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Soft Falling Rain - Meydan 30.03.2013

Soft Falling Rain: winning at Meydan in March

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De Kock expecting Soft Falling Rain to improve

SOFT FALLING RAIN, who lost his unbeaten record in Saturday's Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, will improve for the outing says trainer Mike de Kock.

Owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, Soft Falling Rain was having his first start for 140 days in the Group 2 and was sent off the 9-4 favourite to make his first British start a winning one.

However, he went down to the John Gosden-trained Gregorian.

Not that De Kock was too disappointed. He told At The Races on Sunday: "He gave 2lb to the winner and coming from the southern hemisphere was disadvantaged to the tune of 2lb to 3lb, which was not factored into the weight he carried.

"It was a good run under the circumstances.

"I thought it was a quality field and there was enough form in Group 1s to say it was a really good field. Like most of our horses with the way we prepare them he will come on with racing."

De Kock, who has Soft Falling Rain entered in the Betfred Sprint Cup, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Qipco Champion Stakes, also gave his reaction to The Apache's disqualification in the Arlington Million.

Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, he interefered with Real Solution, who was awarded the race in the stewards' room.

"When I saw it on the internet and they showed the head-on I thought they would review the race," De Kock added.

"There was one movement off the fence and then he kept on going, with his stick in the left hand, it definitely unbalances the other horse.

"If it happened to me I'd have felt aggrieved and it was very close to the line as well. For that reason I thought maybe they would overturn it."

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