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Soft Falling Rain Falls For First Time
Top South African galloper Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly-Gardener's Delight, by Giant's Causeway) has met defeat for the first time going down to Gregorian in the Gr3 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, reports thenational.ae. The Mike de Kock-trained 4YO entire, who races in the blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, had previously boasted 7 wins from 7 starts including the Gr1 South African Nursery Plate & Gr2 Godolphin Mile at Meydan. But despite losing his unbeaten status, de Kock was pleased with Soft Falling Rain's performance. "He's been beaten by a Gr1 horse," the champion trainer said. "He's been off the track for 140 days so I have to be chuffed with him. Looking at that, he wants a mile and I'll have to discuss plans with the owner." De Kock had stated before the race that the Hungerford was merely a preparatory race for feature events later in the season including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot on October.