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Soft Failing Rain wins the Godolphin Mile.
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Soft Falling Rain wins the Godolphin Mile.
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Trainer Mike De Kock said today it's very "touch and go" as to whether Soft Falling Rain will run at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes. De Kock said Soft Falling Rain didn't travel well at all to Great Britain and he spiked a high temperature upon his arrival. The problem caused Soft Falling Rain to miss last Saturday's G1 Lockinge Stakes, and De Kock said they've already lost about 7 to 10 days of work with him. De Kock said, "it's gonna be very touch and go. Everyday will have to go well for us leading up to the race or we're in trouble." De Kock went on to say that his star sprinter Shea Shea arrived in good order with no problems and that he's likely for the G1 King's Stand Stakes at 5f. De Kock said the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 6f would be a long shot for Shea Shea.
I think how well Soft Falling Rain runs in the G3 Mahab Al Shimal at Meydan on Saturday will determine where he ends up on world cup night? If he runs a big race at 1200 meters in the Mahab Al Shimal then I think it's likely Mike De Kock will go for G1 glory in the Golden Shaheen on world cup night. But if he's handily beaten at this distance then I'd say we'll likely see him going for back to back wins in the Godolphin Mile, IMO.
ran a cracker finishing one from last only about 30 lengths from the winner slowly improving lol
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  • paul.nathan.946 · EK ran good race agree she belongs against her own sex that's where she turns it on and proves how classy she is top colts just a little bit to good for her · 427 days ago
  • yukichan · She out-raced Animal Kingdom... · 427 days ago
Mike De Kock had said going into the race he'd let Soft Falling Rain's performance in the G2 Nayef Joel Stakes determine if he takes him to Ascot for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes next month or not? Doesn't get much better than he looked today. A classy horse that could be a very serious contender to the likes of Dawn Approach, Toronado, Elusive Kate, etc... in the QE II Stakes, IMO.
Watching Soft Falling Rain's impressive win today in the G2 Nayef Joel Stakes makes it pretty evident to me that he obviously needed the run coming off the Dubai layoff when he got turned over by Gregorian in the G2 Hungerford Stakes. If he'd ran as well as he did at Newmarket today at Newbury he would've beaten Gregorian easily that day, IMO. I said this before when Soft Falling Rain was in Dubai, if Mike De Kock can ever get this horse to stay 10f he's a potential Dubai World Cup winner some day, IMO. He saw out a mile well today on the rolly mile at Newmarket which having to come up out of the dip there probably makes it a kin to staying about 8-1/2 or 9f over a flat track like Meydan.
Wins the Nayef Joel Stakes very impressively!
For anyone who still hasn't seen the replay of Soft Falling Rain's run in the G2 Hungerford Stakes on Saturday that cares to, the race is uploaded now onto YouTube. Type in 2013.08.17 Hungerford Stakes-Gregorian and you'll find the replay.
Was/is he still entered for today? Can somebody post his result whe they hear/see something please?!
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · No disgrace in this loss whatsoever for Soft Falling Rain. He came into the race off a 5 month layoff, not having raced since he won the Godolphin Mile in Dubai back in March. First time he'd raced on turf again since his 2yo season in South Africa, and he was beaten only a 1-1/2 lengths by a horse in Gregorian who already had 4 quality starts under his belt in 2013 where he'd been 2nd in the listed Spring Trophy Stakes at Haydock, he'd won the G3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom at 8-1/2f, 3rd in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, and 5th in the G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Plus, Soft Falling Rain had Tawhid, Caspar Netscher, & Libranno finishing behind him and Tawhid & Caspar Netscher both came into the race off of outstaning efforts in the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes and G2 Lennox Stakes respectively. Onward and upward for Soft Falling Rain. He'll only improve for this run next time out, IMO. · 490 days ago
  • kaitlinefree1 · this horse is SO GOOD. after a five month lay off & being on a new surface, hes just crazy good. · 490 days ago
Soft Falling Rain is set to make his British debut in the G2 Hungerford Stakes over 7f at Newbury on Saturday. Paul Hanagan, who rode him in Dubai is booked for the ride, but this looks to be potentially a good deal tougher race than what he faced even in the Godolphin Mile with the likes of Gale Force Ten, Producer, Darwin, Caspar Netscher, Sovereign Debt, Gregorian, Trade Storm, Garswood who was an impressive winner of the G2 Lennox Stakes in his last start all slated as potential runners for Hungerford. Soft Falling Rain was my favorite horse of the whole carnival and I've been anxiously anticipating his return to the track, although the layoff since Dubai is a bit of a concern considering most of the other horses entered have at least 2 or 3 runs each under their belts this season. Should be great race!!
