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Soft Falling Rain fancied for the Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes
Soft Falling Rain and Radiator may sound like words ready to be spoken as the autumn kicks in, but two horses bearing those names are fancied to warm the hearts of punters at Newmarket tomorrow.
Soft Falling Rain goes for the Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes and is selected to get back on the winning trail in the hands of Paul Hanagan.
Trained by Mike de Kock, this handsome colt suffered the first defeat of his eight-race career at Newbury last month when finishing second to Gregorian in the Hungerford Stakes.
That race was his first outing since the end of March and the rain-softened ground and lack of a genuine end-to-end gallop counted against him.
A top performer, as he showed when he was crowned South Africa’s leading juvenile, Soft Falling Rain can prove his class tomorrow by coming out on top of a field which includes North Yorkshire’s Penitent, winner of this race last year for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope and back to form at Sandown last week.
Radiator, trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Prince Khalid Abdulla, lines up in the opening Aqlaam Oh So Sharp Stakes and will be a popular choice among backers after her demolition job at Lingfield last time out.
Radiator won by a remarkable 15 lengths and, although it could be argued that the opposition did not amount to much, she could hardly have been more impressive.
She deserves this step up to Group 3 company and can oblige again in the hands of James Doyle, Abdulla’s newly-retained jockey.
Veteran Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain has done a stupendous job this season on Rizeena, a triple winner who gained Group 1 honours on her latest start in the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland.
The juvenile tackles tomorrow’s Shadwell Fillies’ Mile, another Group 1 contest, instead of Saturday’s Cheveley Park Stakes and the step up to a mile for the first time should not inconvenience her. She will be a tough nut to crack.
Also worth watching out for on this cracking card are the unbeaten Estiqaama (2.10), who goes for a four-timer, and the admirable Gatewood (4.25), who can gain compensation for his narrow defeat, after a break, at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting earlier this month.
At Haydock, Magic Of Reality promises to produce a bold show in the Frank And Tom Fitzgerald Handicap.
The three-year-old lost no caste in defeat when beaten only a length into second at Newmarket on her latest start.
She can resume winning ways here for Lady Cecil, who announced this week that she is to continue to train at Warren Place, Newmarket.
That is great news for all those who wished her so well after the sad death of her husband, the legendary Sir Henry Cecil earlier this year.
1.40 Radiator, 2.10 Estiqaama, 2.40 Soft Falling Rain (NAP), 3.15 Rizeena, 3.50 Tall Ship, 4.25 Gatewood, 5.30 Aegaeus.
1.30 Dark Ruler, 2.00 Sporting Gold, 2.30 High Accolade, 3.00 Kaheyll, 3.35 One Boy, 4.10 Magic Of Reality, 4.45 Glenard, 5.20 Automotive.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Wolverhampton and Worcester.
Today’s meetings: Newmarket, Perth, Pontrefract and Wolverhampton.
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