Rain’s sister in foal to sire sensation!
Rose Garden, the only sister to globetrotting superstar Soft Falling Rain, has been tested safely in foal to Avontuur’s world-class new stallion, Oratorio.
Rose Garden was mated to the former European champion Oratorio as the resulting foal would have a pedigree on very similar lines to that of Soft Falling Rain.
While former Equus Champion 2YO Colt Soft Falling Rain is by a son of Danzig (National Assembly), Rose Garden’s foal will be a grandson of the immortal stallion.
A daughter of the outstanding broodmare sire Spectrum, Rose Garden (described as a smallish mare herself) must be considered one of the best bred mares in the country. Soft Falling Rain and Rose Garden were produced by the beautifully bred Giant’s Causeway mare, Gardener’s Delight.
Gardener’s Delight is also the dam of the unbeaten My Nephew Eric, who has been sent to Hong Kong, where he will further his career under the care of former leading South African trainer, David Ferraris.
Not only is Gardener’s Delight by one of the world’s top sires (Giant’s Causeway has been champion sire in the US three times), she is from a prolific family. Her second dam, by Triple Crown winner and leading sire Seattle Slew, is a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Gal In A Ruckus, and this is also the family of such international standouts as Habibiti, Clean Sweep and Breeders Cup hero Eldaafer. Further back it is the family of champion US sire Smart Strike and promising local stallion Sail From Seattle.
Gardener’s Delight’s star son, Soft Falling Rain – who won his first seven starts, was a respectable second in the G3 Hungerford Stakes last time out. The Mike de Kock trained colt has been entered in the G3 Nayef Joel Stakes, which will be run on September 27th at Newmarket.
Oratorio himself has been enjoying a magnificent season – at the time of writing, Danehill’s champion son had been represented by no fewer than 17 individual stakes winners in 2013.