Double for Soft Falling Rain

Wilgerbosdrift’s deceased sire Soft Falling Rain’s progeny continue to impress and the champion son of National Assembly was responsible for a pair of eye catching winners at the Vaal racecourse on Thursday.

His Shadwell Stud bred son Al Jahbath made it two wins from as many starts when he romped home to a clear cut 5.75 length win in a juvenile plate over 1100m, when he won Thursday’s second race.
(In recording his second win from as many starts, the gelded Al Jahbath accounted for a smart field, with his beaten opponents including G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Singforafa.)

Ridden on Thursday by Randall Simons, Al Jahbath, like Soft Falling Rain, is trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Previously, Al Jahbath had made a winning debut when scoring first time out over 1000m at the Vaal.

Out of the Var mare Varachino, the gelded Al Jahbath holds an entry for the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe, which will be run at Greyville on Vodacom Durban July day.

Soft Falling Rain’s daughter Zephira Rain provided her much missed sire with a quick double when she won Thursday’s third race in good style for trainer Fabian Habib.

Making just her second outing, the Ndoro Stud bred Zephira Rain powered home to shed her maiden by an emphatic three and a quarter lengths, while scoring in open company over 1400 metres.

She was a R300 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.

Zephira Rain, who is out of the Western Winter mare Zephira, is the tenth winner to have emerged from Soft Falling Rain’s first crop of runners, with other notable performers including G3 Pretty Polly Stakes second Gin Fizz and Gatecrasher Stakes runner up Alramz.