Kentucky-bred Tenebrism, a Group 1 winner at two last year, registered her second Group 1 victory with a determined score in the Prix Jean Prat (G1) in Deauville, France on Sunday, July 11.
The 3-year-old daughter of Caravaggio settled in mid-pack early and was roused two furlongs from the finish by jockey Ryan Moore. She split rivals gamely and drove to the wire a clear winner of the seven-furlong affair.
Moore said in a Sky Sports Racing interview, “She won the Cheveley Park (G1) on her second (career) start and went to Newmarket for the Guineas and the ground was very fast. She never got into any rhythm but ran a good race at Ascot.
“She was still a bit green and struggled around the bend but finished well,” he added. “Today, it was nice to come to a level track on nice ground. She had to wait for a gap, but as soon as she got a bit of room, she accelerated through it like a motorbike. Caravaggio was fast, and she’s out of Immortal Verse, who is well known in France; she’s a pleasure to ride.”
Tenebrism is campaigned by Westerberg, Coolmore, and Merriebelle Stables and was bred in the Bluegrass by Merriebelle Stables and Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt, and is trained by Aidan O’Brien. She is now a winner in three of five starts and has banked $495,662.