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · @yukichan, really like this colt a whole bunch too, but the layoff is also a worry for me as well. He's gonna be facing some tough, genuine 3+YO horses with proven form lines at 7f. Among them likely to be Garswood, Sovereign Debt, Libranno, & Caspar Netschar. But the Hungerford Stakes is a race that Mike De Kock has targeted before. He sent Musir to the race in 2011 and he ran a very creditable 3rd behind Excelebration & Beacon Lodge. Even if Soft Falling Rain loses his first race at Newbury on Saturday I for one certainly won't be writing him off because of it. · 494 days ago
  • cigar161 · It's been such a long time. Really hope to see him crush. · 493 days ago
Trainer Mike De Kock has announced that Soft Falling Rain is a go to make his British debut in the G2 Hungerford Stakes over 7f at Newbury on August 17th. Speaking for myself, Soft Falling Rain was my favorite horse of the whole Dubai Carnival this year. I thought he especially ran with great credit on world cup night to win the G2 Godolphin Mile from such a wide draw and with De Kock not knowing for sure whether he'd stay a mile or not? Can't wait to see him race again in the Hungerford Stakes!!
  • jonquil · Well, this'll be interesting. · 499 days ago
  • rafirox · Let's see if he can shut all the naysayers up.... I think he can. · 498 days ago
When IS this horse going to run again?! Anyone have ANY news of him???
Netter tahan Dubai millenium?
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  • Northport · Can't even see how this one compares to Dubai Millennium, except for the fact that they both won in Dubai, and it wasn't even on the same surface, under the same conditions, or at the same distance. SFA is a sprinter/miler. If he goes on to win on dirt and turf at the highest international level at a classic distance in such a devastating fashion that was a trademark of Dubai Millennium, I will gladly eat my words. I am also not sure how "just being one of Aiden's three year olds says a lot" ... LOB is definitely in the Ballydoyle second string at most, and just because many of his horses are well bred, does not mean that they are automatically better than other horses when it comes to actually racing. · 562 days ago
  • Sullivan · Northport, Dubai Millennium is the first horse that comes to mind when I think international winning streak and versatility. Kind of like how every season we get the Derby favorite and Secretariat comparisons · 562 days ago
Getting giddy!! Mike de Kock mentioned bringing his horses to the Breeder's Cup -- what if Soft Falling Rain raced against Wise Dan!?!?!?!
As much as it pains me to be reporting this, trainer Mike De Kock cast doubt on Wednesday about Soft Falling Rain's participation in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes later this month. Speaking to AtTheRaces.com, De Kock said Soft Falling Rain has been acclimatizing at Newmarket for the past few weeks but traveling around the world had taken a lot out of him. De Kock said Soft Falling Rain had a hard race in the Godolphin Mile and he didn't want to run him until he was certain he was back to 100% again. De Kock said should Soft Falling Rain not make his originally scheduled intended date in the Diamon Jubilee Stakes that the G1 July Cup would also be an opton, saying that this colt has plenty of speed. Total respect for Mike De Kock looking out for Soft Falling Rain and doing what's in the best interest of the horse, but as a racing fan who became a huge Soft Falling Rain fan in Dubai this year I can't help but be a little disappointed that we
  • ILuvTurfRacing · It cut off part of my post. It should say I can't help be a little disappointed that we're probably not going to see him at Ascot. · 563 days ago
  • Sullivan · It is a little disappointing. It's better than being retired. · 562 days ago
I'm curious where he will make his next start.
