Vengence of Rain adds to Zabeel appeal

11 July 2005

The news that Australian-bred Vengeance of Rain (Aus:Subscribe) was recently awarded Champion Stayer and Champion Middle Distance Horse at the HK Jockey Club Horse of the Year awards comes as no surprise after a wonderful season that saw the powerful son of Champion sire Zabeel win both the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Cup G1 and the Hong Kong Derby G1.

Vengeance of Rain was also strongly nominated for the HKJC Horse of the Year Award, but was beaten for votes by the popular ‘peoples horse’ Silent Witness.

Already, the plan is to bring the big horse back to Melbourne to set him for the MRC Cox Plate.

Vengeance of Rain is a full brother to Dizelle (Zabeel – Danelagh) who distinguished her self in the past autumn with her victory in the AJC Oaks G1 and the MVRC Woodstock Mile G2. It is an important achievement for any broodmare to produce a G1 winner, let alone two horses of such international class who are running simultaneously at the highest level in HK and Australia.

Danelagh (Danehill) is a daughter of Palatious (Semipalitinsk) who was produced by the Rascolnik mare Delicious Blue.

The Delicious Blue (All in Vain) family has become an extremely successful and popular Qld family with plenty of female descendants.

Like his champion half-brother Zabeel, the Plaintree Farms based sire Count Albrecht (Geiger Counter) is also a son of the Champion Australian Broodmare Lady Giselle.

With so many mares now available by the wonderful broodmare sire Semipalitinsk – as well as the immediate family of All In Vain – the opportunity exists to duplicate the same important female families that have resulted in racehorses like Vengeance of Rain and Dizelle for a fraction of the cost.

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It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he is wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and a challenge.

—Marguerite Henry