Rain Lover (1964-1989) was a Champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse. He was owned and bred by Clifford A. Reid, who won the 1945 Melbourne Cup with Rainbird. From the mare Rain Spot, he was sired by Latin Lover, a son of the unbeaten European superstar, Ribot.
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. In his first Melbourne Cup triumph, under jockey Jim Johnson, Rain Lover won by a record eight-length margin and in a record time of 3:19.1.
Controversy surround 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as the hot favourite and heavily backed Big Philou trained by Bart Cummings was the victim of a doping scandal and was withdrawn from the race 39 minutes before the start. Rain Lover went on the win the race from Alsop and created history as the first back-to-back winner since Archer in 1861 and 1862.
Retired to stud in 1970, rain Lover enjoyed moderate success as a sire before his death in 1989.