Breeders looking for a stallion from a proven family need not look any further than DEMARCHELIER (GB) who comes from a family of 11 Group 1 winners. The stallion himself added his own blacktype to the page as a racehorse when he won the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3).
The family has been back in the spotlight the last few weeks with two family members winning major Group 1 races over a four-week period.
The span started on September 11th with a new Group 1 winner on the page – St Leger (G1) winner Eldar Eldarov (GB). Just like DEMARCHELIER (GB), that 3-year-old is by top sire-of-sires Dubawi (Ire). The colt looks to improve the family even more in coming years with his four wins in five starts also including the Group 2 Queen’s Vase.
But even bigger than that classic victory was Alpinista’s (GB) win in Sunday’s Prix d’la Arc de Triomphe (G1).
Winning her first Group 1 last August when beating last year’s “Arc” winner Torquator Tasso (Ger) in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1), Alpinista (GB) has been foot perfect for nearly two years.
The Frankel (GB) daughter – that stallion a grandson of DEMARCHELIER’s (GB) damsire Sadler’s Wells – was winning her eighth straight race with Sunday’s win. Even more impressively is that the streak dating back to April 2021 includes six straight Group 1s. Another stallion from that Sadler’s Wells line also sired the second-place finisher as well.
Demarchelier (GB)’s extended family spoke for itself this month but his immediate family has continued to do that for years. His dam Loveisallyouneed (Ire) is a full sister to Irish 1000 Guineas (G1) winner Yesterday (Ire) and Irish champion Quarter Moon (Ire) with Quarter Moon also producing Group 1 winner Diamondsandrubies (Ire). That mare has visited the Claiborne breeding shed herself and is the dam of WAR FRONT’s stakes placed andGrade 1 fourth Diamond Sparkles.
Taking the family success to the southern hemisphere, Quarter Moon’s (Ire) grandson King Frankel (GB) won on September 24 in Australia. Closer to home, another member of the family broke her maiden at Monmouth Park in late August. That duo are only two of six winners under DEMARCHELIER’s (GB) first two dams in the past two monts.
Dubawi (Ire) himself had a successful first weekend of October with his own runners. His son Erevann (Fr) won the Prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2) and daughter Soft Whisper (GB) won the Listed Peroni Nastro Azzurro Stakes on Saturday.