Joseph Pride-trained gelding Rain Affair will be out to record his first ever Group 1 victory when lines up in the TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday.
The four-year-old has won 11 of 13 starts, including three times at Group 2 level, but finished sixth in his only run at the top class in last month’s Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
Prior to the Newmarket defeat, the Commands gelding had finished first past the post on nine straight occasions and Pride attributes this to a special fighting quality the horse possesses.
“He never comes back with an inch of energy left in him. He’s just amazing,” Pride said.
“He puts absolutely everything into it and just gives his all. That’s why he’s a winner and continues to win.”
Despite recording his first ever finish when running in the Newmarket, Rain Affair bounced back well to take victory in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Rosehill on March 31.
Pride is confident the good form can continue for the highly successful horse, especially if the Sydney weather can deliver his favoured wet conditions.
“I’m really happy with the way he has come through his last start and I look forward to maybe getting some rain this week in the lead up to the TJ,” Pride said.
A born sprinter, 10 of his 11 wins have come at distances between 1000 and 1200 metres with one at 1400 metres.
At 1200 metres, the TJ Smith will suit the highly promising gelding who faces a potential shoot out with William Reid Stakes winner Foxwedge and unbeaten filly Atlantic Jewel who are both expected to be nominated for the event.
The TJ Smith Stakes is a highly regarded sprint and was last year won by superstar mare Black Caviar.
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