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DUBAI: SOFT FALLING RAIN IN FOCUS
by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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Meydan: Soft Falling Rain is an unbeaten South African bred colt in the care of Mike de Kock, and he stamped himself as the best of the classic division in Dubai when taking the UAE 2,000 Guineas (G2) over 1600 metres at Meydan in February. His next start may come in the UAE Derby (G2), though the Godolphin Mile (G2) is also an option. His long tgerm plan is a trip to Royal Ascot in June.

The son of National Assembly, racing in Handam Al Maktoum's silks, had won the Guineas Trial on his seasonal bow, and he was a strong favourite in the Guineas, contested by seven colts and one filly. Soft Falling Rain raced a bit keenly just behind the leaders, and when jockey Paul Hanagan let him have a bit more rein, the colt soon asserted and won the race comfortably. He was 2 lengths too good for Snowboarder, who stayed on from the back to take second aheads of Zahee. Soft Falling Rain won all his four races and was Champion 2-year-old colt in South Africa.

His peak came in the South Africa Nursery Stakes (G1) over 1200 metres at Turffontein. Always to the fore, he took the lead 400 metres from the winning post and blew right away to win by 4 lengths from Ziparana. With so much speed, it is questionable whether Soft Falling Rain will appreciate going 1900 metres, but class counts for an awful lot in this game and he could pull off the Guineas / Derby double.

He was bought for R350,000 at 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. His dam, the Giant's Causeway mare Gardener's Delight, was bred in the USA and comes from the same family as Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Gal in Ruckus.




Published: 2013-03-11 05:18:58

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