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Meydan

  • 15:55 UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors 1m

  • (Group 3) (AWT) 915,643 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner 584,911 2nd 181,112 3rd 90,559 4th 45,139
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
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  • Off time: 15:55:19

Soft Falling Rain pours it on in UAE 2000 Guineas for Mike de Kock

Last Updated: 15/02/13 10:36am

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Paul Hanagan (left) was aboard the winner at Meydan

Paul Hanagan (left) was aboard the winner at Meydan

Soft Falling Rain took his unbeaten record to five with a clear-cut victory in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan.

The Mike de Kock-trained runner justified his short price of 8/11 in this Group Three over a mile with a smooth success.

Paul Hanagan had the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt sat just behind the Tom Dascombe-trained leader Deauville Prince in the early stages.

Hanagan set sail for home at the top of the straight and gradually asserted to win by two and a quarter lengths from Snowboarder with Zahee, also trained by De Kock, third just ahead of Deauville Prince.

Hanagan told At The Races: "I have to say a great team effort from Mike de Kock and the lads.

"He was a bit fresh the first two runs. He's totally gone the right way now - lovely and relaxed.

"There's always a bit of doubt in your mind (about a longer trip), but the way he relaxed last time and from sitting on him at home I was always pretty confident."

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