TENEBRISM is a style of painting especially associated with the Italian artist Caravaggio and his followers. It is one in which most of the figures are engulfed in shadow, but some are dramatically illuminated by a beam of light. It is therefore a most appropriate name for the best horse sired by the stallion Caravaggio – to date.
Caravaggio won the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes in an unbeaten two-year-old career, but his racing highlight was surely his defeat of Harry Angel and Blue Point the following year in the Group 1 Commonwealth Stakes at Royal Ascot. He went to stud at Coolmore for €35,000, had that fee raised to €40,000 in his third season, but US breeders got the best deal this year when they could use him at Ashford Stud for just $25,000.