  • Northport · Based on De Kock's post-Godolphin Mile comments it sounds like Royal Ascot is the main target. I don't remember which race he mentioned, since the St. James's Palace is for 3 y/os, but by NH standards, SFR is not a three year old. So unless they can make some kind of arrangement or if they are willing to put him in the Queen Anne I guess it is a bit of a question mark. · 606 days ago
  • travel_vic · great name · 606 days ago
I'm going to put it out there i don't think this horse has a hope
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  • cocoa2 · Are you kidding? He hasn't even got a brogue! · 630 days ago
  • travel_vic · wagers have to be encoded go to a betting hub and then be decoded...It takes time considering the bulk of the money. · 630 days ago
This horse is bad as hell. One of the most talented 3yo that Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Shadwell operation have had in long, long time. 7 for 7 lifetime now with a listed and G1 win in South Africa and G3 and G2 win in Dubai. Well done indeed, Mike De Kock!!
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  • cab2536 · Alpha did run pretty well given his recent form. Let's hope that his effort here gets him back on track. · 631 days ago
  • Northport · I was also impressed with Alpha, I didn't expect him to win, but I was happy to see him ending in the single digits · 631 days ago
Now he's a great horse, first time watching him race and wow.
interesting name & a very nice pedigree. i WILL be paying attention to this horse. Mike De Kock has some good ones!
Easy winner for Soft Falling Rain. This talented 4 yr. old by National Assembly keeps his undefeated record in tact, now 5 for 5, with his win today in the 2000 Guineas at Dubai.
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  • AmbitiousD · Thanks, Brian. I wasn't sure. · 674 days ago
  • icyhotboo · likin sparks/ we have to compare notes as we seem to be pretty close on the selections, no matter the race details. · 674 days ago

Soft Falling Rain - Race Results & Past Performances

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View DetailsView Video06/17/14Soft Falling Rain6thAsc11 mileTQueen Anne Stakes-G1 4+ MToronadoVerrazanoAnodin1:37.73
View DetailsView Video03/29/14Soft Falling Rain2ndMey21 mileSGodolphin Mile-G2 3+ MVariety ClubSoft Falling RainFlotilla1:37.28
View DetailsView Video03/08/14Soft Falling Rain9thMey46 fSMahab Al Shimaal-G3 3+ MRich TapestryReynaldothewizardComplicate1:11.70
View DetailsView Video10/19/13Soft Falling Rain11thAsc41 mileTQueen Elizabeth II Stakes-G1 3+ MOlympic GloryTop Notch TontoKingsbarns1:44.18
View DetailsView Video09/27/13Soft Falling Rain1stNew31 mileTJoel Stakes-G2 3+ MSoft Falling RainMontiridgePremio Loco1:37.20
View Details08/17/13Soft Falling Rain2ndNby47 fTHungerford Stakes-G2 3+ MGregorianSoft Falling RainTawhid1:25.84
View DetailsView Video03/30/13Soft Falling Rain1stMey21 mileSGodolphin Mile-G2 3+ MSoft Falling RainHaatheqMoonwalk In Paris1:39.97
View DetailsView Video02/14/13Soft Falling Rain1stMey31 mileSUAE 2000 Guineas-G3 3 MSoft Falling RainSnowboarderZahee1:36.70
View DetailsView Video01/17/13Soft Falling Rain1stMey57 fSConditions 3 MSoft Falling RainI'm BackSnowboarder1:23.68
View Details04/28/12Soft Falling Rain1stTur36 fTSouth African Nursery-G1 2 MSoft Falling RainZiparanaGreenacre1:07.68
View Details03/03/12Soft Falling Rain1stTur55 fTStorm Bird Stakes 2 MSoft Falling RainWar HorseDue And Payable0:56.78
View DetailsView Video02/14/12Soft Falling Rain1stTur25 fTJuvenile Plate 2 MSoft Falling RainDue And PayableLeap In The Del0:57.17
View Details01/17/12Soft Falling Rain1stTur15 fTMaiden Juvenile Plate 2 MSoft Falling RainCellarmasterBlushing Peter0:58.01