Rain Affair has won the Group 3 Missile Stakes, which took place at Royal Randwick Racecourse last Saturday August 10, 2013.
The six-year-old won the race by an outstanding 5.5 lengths ahead of Mic Mac, who placed second, and Title, who passed the post in third position.
Rain Affair will now look to continue on into some of the big features this spring, with his next race due to be in the 1,400 metre Group 2 Warwick Stakes on August 24, 2013.
Trainer Joseph Pridewas thrilled to see Rain Affair back in the winner’s circle after a 16 month absence.
“It’s fantastic to see him win again,” Pride said.
“He came here in good order. He is such an exciting horse and I know he is going to win a Group One.”
“After that we’ll look at the Chelmsford over 1600 metres and if he handles that, then the Group One will be the George Main Stakes,” Pride said.
“If he doesn’t look as if he will get the distance then we will come back and get him ready for the Manikato Stakes over the 1200 metres.
“They are extremes, I know, but I think he can run a mile and if he can the George Main would be ideal.”
Jockey Nash Rawiller was also impressed with Rain Affair’s ability in what was his first-up start for the spring carnival campaign.
“He is a magnificent horse,” he said.
“It’s a while since he’s won but the horses he’s been placed behind are pretty amazing.
“He raced a bit fresh and is an extravagant going sort of horse but he’s very good.”
Rain Affair has won 12 of his 23 race starts and has earned more than $1.31 million in prize money during his horse racing career.
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2013 Missile Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||–||4||58.5kg||$1.30F|
|2||3||MIC MAC||Paul Messara||Christian Reith||5.5L||5||58.5kg||$6.50|
|3||6||TITLE||Joseph Pride||Jay Ford||8.5L||1||58.5kg||$20|
|4||7||MY DESTINY||Kevin Berry||Nathan Berry||9.9L||2||58.5kg||$18|
|5||5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||James McDonald||10.5L||6||58.5kg||$17|
|6||4||ATOMIC FORCE||Darren Smith||Tim Clark||15.4L||3||58.5kg||$31|