Rain Affair backed to bounce back

11 September 2013 00:58:01 GMTPlus10

Trainer Joe Pride says he is confident Rain Affair will bounce quickly following his defeat in the Warwick Stakes.

Rain Affair paid the price for going off too quickly last time out as Veyron took the victory with Streama finishing second.

Rain Affair looked tired and finished third but Pride says the gut-busting performance could do Sydney's fastest horse the world of good going into the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Unfortunately it's one of those things where you need to take them to the races to find out. But historically, he has been able to bounce back.

Joe Pride

Pride is taking heart from the history books and says Rain Affair has bounced back in similar circumstances in the past and could do again.

"He went ridiculously fast in the TJ Smith and came out his next start to run second to All Too Hard in the All Aged in the autumn," Pride said.

"And he had a tough run in the Newmarket and came back to win the Challenge Stakes.

"It's hard to tell how he'll bounce back after the other day. Unfortunately it's one of those things where you need to take them to the races to find out. But historically, he has been able to bounce back."

Pride has yet to confirm the spring program for Rain Affair but if all goes to plan on Saturday then the Premiere Stakes could be his next race while the Manikato Stakes has not been completely ruled out either.

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