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Meydan

  • 13:10 Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Etisalat 1m

  • (Group 2) (AWT) 3,662,577 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner 2,095,363 2nd 792,583 3rd 393,727 4th 180,198
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:12:02

Mike De Kock's Soft Falling Rain won the Group Two Godolphin Mile at Meydan

Last Updated: 30/03/13 1:36pm

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Paul Hanagan: Rode Soft Falling Rain

Paul Hanagan: Rode Soft Falling Rain

Mike De Kock's Soft Falling Rain won the Group Two Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Etisalat at Meydan.

Almost everything that could go wrong for Paul Hanagan's mount did go wrong in the opening thoroughbred contest on Dubai World Cup Night but that didn't prevent the favourite from taking the spoils.

Last year's Champion Juvenile in South Africa had got warm beforehand and was off the pace having been drawn wide in 13 but he was well on top in the final half a furlong and remains unbeaten after six career starts.

Red Jazz had broken well and was prominent but Charles Hills' runner had soon been seen off by the front-running Alpha.

Alpha, himself, was collared by Haatheq as the field turned for home with around two furlongs to run and it looked as though the 40/1 chance may have stolen the race under Royston Ffrench.

However, he had to settle for an honourable three parts of a length second with Moonwalk In Paris a further length back in third while David O'Meara's Penitent held every chance turning for home before just being run out of the places.

Hanagan, bagging a 10th winner at this year's Dubai Carnival, said: "They went so quick and I was a little bit wider than I wanted to be, but he is so genuine and he kept finding extra when I needed it.

"I really couldn't have wished for things to have gone any better for me out here. I've had a great season."

De Kock said: "I was blown away by the form he showed tonight - I haven't seen too many horses under pressure like he was, he was pushed out deep but he still saw it out to claim the win. Champions get through it. It's great for Sheikh Hamdan.

"If it was my choice I would rather come back in trip with him than move up in distance, but he is a fantastic prospect to look forward to."

It appears that Soft Falling Rain could get the chance to advertise his capabilities in Britain this summer.

De Kock said: "I think we'll definitely take him to Royal Ascot, he'll have at least one entry and the Queen Anne, the race Frankel won last year, would be the one for him."

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