Tenerani like his great son was never the apple of Federico Tesio’s eye but his exploits on the track and at stud were of huge significance.The son of Bellini and Tofanella was foaled in 1944.As a two year old Tenerani like almost all of Tesio’s horses was worked hard seven races three wins in modest events.Nothing suggested that the master of Dormello’s view on the colt was unfair.However like Ribot almost a decade later he made great progress from two to three and won his opener the Premio Merano well, finished second in the main Derby trial the Filiberto to Duccio, but avenged himself on the big day.The Dormello colt dominated the rest of the middle distance scene in the country, wins followed in the Gran Premio Di Milano,Gran Premio D’Italia,St Leger Italiano and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club his only defeat coming at Merano where he failed to give six pounds to the Oaks D’Italia winner Zembra.
Tesio was never a huge fan of bringing his horses on unnecessary foreign trips but at this stage he felt that he had the talent in the stable to defeat any horse in Europe.In 1948 Tenerani won his opener in Milan before winning the Premio Presidente della Repubblica in Rome.The Gran Premio Di Milano would be dominated by Tesio where he pitched Tenerani against his two wonder fillies Astolifina and Trevisana the colts half sister.Astolfina won a magnificent race with the colt second and Trevisana in third.Il Mago then prepared the two fillies for the Arc where they disappointed after being odds on to win.
Tenerani was instead sent to England for the King George predecesor, the Queen Elisabeth Stakes when under a magnificent ride from Camici he defeated the subsequent St Leger winner Black Tarquin by a short head.Black Tarquin at two had won the Royal Lodge and Gimcrack and at Royal Ascot had won the St James Palace stakes .A mere three years after the war an Italian horse had come to England and won the premier weight for age race in the country.
Tenerani stayed in England to contest the Goodwood cup over a full mile further.Once again Camici was magnificent bringing Tenerani home ahead of the Ascot Gold cup and Prix du Cadran winner Arbar.Tenerani had done his international travelling and returned to Italy where in 1949 he would win the race named after his master the Premio Federico Tesio.Timeform rated Tenerani 135 in 1948 the same as Black Tarquin and Arbar both of whom he had defeated over different distances.Tenerani was similarly underrated as a stallion many saying he only really sired Ribot as if that wasn’t enough, but as well as Ribot there were other top class animals such as Tissot champion in Italy,Fighting Cocks the dual Ascot Gold cup winner and Tender Hooks who would emulate his sire in the Goodwood Cup.
Camici,Tesio and Tenerani a mere three years after the war had put Italy back on top of European racing.Over the next decade Five horses bred by Tesio and ridden by Camici would all become middle distance champions of Europe.Even though one stood above all the rest, all were magnificent champions.In Week four we will look at Botticelli now largely forgotten but one of the finest horses racing has seen only diminished by his proximity to the greatest of them all.