Bred by Highlands Farm, Soft Falling Rain was a R350 000 purchase at the 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Sent into training with champion Mike de Kock, Soft Falling Rain reeled off four wins, from as many starts, at two, culminating in a four length romp in the Gr1 SA Nursery. This campaign earned Soft Falling Rain the title of South Africa’s Champion 2YO Colt.
Exported to Dubai, the colt won his first three starts culminating in an impressive and historic win in the Gr2 Godolphin Mile. Soft Falling Rain, who had previously won the Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas, was the first 3yo ever to win the Godolphin Mile, and subsequently ran second in the same race, to fellow South African champion Variety Club, the following year.
Following is Dubai stint, Soft Falling Rain was campaigned in Britain, where he ran second in the Group 2 Betfred Hungerford Stakes before winning the Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes by an impressive three and a half lengths.
He ended his career having won or placed in ten of his 13 outings, and won from 1000-1600m.
Soft Falling Rain has the pedigree to match his fine race record. He is a son of the late Highlands Farm based sire National Assembly, whose 16 Grade 1 winners also include leading sire National Emblem (whose offspring include ten Grade 1 winners). Other top-class horses sired by National Assembly include Gr1 winners and champions Enchantress, Historic Lady, Forward Filly, National Currency, Secretary General, Duchess Daba and Big Brass.
Out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Gardener’s Delight, Soft Falling Rain is a half-brother to the brilliant debut winners My Nephew Eric and Splendid Garden.
South Africa’s latest addition to the stallion ranks hails from a superb North America female line.
Soft Falling Rain’s second dam Highbury is by champion sire Seattle Slew (also the broodmare sire of promising South African sires Sail From Seattle and Mambo In Seattle). Highbury herself is a half-sister to Gr1 Kentucky Oaks winner Gal In A Ruckus, and this is also the family of Gr1 winners Habibti (Starlet Stakes) and Clean Sweep (NZ 2000 Guineas), as well as Breeders Cup hero Eldaafer.
Soft Falling Rain has been syndicated, and owner Sheikh Hamdan has retained a share in the horse.