Aidan O’Brien’s exciting prospect Tenebrism made a stunning late
charge to win the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, writes
Ryan Moore piloted the two-year-old filly to a surprise win in a high-quality field, that included a number of potential future flat stars, going off at 14-1.
She had not run since a successful debut at Naas back in March, but the daughter of Caravaggio made a magnificent step up to Group One action by rallying late to edge out the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained Flotus, by half-a-length.
It was another success in the Cheveley Park for O’Brien who won this race in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Despite being inexperienced, Tenebrism flew down the stand-side rail to hunt down 11-1 shot Flotus.
Ger Lyons’ Sacred Bridge, pre-race favourite, was looking to continue the unbeaten start to her career but never truly looked like keeping up with the winning pace.
Entering the final furlong it looked like Flotus would hang on but in a tight finish, O’Brien’s Tenebrism surged home in her first trip across the Irish Sea to make it two wins from two starts.
“She is a very talented filly. She was working very well in the spring and won first time, then was obviously off the track for a length of time,” Moore told ITV Racing after the win.
“But even at the start she knows what to do and was quick to get into gear. She picked up really well.
“Aidan always held her in the highest regard. He said she has a great pedigree, and Aidan wouldn’t pitch her into this level if he didn’t believe she was up to it.
“But it is always harder than the first run.”
Sacred Bridge had gone off favourite ahead of Andrew Balding’s Sandrine, who was coming off the first defeat of her career at York last time out, but managed a credible third here.