April 13th, 2023

Niall Brennan selects DEMARCHELIER as his ‘under-the-radar’ leading first-crop sire.

THE TDN: Who Will be This Year’s Leading First-Crop Sire?

Niall Brennan’s Under-the-radar pick: DEMARCHELIER (Dubawi {Ire}–Loveisallyouneed {Ire}, by Sadler’s Wells). Claiborne Farm, 2023 fee: $5,000.

“My under-the-radar pick will be Demarchelier, a son of Dubawi who stands at Claiborne. He was an excellent racehorse in the making who won his first three starts before he got hurt. That reminds me of Danzig, who only had three starts and was retired. I’m not comparing him to Danzig. I’m just saying it is a similar story.

“He’s the only son of Dubawi to stand over here and he had a lot of talent. I bred a mare to him because I thought he was a super value. Like Oscar Performance, he’s going to have to step up and prove himself because he’s a turf horse standing in America.

“They are average-sized, which he was. I have two that I really like. They are sharp and forward. I saw a couple breeze well at the March sale. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes up with four or five nice 2-year-old winners on the grass. He has the quality to do that. He has the potential to break out and have some really nice turf horses.”

Demarchelier (GB)
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