It’s not often a horse shows improved form upon leaving Aidan O’ Brien, but that is exactly what horse to follow Cenotaph seems to have done.
Now trained by Jeremy Noseda, the gelded son of War Front might now be a 6 year old, but he has still only raced 13 times in his life.
Cenotaph has twice absolutely hosed up at Chelmsford to make him 2 from 2 since joining Noseda. The later of those two performances in particular was extremely impressive, as he cruised to the front and readily asserted to make a mockery of his official rating of 91.
There are other very significant things to note about Cenotaph. One is that he is owned by Michael Tabor’s wife Doreen. Another is that while owned by the Tabor’s and trained by Aidan O’ Brien, he ended his 3 year old career as a four times raced maiden still only rated 80. It was a further 434 days before we again saw Cenotaph in public when he duly obliged off a revised mark of 72 in a lowly Dundalk maiden in September of his 4 year old career.
Cenotaph cut no further ice in six more runs for O’ Brien. However, that one of the wealthiest and probably most powerful owner/trainer partnerships in the World, who have combined to win numerous Classics and Group 1’s around the World, would persevere with such a lowly rated and overall disappointing horse speaks volumes for the high regard in which he must have been held.
They knew there was something there and clearly they were right.
Now that he has regained the winning thread under the new surroundings of the Noseda yard, punters will be watching closely to see where he goes next. With a new rating likely to be in the low 100’s, one would presume a switch to turf will be next and if he can translate his all-weather form on to the grass, then who knows where he might end up.
The 2019 Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot is a long way off, but it wouldn’t be the first time the wily Noseda has hatched a year long plan.
Watch very closely for this horse when he next runs, as he will be very dangerous where ever he goes.