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Drakenstein Stud had two strings to their bow in the respective Triple series of classic races in Gauteng before the weekend and now Rain In Holland (Duke Of Marmalade) is the last one standing as Safe Passage’s (Silvano) chances of landing the WSB SA Triple Crown ended when he failed to fetch the Joe Soma-trained Red Saxon.
 
Drakenstein run all of the fillies they breed and the hopes for Rain In Holland as a youngster were not high.
 
Racing manager Kevin Sommerville said, “My report for her was ‘Well balanced, good shoulder, slightly slack pasterns and slightly weak behind. I gave her a seven out of ten.”
 
He continued, “The mother at the time did not look anything special, Her first foal by Nathaniel (Galileo) was very small.”
 
The mother is in fact a half-sister to Vodacom Durban July dead-heater Dancer’ s Daughter (Act One) .
 
Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock was responsible for getting Dancer’s Daughter over here so recommended Imvula (Aqlaam) to Gaynor Rupert. She raced in the Drakenstein colours for Ed Dunlop in the UK, winning once over a mile at Goodwood in just two starts, before being sent to Nathaniel and imported in foal to South Africa.
 
The stud made a good call to send Rain in Holland to Johannesburg as she appears to love to gallop, just like Dancer’s Daughter did. The Highveld’s galloping courses with long straights suit her.
 
Trainer Sean Tarry is a five times SA Champion and is always among the Grade 1 victors in any season.
 
Sommerville was happy to see the pace on during the race.
 
He said, “The harder and faster they went the better and she found a good rhythm. It suited her.”
 
The way the nuggety filly galloped the field into the ground in the straight made her look as if she could become a great, although none of the connections are getting ahead of themselves yet.
 
Gaynor Rupert is overseas at the moment but watched the race and was thrilled.
 
Rain In Holland should stay the 2450m trip of the Grade 2 SA Oaks and is a 3/10 shot to land the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara.
 
Imvula unfortunately suffered a dystocia after her last mating so has had this season off.
 
Sommerville concluded, “Rain In Holland is an uncomplicated filly and Sean said so far she seems to have pulled up well.”
 
Picture: Candiese Lenferna