05/30/2005 11:00PM

Filly upsets North Light at Sandown


The filly New Morning handed last year's Epsom Derby winner, North Light, a shocking defeat with a front-running victory in the 1 1/4-mile Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park in England Tuesday night.

New Morning was making her 2005 debut in the $90,000 race. A 4-year-old by Sadler's Wells, she had not run against colts since winning a 1 1/2-mile Leicester maiden race last May, although she had won a 1 1/4-mile listed race for females at Salisbury in August. Ridden on Tuesday by Philip Robinson, and sent off at 12-1, New Morning held off the 9-10 favorite North Light by a half-length with multiple Group 2 winner and 2003 Arc runner-up Mubtaker another 1 1/2 lengths farther back in third.

Grand Passion finished fourth, while another filly in the five-horse field, Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner and E.P. Taylor runner-up Punctilious, was last, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

A full sister to 2003 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare winner Islington, the Michael Jarvis-trained New Morning was timed in 2:08.10 on a turf course labeled good to firm.

Earlier, 16-1 shot Celtic Mill held on under Robinson to win the five-furlong Group 2 Temple Stakes, defeating Orientor and Balmont by a pair of noses in a thrilling finish. Celtic Mill - who had run third only eight days earlier in a six-furlong listed race at Windsor - was timed in a quick 1:00.60 on the uphill course. Group 1 winner Var finished eighth.