Soft Falling Rain winning at Meydan in MarchPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Soft Falling Rain set
for Hungerford Stakes
THE Mike de Kock-trained Soft Falling Rain is set to make his British debut in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on August 17.
A champion juvenile in South Africa, the unbeaten Soft Falling Rain won three times at Meydan at the start of the year and headed to Britain with Royal Ascot on the agenda.
He missed that and also bypassed the July Cup, but Newbury's 7f Group 2 has been confirmed as his next target.
The son of National Assembly is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose racing manager Angus Gold said: "He's an intended runner and it will be his UK debut.
"We gave him a bit of a break to freshen him up and we're looking forward to running him."
David Simcock has Sussex Stakes fourth Trade Storm engaged in the Hungerford, but is set to rely on Caspar Netscher, second in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on his return to action after he proved subfertile at stud.
"If he comes out of Goodwood okay then he's more likely than Trade Storm to run at Newbury," said Simcock.
"We'll just have to wait and see whether two and a half weeks between his races is long enough given he was coming back from a long time off the track.
"We were delighted with that first run back."
The Hungerford was last year won by Lethal Force, who has added the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup to his cv this term.