Three Horses To Follow From The Weekend


One of the best performances of the weekend came in the bumper at Newbury on Sunday with exciting prospect Jonbon made his debut for Nicky Henderson and blew the field away.

The son of Walk In The Park made his eagerly anticipated debut, with plenty of racing fans looking forward to seeing the £570,000 purchase run.

The five year old had been seen once in a point to point at Dromahane in Ireland and he ran out a 15 lengths winner over three miles.

JP McManus snapped him up after that with him being a full brother to superstar Douvan and he showed on Saturday that the he could follow in the footsteps of his sibling.

Taking on a decent runner for Paul Nicholls in Petrossian, who faded easily, he put the field to bed easily and looks a highly exciting runner to follow.


Moving on to Sunday's stand out runners and it was the Aidan O'Brien show at Naas with him releasing some of his youngsters on debut and Tenebrism looks to be an absolute superstar.

The two year old filly is a daughter of Group One winning sprinter Caravaggio out of a Group One winning mare and at the weekend she was seen for the first time over five furlongs.

O'Brien's horses are notoriously known for needing he run, with the special ones going onto win first time out and Tenebrism looks to fit the latter category.

Having travelled well, Seamie Heffernan gave the filly a tap down the neck and the rest was history with her showing an enormous amount of speed to run out a four lengths winner.

She is a sprinter to keep on side for the big events this season.

Empress Josephine

The second O'Brien horse to take note of from this weekend was Empress Josephine, who headed into the event the 3/1 second favourite, but ran as though defeat was never in question.

The three year old daughter of Galileo is a full sister to multiple Group One winner Minding and on Sunday she made her debut over a mile, in a an event where there was some proven runners.

With two furlongs to go it looked as though she may need the run, but When Heffernan got to work she showed an electric burst of pace to get away from the field.

The third placed runner had previously finished a close second in a Group Three event and O'Brien's new star went away from her with ease.

She is another that could be a superstar in waiting.