Cape bred superstar salutes at Newmarket
The Highlands Farm’s bred Soft Falling Rain continued his march to international superstardom with a facile victory in Friday’s Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket.
Sent out a warm favourite, Soft Falling Rain powered away from a world-class field to win the 1600m contest by 3.5 lengths, under Paul Hanagan.
The former Equus Champion has now won eight of his nine outings, with his sole defeat coming at his penultimate start, when second in the Group 2 Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. The colt has now won stakes races in three different countries, and his eighth wins have amassed over GBP 500 000.
His previous seven race winning sequence had included an historic win in Dubai’s Gr2 Godolphin Mile, where Soft Falling Rain overcame a wide trip to become the first 3yo ever to prevail in that World Cup night feature.
Trained by Mike de Kock, the handsome colt is likely to be aimed at the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on 19th October, where he could take on the likes of Declaration of War (Juddmonte International), Dawn Approach (2000 Guineas) and Toronado (Sussex Stakes).
A R350 000 buy at the 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Soft Falling Rain is owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
He is one of 70 stakes winners for his now pensioned sire, National Assembly.
Soft Falling Rain’s dam Gardener’s Delight, by world leading sire and broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway, is a descendant of the tap root mare Quillopoly – also the ancestress of such champion as Gal In A Ruckus, Smart Strike, Dance Smartly, and Habibti.