Pride’s Affair To Restart In The Autumn

By: Ryan Clark
January 3rd, 2012

Rain Affair may have won his seventh straight race and set a new course record at Warwick Farm yesterday but it wasn’t all roses for Joe Pride.

The trainer was left seething after officials ignored his calls for the track to be softened up.

He said that despite being an almost unbackable favourite in the $100,000 Carrington Stakes Rain Affair was a very real chance of being withdrawn.

“No one listens to you when you lose, so I might as well have a whinge now we’ve won,” Pride said.

“The track was just too hard today. I have been telling them all weekend to water the track.

“I felt a lot of pressure to possibly take him out of the race. I very nearly scratched Rain Affair this morning, but he needed to run.

“He didn’t like it one bit out there but he was still able to win.”

This is despite the fact the horse covered the 1100m in 1min 2.15sec, more than half a second better than the previous record set by Centre Fire 11 years ago.

“He might have broken the track record, although I don’t know what that means because they have run fast times in nearly every race,” he said.

The surface started the day as a Good 3 but was quickly upgraded to a Good 2 under the Sydney heat.

Corey Brown steered Rain Affair to victory and agreed he had a few troubles with the ground.

“He chopped and changed stride a few times during the race but he showed a lot of courage to win,” Brown said.

“He’s a top-class sprinter.”

Rain Affair will now be freshened up in a bid for big time black type success over the autumn carnival.

“He won’t run again in January,” Pride said.

“I’ll give him a let-up now, there are no suitable races for him for the rest of this month.

“This horse is destined for good things. He’s got a big race written all over him.

“It’s an open book in regards to his program during the autumn but I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t end up running in Group 1 sprints.”

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