Wilgerbosdrift’s well performed young stallion Soft Falling Rain has made a bright start to his stud career, with his first three mares testing in foal.
Bred by Highlands Farm, Soft Falling Rain, who earned over £700 000 in stakes, was a superb athlete, who won major races in three different countries.
Unbeaten in his first seven outings, Soft Falling Rain was South Africa’s Equus Champion 2YO Colt of 2012, when his four wins included the G1 SA Nursery and Listed Storm Bird Stakes. The handsome colt was then exported to Dubai where he reeled off three wins on the bounce, including the G2 Godolphin Mile and G3 UAE 2000 Guineas.
Soft Falling Rain made history when landing the Godolphin Mile as he was the first 3yo ever to win this prestigious race and his win was made more meritorious as the colt had to endure an extremely wide trip.
Sent to England, Soft Falling Rain, who won from 1000-1600m, put up a devastating performance when he won the G2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket, defeating four Group winners and 2000 Guineas runner up Glory Awaits in the process.
From the powerful Danzig male line which is currently dominating world racing around the globe, Soft Falling Rain is one of 16 Grade One winners for the late National Assembly (whose sire sons include National Emblem –responsible for 10 individual G1 winners). Out of the blue blooded Giant’s Causeway mare Gardener’s Delight, Soft Falling Rain is a half brother to Hong Kong winner My Nephew Eric, as well as Splendid Garden, who picked up his third win from just six outings on Tuesday.
This is the family of numerous G1 winners including Kentucky Oaks winner Gal In A Ruckus, star US filly Habibti and New Zealand 2000 Guineas victress Clean Sweep.
The former Equus Champion is set to cover some outstanding mares in his first season at stud, with Soft Falling Rain’s first mates including Equus Champion Alboran Sea among others.