Newsells bred Demarchelier wins Gr.3 as a prep for the Belmont Derby


The Newsells Park Stud bred Demarchelier maintained his unbeaten record when landing the Gr.3 Pennine Ridge Stakes over 1m1f at Belmont Park on Saturday 1st June.

Trained by Chad Brown and owned by Peter Brant, the three-year-old previously scored on his debut at Aqueduct and won an allowance race at Keeneland.

Brown told BloodHorse: “We were fortunate to have Peter Brant step up and buy this horse on our first trip to Tattersalls. He bought us a nice colt who is perfect so far.  Peter is very involved and very knowledgeable. We all work together as a team, and [bloodstock agent] Mike Ryan helped in picking him out. Peter is not just the guy who writes the cheques. He knows what he’s doing.”

This race is one of the main prep races for the Gr.1 Belmont Derby, and Brown added: “It looks like the plan is coming together. Obviously he’s a top-quality horse. He’s well bred and has been very well ridden each time [by Javier Castellano]. It’s exciting to have a horse headed to the Belmont Derby.”

Demarchelier was bred and sold by Newsells Park Stud for 425,000gns to White Birch Farm at Tattersalls October Book 1.  By Dubawi, he is out of Loveisallyouneed, the Sadler’s Wells full-sister to Gr.1 winners Yesterday and Quarter Moon.   She also has a yearling colt by Golden Horn.

Back in the UK, Newsells Park Stud also bred the third horse in the Gr.1 Epsom Derby, with Japan involved in a thrilling finish to just be beaten by half a length and a nose despite his jockey dropping his whip inside the last furlong.

Also a Gr.2 winning two-year-old Japan looks to have an exciting season ahead for his trainer Aidan O’Brien and owners Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor.  By Galileo he is a full-brother to the Gr.1 Oaks and Gr.1 Preis der Diana runner-up Secret Gesture and high-class Gr.3 winner Sir Isaac Newton.