Fresh off supplying Saturday’s impressive G2 4Racing SA Fillies Nursery winner Heavens Girl, Wilgerbosdrift’s late sire Soft Falling Rain was once again to the fore, when responsible for two more winners at Kenilworth on Monday.
His two-year-old son African Rain caught the eye when romping home to land Monday’s first race at Kenilworth, the Welcome To Cape Racing Juvenile Plate (1200m), by a facile two and a half lengths.
The Candice Bass-Robinson trained colt drew off in the closing stages, under a confident ride from Greg Cheyne to win as he liked by two and a half lengths.
Now a winner of two of five starts, the Ridgemont Highlands bred colt could be aimed at a juvenile feature later in the season.
African Rain is one of eight two-year-old winners for Soft Falling Rain this season thus far, with this tally also including the aforementioned Heavens Girl, as well as the stakes placed pair of Hope Is Power and Silver Salmon.
Soft Falling Rain’s second success came when his Andre Nel trained son Izapha stormed home to win Monday’s fifth race, the Computaform Online MR 80 Handicap (1100m), by nearly half a length.
One of four winners on Monday for jockey Grant Van Niekerk, the Rex Stud bred gelding has now won two of his last three starts.
Out of the Dynasty mare Indaba (and thus bred on the same cross as Heavens Girl), three-year-old Izapha is one of 28 winners to have emerged from Soft Falling Rain’s second crop.