18 February 2019

Deceased Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain, whose first crop are now two, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Gin Fizz made a jaw dropping winning debut at Turffontein on Sunday afternoon.

Dispatched the  9-10 favourite, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Gin Fizz made all to win the Itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m in a common canter.
Under jockey Gavin Lerena, the filly (trained like her sire and dam by Mike de Kock) pulled further and further clear of her chasing rivals to record a 7.4 length in the style of a filly with a bright future.

The race was a great result for Soft Falling Rain whose daughter Makara finished third.

Owned by Wilgerbosdrift, Gin Fizz is the first winner for her sire (who spent his all too short stud career at Wilgerbosdrift), with Soft Falling Rain’s first four runners having now either all won or finished in the money.

One of 16 G1 winners sired by Danzig stallion National Assembly, the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum owned Soft Falling Rain was South Africa’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2012, when his four wins (from as many starts) including the G1 SA Nursery and Listed Storm Bird Stakes.
Exported to Dubai, Soft Falling Rain went on to win his next three starts including the G2 Godolphin Mile, and G3 UAE 2000 Guineas.

The bay, who eventually won group/graded races in three different countries, also scored a smashing three and a half length win in Newmarket’s G2 Nayef Joel Stakes, where he accounted for, among others, the group winners Montiridge, Premio Loco, and Penintent.

Soft Falling Rain, who passed away last year after a severe bout of colic, was produced by the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Gardener’s Delight –which made the Highlands bred champion a half-brother to all of G2 winner Let It Rain, Hong Kong scorer My Nephew Eric and G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap runner up Splendid Garden. Other notable relatives included champion US sire Smart Strike and former successful South African stallions Sail From Seattle and Strike Smartly.

The much missed champion has seven lots on offer at March 17th’s Cape Yearling Sale, namely a colt (Lot 15) whose 3 time winning dam is a half-sister to G1 J&B Met hero Martial Eagle, a filly (Lot 50) from the family of champion fillies Ecurie and Empress Club, a colt (Lot 61) from the same female line as champion sire Caerleon, a filly (Lot 72) from the same family as multiple US G1 winner Wekiva Springs, a colt (Lot 127) whose winning dam is a Western Winter half-sister to G3 winner Eighth Wonder, a half-brother (Lot 130) to two winners including former Dahlia Plate winner Oomph, and a  filly (Lot 167) from the family of G1 winning fillies Promisefrommyheart (dam of promising young sire Master Of My Fate) and Covenant.