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Soft Falling Rain Retired

Monday, 18th August 2014

Globetrotting South African bred galloper Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly-Gardener's Delight, by Giant's Causeway) has been retired from racing and will stand at leviathan owner Mary Slack's Wilgerbosdrift Farm in South Africa. The 5YO, who is from the final crop of South African sire National Assembly, was last seen finishing sixth behind Toronado in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trained by Mike de Kock for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Soft Falling Rain was campaigned across three countries, namely England, UAE, and his native South Africa, for 8 wins from 13 starts, highlighted by wins in the Gr1 South African Nursery Plate, Gr2 Godolphin Mile and Gr3 UAE 2,000 Guineas. Speaking on his website, De Kock said: "This is a coup for the South African breeding industry. Soft Falling Rain was a world class sprinter-miler and will bring a valuable pedigree, remarkable versatility and true international quality to our community of breeders." He added, "Soft Falling Rain has been doing plenty of travelling which is not ideal for a horse of this calibre competing at the highest level. It takes its toll. This is the right time to have retired him. That Sheikh Hamdan has kept a share is most encouraging. He will support Soft Falling Rain with some of his top broodmares. Wilgerbosdrift, too, has a terrific broodmare band."

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