Rain Affair Well-Weighted For 2012 Concorde Stakes Victory

September 7th, 2012

Trainer Joe Pride is confident that Rain Affair can return to his winning form in the 2012 Concorde Stakes at Warwick Farm racecourse tomorrow.

The has won 11 of his 15 race starts and has earned more than $1 million in prize money during his career.

The five-year-old finished second in the Group 1 All Aged Staked at Randwick Racecourse last start in April and has since had a long winter spell.

Rain Affair has had two barrier trials since returning to work and has won each of them.

Pride is positive the gelding will be near his best for the 2012 Concorde Stakes.

“I reckon Rain Affair has come back awesome,” Pride said.

“I think he has returned with an extra level of strength and if it’s not seen tomorrow it will be seen through the preparation.”

Rain Affair will carry 59 kilograms in the 2012 Concorde Stakes, which is just five kilograms more than stable mate Tiger Tees.

“It’s not always the answer to doing form but if you went off their benchmarks, Rain Affair should be giving Tiger Tees for example, five kilograms,” Pride said.

“He’s very well weighted.

“Neither of them are at their peak for their first-up run as you would expect, but I think they’ve got the class to run the quinella.”

Tiger Tees will go into the 2012 Concorde Stakes first-up also after an almost three month spell.

His last run was in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap where he finished a gallant eighth.

The Dubawi gelding has won eight of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $310,000 in prize money during his career,

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