Rain Affair has extended his unbeaten run by winning the 2011 Missile Stakes at Randwick Racecourse last Saturday.
The four-year-old gelding made the successful step up to Group level when he won the race by a nose ahead of second-place getter Winter King.
Jockey Corey Brown was quick to predict that Rain Affair was in need of a spell after tiring in the 2011 Missile Stakes.
“I reckon he’s ready for a rest now,” Brown said.
Brown was not confident he could win during the concluding stages of the race.
“I just put my head down and hoped,” he said.
“I thought Jimmy got at least half a head on me at the 100 metres.
“He (Rain Affair) has got the fighting qualities there.
“Today he wasn’t in the mood to do it and he’s still done it.”
Rain Affair’s trainer, Joseph Pride, was thrilled with his gelding’s gutsy effort.
“I’m dead-set the worst judge of a photo in Australia but I thought he had won,” Pride said.
“He was very brave. I had an inkling during the run that he didn’t look quite as fast today and he’s raced right through the winter so credit to the horse for digging deep when he needed to.
“He wasn’t entitled to win that and I was very proud of him.”
Pride also found luck when his horses Phenomenal Lass and Othello also won at Randwick on Saturday.
“It’s been a good day, I haven’t had a bad runner all day,” Pride said.
“Neeson ran a good race for fourth in the Missile too so I was very happy with him.”
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2011 Missile Stakes Results
|1||6||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||–||5||58.5kg||$1.90F|
|2||8||WINTER KING (NZ)||David Payne||Jim Cassidy||0.1L||8||58.5kg||$61|
|3||3||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.9L||2||58.5kg||$7|
|4||5||NEESON||Joseph Pride||Christian Reith||5.9L||9||58.5kg||$21|
|5||1||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Mr Tye Angland||7.3L||4||58.5kg||$13|
|6||4||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||7.5L||7||58.5kg||$9|
|7||7||SQUAMOSA||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||8L||6||58.5kg||$4.20|
|8||9||O’CRIKEY (NZ)||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||8.8L||1||58.5kg||$301|
|9||2||HERE DE ANGELS||Wendy Roche||Jeff Penza||21.4L||3||58.5kg||$51|