for people to see him. He’s a very special horse. A real specimen,” added Peter M. Brant. “He could get a great grass horse certainly, but he also has the influences of great American sires such as Seeking The Gold and Mr. Prospector that could also result in some great dirt horses. Choosing Claiborne as the place to stand Demarchelier (GB) was a natural fit. Not only are a lot of my mares there, but they also have a long history of success in making great sires with international appeal. We’ll certainly be breeding a lot of our mares to Demarchelier (GB).”
Demarchelier (GB) is by top sire Dubawi (IRE) who stands for Darley at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket. A classic winner himself and now among the world’s leading sires, Dubawi is the only British stallion to ever sire over 100 Group winners. His extraordinary record includes 16% Stakes winners, 10% Group winners, 7 Champions and 41 Group 1 winners. Dubawi (IRE) currently ranks #2 among the world’s leading active sires by lifetime Stakes winners, Group winners, and Group 1 winners behind only Galileo (IRE).
Bred in Great Britain by Newsells Park Stud, Demarchelier (GB) hails from a stellar family. He is out of a full sister to champions Yesterday (IRE) and Quarter Moon (IRE), both Group 1 winners.
Subsequently, Quarter Moon (IRE) has produced a Group 1 winner in Diamondsandrubies (IRE), victress of the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr. 1), and is the granddam of Eminent (IRE), a multiple group-winning colt by Frankel (GB), who also placed in the Ranvet Stakes (Gr. 1) and Irish Champion Stakes (Gr. 1).
Other prominent Group 1 winners that appear under the third dam include Aussie Rules, Allegretto (IRE), Alborada (GB) and Albanova (GB).
Dubawi (IRE) has proved to be a successful cross for this family, evidenced not only by the success of Demarchelier (GB), but also the success of Group 1 winner Coronet (GB), a filly by Dubawi (IRE) out of Approach (GB), the half-sister to Aussie Rule (appears under the third dam).
Among the growing list of prestigious Group 1 races won by this family’s top performers are the French St. Leger, French Two Thousand Guineas, Irish One Thousand Guineas, Moyglare Stud Stakes, Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, Dubai Champion Stakes and Pretty Polly Stakes.
Demarchelier (GB) is named after Patrick Demarchelier, a famous French fashion photographer who once served as the personal photographer to Princess Diana.
Like his namesake, he flashed remarkable talent, as well as grit and determination in his three victories. Along with a picture-perfect pedigree, this son of Dubawi (IRE) will offer breeders a unique opportunity.
“We’re thrilled to add Demarchelier (GB) to our stallion roster,” said Claiborne Farm representative Bernie Sams. “His name may be tough to say, but it’s easy to see why we wanted him. He’s the only son of Dubawi in Kentucky, he has G1 blacktype all over his page, he was undefeated in his first three races, and he looks the part. He took a bad step in the Belmont Derby that cut his career short, but that’s not going to stop him from passing this incredible bloodline along in the breeding shed.”
Demarchelier’s (GB) 2020 stud fee will be announced shortly before or after the Breeders’ Cup.
Questions? Contact Bernie Sams at Claiborne Farm, 859-987-2330.