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Soft Falling Rain In Doubt For Ascot

Friday, 23rd May 2014

Mike de Kock says it is "touch and go" whether Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly-Gardener's Delight, by Giant's Causeway) will make it to Royal Ascot as a result of the temperature he spiked on his arrival in Britain, reports racingpost.com. The virus caused the 5YO to miss last Saturday's Lockinge Stakes and De Kock said there would have to be no more interruptions if he is to be ready for the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes on 17 June. "Obviously we had a setback with Soft Falling Rain travelling into England," De Kock said. "He didn't travel that well, picked up a temperature so that has cost us a week to ten days of work. It is going to be touch and go. Every day will have to go well for us otherwise we will be in trouble." There are no such issues with stable-mate Shea Shea who will bid to avenge his narrow defeat by Sole Power in last year's Kings Stand Stakes. "Shea Shea I am very happy with and all is going well," De Kock added. "He will probably go for the Kings Stand Stakes; the other race [Diamond Jubilee] would be a long shot."

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