Dam of Champion a Delight for Highlands
Soft Falling Rain has become the latest South African bred champion to shine overseas.
Unbeaten in his six starts to date, the colt was an impressive winner of the Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas last time out.
Bred at Highlands, the colt is a truly blue blooded individual and must rate an extremely attractive future stud prospect.
He is from the penultimate crop of his sire National Assembly, responsible for 16 Gr1 winners. National Assembly offspring have earned over R100 000 000 in stake money, and his tally included over 140 stakes horses.
Soft Falling Rain is one of several champions to have featured successfully in Dubai for his sire. National Assembly’s champion offspring, National Currency and National Colour, both scored in Dubai previously.
Soft Falling Rain’s dam, the Giant’s Causeway mare Gardener’s Delight, looks to be a very promising mare for Highlands. Not only has she produced two winners from as many runners, Gardener’s Delight has also proven an extremely fertile and successful broodmare.
Mike Sharkey of Highlands says the reason she was sent to the aged National Assembly is that the Giant’s Causeway/Danzig nick has done well previously, and they wanted to duplicate it. National Assembly was Gardener’s Delight’s second mate, as Mike says National Assembly tended to throw small foals from maiden mares.
Happily, Gardener’s Delight is a highly fertile mare, and has produced five foals in as many mares. Her first foal was the winning Spectrum filly, Rose Garden, and the next Soft Falling Rain.
Her current 2yo, by Sail From Seattle, named My Nephew Eric, is currently in training. He cost R1 000 000 at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Gardener’s Delight, whose sire Giant’s Causeway was champion sire in the US for the third time in 2012, has a Black Minnaloushe yearling colt and a Dynasty colt at foot.
Her Black Minnaloushe colt, named Splendid Garden, was sold to Mike Azzie for R800,000 at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book One).
Mike is also keen on the mare’s Dynasty colt, saying he is a lovely foal. The mare is back in foal to Highlands’ leading sire, Dynasty.
Soft Falling Rain has a truly lovely international pedigree, with his dam by Giant’s Causeway, second dam by Seattle Slew, and third dam by Gummo. His fourth dam is the great tap-root mare, Quillopoly, whose sire Princequillo is one of the greatest sires and broodmare sires of all time.