June 16th, 2022

UPDATED: DEMARCHELIER’s (GB) Sireline Superiority on Full Display at Royal Ascot

Only a few weeks before DEMARCHELIER (GB) has his first yearling go through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton July sale, his sireline is showing what is to come with much success at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet.

It is no surprise to see DEMARCHELIER (GB)’s sire Dubawi (Ire) putting on a show at Royal Ascot. The champion stallion and sire-of-sires has over 20 stakes winners and 40 stakes performers in 2022 alone as the leader among all North American and European stallions in every stakes category.

Dubawi (Ire) started off the Royal meeting with a reminder that his offspring are just as good at producing stakes performers when his daughter’s son Real World (Ire) finished second in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths. His first win at Royal Ascot as a sire came only a few races later when Coroebus (Ire) added a second straight Group 1 to his record in the St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1) against a top field.

Also the winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas (G1), Coroebus (Ire) is bred on a similar cross to DEMARCHELIER (GB) with his dam hailing from the Sadler’s Wells sireline just like DEMARCHELIER’s (GB). That cross has been a strong one on the track and in the breeding shed with a Sadler’s Wells granddaughter producing Dubawi’s (Ire) rising star sire Night of Thunder (Ire) to give us a glimpse of the future for DEMARCHELIER (GB).

Dubawi’s (Ire) success carried throughout the day with another son winning the Listed Wolferton Stakes by an easily three lengths. Just like Coroebus, the winning Dubai Future (GB) is bred similarly to DEMARCHELIER (GB) with his champion granddam Playful Act (Ire) by DEMARCHELIER (GB)’s damsire Sadler’s Wells.

It didn’t take Dubawi (Ire) long to get on the board on Wednesday when the stallion sired not only the winner but also the third-place finisher of the Queen’s Vase (G2) in the second race of the day. His son Eldar Eldarov was looking to stay undefeated in the race and did just that with a photo finish victory and Hafit (Ire) just a neck behind the second-place finisher.

It was also on Wednesday that Dubawi’s (Ire) ability as a sire-of-sires was showcased through his sons in the two biggest races of the day. Already spending the last few seasons showing us that Dubawi (Ire) is passing on his excellent siring skills, New Bay (GB) has taken those skills to another level at Ascot this week.

The stallion’s Group 1 winning daughter Saffron Beach (Ire) registered her third win in her last four starts when the filly easily defeated her rivals in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2). That victory gave Dubawi (Ire) sons the race exacta with Night of Thunder’s (Ire) daughter Thunder Beauty (Ire) earning her second group placing with a gutsy second.

That result came just one race after New Bay’s (GB) Bay Bridge (GB) stepped up credibly in Group 1 company for the first time to finish beaten just a length in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1) against a field where every other horse was a Group 1 winner.

If there was any doubt that Dubawi (Ire) sons can sire winners, New Bay continued to put that doubt to rest on Thursday when his son Claymore (Fr) gave him another stakes winner at the meet in the Hampton Court Stakes (G3) when defeating The Queen’s favored runner by 1 ¾ lengths. One race before that victory, New Bay (GB) saw his son Jimi Hendrix (Ire) give Dubawi (Ire) sons another placer at the meet when third in the Britannia Stakes.

That victory came four races after Dubawi (Ire) registered yet another victor with the nearly undefeated Secret State (Ire) in the King George V Stakes, Secret State’s (Ire) third win in four starts.

Dubawi (Ire) started the meet on Tuesday with a bang and ended it the same way with an exacta in the final Group 1 of the meet. Last year, Navel Crown (GB) finished second behind Creative Force (Ire) at the meet for a Dubawi (Ire) exacta and the pair reversed the placings when his son Navel Crown (GB) beat his stablemate in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes (G1).

Not wanting to be left out of the final day’s show, New Bay (GB) son Jumby (Ire) nearly won the Wokingham Stakes one race later. The 4-year-old fell just short when third to register the final Dubawi (Ire)-line placing of the week.

While his sire is a household name at this meeting, DEMARCHELIER’s (GB) female family is also no stranger to Royal Ascot success. His dam is a full sister to Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) second All My Loving, who produced two-time Royal Ascot Group 2 winner Thomas Chippendale.

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