Wilgerbosdrift’s ill-fated sire Soft Falling Rain has been enjoying a good run of late, with the former Equus Champion supplying a rash of winners all over South Africa.
The G1 SA Nursery winner was at it again on Saturday, with Soft Falling Rain runners scoring at both Kenilworth and Turffontein.
Soft Falling Rain’s two-year-old son Pray For Rain stamped himself as a massively exciting prospect when he romped to a ten and a quarter length win over 1000m on Saturday.
The Dennis Drier trained colt was always up with the pace, and eventually drew further clear of his hapless rivals to post a dominant win under MJ Byleveld.
Pray For Rain, likely to run next in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day, had been fourth on debut at his only previous outing. Bred by the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, Pray For Rain was a R425 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Like Soft Falling Rain’s talented 3yos Montreal Mist and Alramz, Pray For Rain is out of a mare by Avontuur’s top sire Var.
At the time of writing, Soft Falling Rain had been responsible for three two-year-old runners this season thus far –and all three have won!
The champion also enjoyed success at Turffontein on Saturday, when his three-year-old son Enrique romped home to a facile two and a quarter length maiden win over 1600m.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the gelded Enrique is trained by Candice Dawson and he was ridden to victory by Warren Kennedy.