Soft Falling Rain gelding impresses on debut

Wilgerbosdrift’s deceased sire Soft Falling Rain made his presence felt both on the track and in the sales ring over the past few days.

The former G1 SA Nursery winner, and globetrotting star, looks to have some very smart two-year-olds this season, with Soft Falling Rain’s latest juvenile winner to impress being the Dean Kannemeyer trained Cool Runnings.

The latter, a gelding bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, justified his 8-10 starting price when romping home to a facile debut at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday. Under inform jockey Keagan De Melo, Cool Runnings pulled clear of his field to run out a facile two length winner of a maiden juvenile plate over 1200 metres.

Out of the Rich Man’s Gold mare Aircon, Cool Runnings (third in a barrier trial previously) is the fourth juvenile winner for Soft Falling Rain this season, with the short-lived National Assembly son currently seventh on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 2Yos List.

Soft Falling Rain, whose first crop includes the graded stakes horses Montreal Mist, Gin Fizz and Alramz, also fared well at Friday’s Cape Yearling Sale, where he not supplied the R360 000 sales topping colt, but he also topped the Sires’ List for the 2020 Cape Sale.