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Rain Lover racehorse Melbourne Cup winner


Racehorse Rain Lover (1964-1989) was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse. He was one of the very few horses to win the Melbourne Cup more than once.

Rain Lover was one of the great post war stayers. In a 46 start career this high class entire won 17 races including two Melbourne Cups and was placed on 18 occasions.

He was sired by the good racehorse, Latin Lover and his dam Rain Spot was by Valognes (GB) and owned and bred by Clifford A. Reid, who won the 1945 Melbourne Cup with Rainbird.

Trainer Mick Robins, a former coal miner from Broken Hill, New South Wales had obtained his trainer's licence just three months before he took over Rain Lover's conditioning.

He and the horse are best remembered for their back-to-back wins in the 1968 and 1969 VRC Melbourne Cup.

After managing only 1 win and 1 placing from 5 starts at 2 years Rain Lover showed at 3 years when the young stayer won 3 of his 9 starts (with 5 placings) including the 1968 Adelaide Cup.

Set for the Cups in the spring he was well beaten in a 5 furlong race at Victoria Park before running second at 100-1 to Lowland in the Craiglee.

The talented mare again had his measure in the Underwood Stakes before he ran third in the Caulfield Stakes behind Future. He peaked for his three runs over the Cup carnival at Flemington and after winning the Mackinnon Stakes from Fileur and Galilee he went into the Cup at 7-1 with Jim Johnson in the saddle winning by a record eight-length margin and in a record time of 3:19.1 beating Fileur and Fans.

Controversy surrounded his second win as the hot favourite and heavily backed Big Philou trained by Bart Cummings was the victim of a doping scandal and was withdrawn from the race 39 minutes before the start. Burdened with 9 st. 7 lbs. Rain Lover still went on the win the race from Alsop and created history as the first back-to-back winner since Archer in 1861 and 1862.

Amongst his other major wins were the SAJC Adelaide Cup, VATC St George Stakes (twice) and the AJC Chipping Norton Stakes.

Race caller Bert Bryant’s call of the two horse war between Big Philou and Rain Lover in the 1970 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is considered an epic. In a very close finish, Bert plumped, rightly, for Big Philou by a nose . He said "If you got it wrong in a two-horse race, you’d have to give it up forever." To hear that classic race call click here.

Retired to stud in 1970, Rain Lover enjoyed moderate success as a sire before his death in 1989 at age 25.

 

 

 

 

 

Latin Lover Ribot Tenerani
Romanella
Hortentia Precipitation
Hydrangea
Rain Spot Valognes Bois Roussel
Belle Etoile
Nineteenth Hole Epigram
Joyce W


 

 

 

 

 

MAJOR WINS
Adelaide Cup (1968)
Mackinnon Stakes (1968)
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1968)
Melbourne Cup (1968, 1969)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1969)
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1969)
Craiglee Stakes (1969)
Underwood Stakes (1969)
St George Stakes (1969, 1970)
VRC Queens Plate (1970)
AJC Autumn Stakes (1970)

Racing Awards
Australian Horse of the Year (1969)

