Demarchelier's half-brother the star turn at Chelmsford on Monday
William Haggas saddles the sibling of the smart US performer
As Demarchelier prepares to enter the stallion ranks at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky next year, his younger half-brother makes his first tentative racecourse steps at Chelmsford on Monday.
A Star Above, trained by William Haggas, already looks a clever purchase by Rabbah Bloodstock on behalf of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, as he cost just 70,000gns from Tattersalls Book 1 last October.
This was before the Dubawi-sired Demarchelier had even appeared on the scene. Bought by Peter Brandt's White Birch Farm for 425,000gns the year before, he won a maiden for Chad Brown in November and raced through the ranks in an allowance event and the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes.
He was sent to the Grade 1 Belmont Derby as a key contender but took a bad step and was ultimately retired with glowing praise from his trainer, who said: "Demarchelier had as much talent and turn of foot as any young turf colt I've trained to date."
The Newsells Park-bred pair are out of Loveisallyouneed, an unraced Sadler's Wells sister to Group 1 winners Quarter Moon and Yesterday, part of the extended family of the likes of Eminent, Alborada, Aussie Rules and Coronet.
Newsells sold a yearling by Golden Horn for 80,000gns to Darragh McCarthy at this year's Book 2 and has engaged a full-sister to A Star Above in the imminent Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
With the Haggas stable still in good form, he should be popular in the Extra Places At totesport.com Novice Stakes over a mile and a quarter but a trio of more experienced John Gosden trainees lie in wait.
The Empire Maker-sired Colonize, Listed winner Magical Touch's brother Book Review and $800,000 yearling Pharoah King all have potential to take a forward step.
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