Hungerford Stakes: Soft Falling Rain set for Newbury outing

Soft Falling Rain is set to run in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes

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Soft Falling Rain is set to run in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday but trainer Mike De Kock is not expecting too much.

Soft Falling Rain had been handed entries at Royal Ascot and in Newmarket’s July Cup but De Knock bypassed those targets and he will make his debut on British soil this weekend instead.

The horse was one of the stars of the Dubai Carnival, when winning the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night, but assistant trainer Steve Jell says punters should not expect too much from him in the Hungerford.

“Soft Falling Rain is coming along nicely but you must remember that he’s had a good few months off since he last ran,” said Jell.

“He’s been over here a while now and has been going nicely at home.

“We’ll just see what happens on Saturday, we won’t rush into making any future plans until we get this out of the way.

“It will be good to see him back in action, he looked very good in Dubai.

“We just want to see him run a nice race, but all of our horses that we’ve run over here have improved massively after their first run and I reckon that will be the case with him.”

Soft Falling Rain will also face some tough opposition with Gordon Lord Byron, who has won at Group 1 level over the same trip, also entered, along with the likes of American import Darwin and Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten.

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