As a daughter of North America’s leading turf sire Kitten’s Joy, from a deep European female family, Vibrant Spirit will be an excellent match with the brilliant young Kentucky stallion Demarchelier for 2021.
A beautiful and beautifully-bred colt in the classic European mold, Demarchelier was actually campaigned in the States after Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm purchased him for the equivalent of $592,486 as a yearling at Tattersalls on the advice of Mike Ryan and Chad Brown. Demarchelier scored in his lone 2-year-old start, then took a Keeneland allowance in his first sophomore appearance to earn TDN Rising Stardom, prior to stepping into stakes company and triumphing in the G3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont with a big late run. All three of those wins came at just over a mile, and these proclivities line up perfectly with what Vibrant Spirit showed on the track, as she was a winner going 1-1/16 miles on turf at both 2YO and 3YO.
The pair are also a very strong case of like-to-like physically, both being well-balanced, medium-sized individuals.
Although Kitten’s Joy mares have not had any chances with Dubawi yet, the broader cross of Dubawi over Sadler’s Wells has produced a host of good horses, starting with 2020’s top-rated racehorse in the world, Ghaiyyath. Other G1 winners bred this way include Night of Thunder, Too Darn Hot, Old Persian, Monterosso, etc. Vibrant Spirit also has Nureyev appearing in her pedigree via Spinning World, the sire of her second dam, and Nureyev is closely related to Sadler’s Wells — this combination is one that has been consistently successful as well, bringing in multiple strains of Northern Dancer and the Blue Hen mare Special.
All of which we think points to a very attractive foal from this pairing, with a big future on turf.
Demarchelier wins the G3 Pennine Ridge
Profile of Demarchelier upon retirement
Ghaiyyath, by Demarchelier’s sire, Dubawi, out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, wins the G1 Coral Eclipse