15th    1-Apr-67          Victoria Park        Juvenile Handicap 5 f                Cox 8.7                     Light Red (8.6) 20-1: 17 ran 00:59.5
7th      10-May-67       Morphettville        Sandringham Handicap 6 f      J Johnson 7.11       Mukama (8.2) 10-1: 13 ran 01:13.8
unp    13-May-67       Morphettville        SAJC Sires' Produce 8 f           Callow 8.1                 Vitalis (8.1) 100-1: 13 ran 01:38.7
2nd     3-Jun-67        Victoria Park         College Handicap 7 f               J Letts 8.2                 Fox Cub (8.7) 5-1: 7 ran 01:27.9
1st     17-Jun-67       Morphettville         Marana Handicap 8 f               R Cox 8.4               Scarlet Prince (8.2) 9-10f 15 ran 01:39.9
7th      23-Sep-67      Morphettville         Kennels Welter 8 f                   M Goreham 8        Valpura (8.7) 25-1: 12 ran 01:36.6
2nd     30-Sep-67     Cheltenham          Derby Trial Stakes a9 f         J Letts 8.2                Kembla (8.9) 9-1: 9 ran 01:56.0
3rd      24-Feb-68      Victoria Park         Botanic Handicap 7 f             J Miller 8.3               Knight Royal (8.1) 22-10f 9 ran 01:24.6
3rd      9-Mar-68         Morphettville         Edinburgh Mile 8 f                    J Letts 7.6            Romany (7.9) 45-10: 7 ran 01:38.3
1st      23-Mar-68       Victoria Park        Glen Ormond Handicap 8 f    J Letts 8.3            My Lady Fair (8.6) 16-10f 7 ran 01:40.1
2nd     30-Mar-68       Cheltenham        Tulloch Handicap a9 f             J Letts 7.6            Romany (7.13) 2-1f 7 ran 01:55.0
1st      25-Apr-68        Morphettville        Anzac Handicap a10 f            J Letts 7.8              Yucatan (7.13) 2-1f 8 ran 02:05.1
2nd     4-May-68          Morphettville        SAJC St Leger Stakes 14 f    J Letts 8.1            Lowland (8.8) 18-Oct: 8 ran 03:04.2
1st      8-May-68          Morphettville        Adelaide Cup 16 f                   J Letts 7.3            Dhebel Boy (8.3) 6-1: 13 ran 03:31.0
9th      17-Aug-68         Victoria Park       Corporation Handicap 5 f      J Letts 8.9           Taksiachis (7.6) 25-1: 12 ran 01:00.0
2nd     31-Aug-68        Morphettville       Airport Welter 8 f                      J Letts 9.3            Makadola (9.8) 5-1: 11 ran 01:41.5
2nd     14-Sep-68        Flemington      
  Craiglee Stakes 8 f                 H White 9.0          Lowland (8.9) 100-1: 8 ran 01:36.6
2nd     26-Sep-68       Caulfield               Underwood Stakes 10 f         H White 9.0          Lowland (8.9) 13-4: 9 ran 02:02.7
3rd     12-Oct-68          Caulfield             Caulfield Stakes 10 f              P Hyland 9.0         Shorengro (9) 9-2: 11 ran 02:03.2
6th      19-Oct-68         Caulfield             Caulfield Cup 12 f                  J Johnson 8.2       Bunratty Castle (7.13) 6-1ef 20 ran 02:29.7
1st       2-Nov-68         Flemington         Mackinnon Stakes 10 f          J Johnson 9.0       Fileur (9) 7-1: 9 ran 02:04.7
1st       5-Nov-68         Flemington         Melbourne Cup 16 f               J Johnson 8.2       Fileur (8.7) 7-1: 26 ran 03:19.1
3rd       8-Feb-69         Morphettville       Willunga Handicap 6 f           N Mifflin 9.11         
Manihi (10) 14-1: 8 ran 01:15.2
1st       22-Feb-69      Caulfield             St George Stakes 9 f              J Johnson 9.0      
Cyron (9) 9-4: 7 ran 01:52.2
1st       8-Mar-69         Flemington         Queen's Plate 10 f                   J Johnson 9.0      Shorengro (9) 1-10f 4 ran 02:04.2
1st       15-Mar-69       Flemington         Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 f    J Johnson 9.0   Future (9.3) 4-6f 6 ran 02:36.8
1st        29-Mar-69      Warwick Farm   Chipping Norton 10 f            J Johnson 9.0         Roman Consul (9) 1-1f 6 ran 02:03.5
3rd        5-Apr-69         Randwick            Autumn Stakes 12 f               J Johnson 9.0       Roman Consul (9) 1-3f 6 ran 02:32.2
2nd       7-Apr-69         Randwick            Sydney Cup 16 f                     J Johnson 9.6       Lowland (8.8) 9-4f 17 ran 03:24.4
3rd       12-Apr-69       Randwick            Queen Elizabeth Stakes 14 f   J Johnson 9.0    Lowland (8.12) 9-10f 4 ran 02:58.0
3rd        23-Aug-69      Sandown           Liston Stakes 7 f                    J Johnson 9.3       Maritana (9.3) 14-1: 15 ran 01:25.4
1st        13-Sep-69      Flemington       Craiglee Stakes 8 f                J Johnson 9.3       Maritana (8.3) 5-4f 6 ran 01:40.5
1st        25-Sep-69      Caulfield           Underwood Stakes 10 f        J Johnson 9.4       Fileur (9.4) 1-1f 10 ran 02:06.5
2nd       4-Oct-69         Flemington       Turnbull Stakes 12 f                J Johnson 9.5       Fileur (9.5) 4-6f 8 ran 02:32.2
4th        11-Oct-69       Caulfield           Caulfield Stakes 10 f             J Johnson 9.4       Big Philou (9) 10-9f 11 ran 02:02.4
4th        1-Nov-69        Flemington       Mackinnon Stakes 10 f           J Johnson 9.3      Roman Consul (9.3) 1-1f 5 ran 02:04.4
1st       4-Nov-69         Flemington       Melbourne Cup 16 f                J Johnson 9.7      Alsop (7.7) 8-1: 23 ran 03:21.5
5th       8-Nov-69         Flemington       Queen's Cup 12 f                     J Johnson 9.5     Lochcort (7.7) 4-1: 10 ran 02:32.4
11th     7-Feb-70        Morphettville      Del Mar Sprint 6 f                    Mifflin 10.6           Countess Wynyard (7.13) 14-1: 19 ran 01:10.9
1st       21-Feb-70      Caulfield            St George Stakes 9 f             P Hyland 9.2        Young Brandy (9.2) 5-1: 8 ran 01:50.8
1st       7-Mar-70         Flemington       Queen's Plate 10 f                  P Hyland 9.2         Big Philou (9) 9-10f 5 ran 02:03.3
2nd     14-Mar-70       Flemington       Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 f   P Hyland 9.3      Big Philou (9) 4-6f 2 ran 02:29.8
1st       28-Mar-70      Randwick          Autumn Stakes 12 f                G Moore 9.3          Big Philou (9) 1-2f 6 ran 02:30.1
8th       30-Mar-70      Randwick          Sydney Cup 16 f                       G Moore 9.11       Arctic Symbol (7.9) 2-1f 11 ran 03:35.8
3rd       1-Apr-70         Randwick         Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 f   H Cope 9.5         Panvale (7.7) 5-1: 14 ran 02:35.1


Starts : 45 (16 Wins, 10 2nds, 8 3rds, 11 unplaced)

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