Rain Affair is one of just three male horses in Saturday’s Group 2 2012 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Flemingtonon Saturday where the Joe Pride-trained sprinter will attempt to get his spring back on track.
The five-year-old was one of the most hyped sprinters heading into the spring but struggled first-up when an odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes.
He was beaten 4 1/2 lengths by stablemate Tiger Tees when finishing fourth but recently showed he may still be a force this spring when winning a trial in promising style.
Pride was pleased with the trial performance of the Commands gelding and is hoping for a favourable soft track this weekend.
“I’d just love some rain. I love seeing him on wet tracks, he’s almost unbeatable,” Pride said.
A winner of 11 of 16 starts, Rain Affair is part of a 10-horse field that is dominated by mares.
Satin Shoes has been in terrific form this spring with place finishes in both the Concorde Stakes and The Shorts but will have to overcome an outside barrier 10 draw this weekend.
Multiple Group 1 winner Streama will be out build on her first-up third to More Joyous in the Sheraco Stakes while 2011 Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle will be out to bounce back from a first-up ninth in the How Now Stakes.
Two quality mares kicking off their spring campaigns in the Premiere Stakes are Pear Tart and Red Tracer who are both resuming after excellent winter preparations.
Pear Tart will be chasing a fifth consecutive victory this weekend and was last seen taking out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm.
Red Tracer was also impressive during the Queensland winter, winning the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes and finishing fourth in the Tatt’s Tiara.
Other Premiere Stakes contenders include Jason Coyle-trained mare Emotional Circus and Patinack gelding Renewed Vitality.
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Premiere Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x1116122x4||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||3||58.5kg||111|
|2||31221023×8||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||James McDonald||9||58.5kg||85|
|3||x251x940x9||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||Glyn Schofield||1||56.5kg||108|
|4||30x319514x||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||4||56.5kg||108|
|5||11x21521x3||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||2||56.5kg||108|
|6||115x71111x||PEAR TART||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||8||56.5kg||104|
|7||5x02200x32||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||10||56.5kg||104|
|8||x491x7542x||SHANNARA||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56.5kg||101|
|9||138x1314x0||EVER THE SAME||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||7||56.5kg||90|
|10||x16115x147||EMOTIONAL CIRCUS||Jason Coyle||Blake Shinn||5||56.5kg||86|