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UAE 2000 GUINEAS (Group 3)
Meydan, All Weather, 1600m
14 February 2013
“This is the birthday present I wanted!” said an overjoyed Mike de Kock after Soft Falling Rain had won Thursday night’s US$250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (Group 3) at Meydan in Dubai. Stablemate Zahee finished third.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and brother His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum were on course to witness Sheikh Hamdan’s three-year-old earn a record fifth win in this race for South Africa’s globetrotting trainer.
Soft Falling Rain, winner of the 1400m trial three weeks ago, coped admirably well with the extra 200m here under the owner’s main jockey Paul Hanagan recording a first UAE 2000 Guineas win for his owner.
Champion Juvenile of 2012 in South Africa, Soft Falling Rain has now won all six career starts.
“He is a really nice horse and we will have to decide where he runs next,” said Sheikh Hamdan. “This 1600m really seems to suit him on this surface and we could stick to this trip. The UAE Derby is possible but he has a lot of speed. Wherever he runs here next we are keen to take him to England and Royal Ascot would be a possibility for him.”
Mike added: “We were a bit concerned about his stamina but he has seen it out well and we will have to think about his next race. The Godolphin Mile is a possibility. A race like the July Cup in the UK could be ideal later, but we’ll play it by ear.”
Extracts from Mike de Kock Racing and Emirates Racing Authority