|Vengeance Of Rain Dead|
SAHorseracing.COM has reported that Vengeance of Rain has died at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where the great horse had retired. The gelding was 11 years old and most notably won the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2007 and he earned over $7.9 million in stakes and was rated in top 10 of the world.
Jockey Anthony Delpech told SAHorseracing.COM, one hearing of his sad passing: “I am deeply saddened of the loss of Vengeance. He was very special to me and I will treasure what he has done for me. I never got to see him retired but my tattoo of him on my arm will be with me forever. I will miss him forever and no horse will ever replace him. This is a very sad day for me.”
Owner Raymond Chow announced on Facebook: “I would like to announce the sudden passing away of the great Vengeance Of Rain this morning in Cambridge farm, there was no sign of struggle and he left in peace during his sleep.”
He was trained by South African born and Hong Kong based David Ferraris and ridden by South African champion jockey Anthony Delpech.
Vengeance Of Rain won 6 of his 9 starts over 2000 metres at Sha Tin, including the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, and by winning the latter two races, he was crowned Champion of the 2005 World Racing Championships. He was elected the Champion Middle-Distance Horse of 2005/06. He ranked 5th in the 2005/06 World Rankings, being the highest-ranked middle-distance horse on turf. In early 2006, he was spelled in New Zealand for six months to recover his form.
His performance has been encouraging since his return in late 2006, running 3rd in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup and winning the Hong Kong Gold Cup (HK Group 1) on 4 March 2007. His race record is 27 Starts, 10 Wins, 3 Places.
Vengeance Of Rain retired at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand from February 2008. By the great Zabeel he was out of a Danehill mare. He died at the Cambridge Stud in New Zealand on 25th October 2011.
Story source courtesy of www.sahracing.com