Rain looms over Newbury
Soft Falling Rain, unbeaten star of spring's Dubai Carnival, is set to make his British bow at Newbury on Saturday.
Mike De Kock will attempt to win another big race this weekend with Soft Falling Rain in line to make his British debut in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
South African De Kock lowered Telescope's colours at Haydock on Saturday in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes with David Livingston, and Soft Falling Rain, one of the stars of the Dubai Carnival, brings with him a tall reputation after winning the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night on his most recent start.
Handed entries at Royal Ascot and in Newmarket's July Cup since arriving at De Kock's Newmarket satellite yard after Dubai, he has needed time and bypassed those initial targets, but is reported an "intended runner" at Newbury by Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
He is likely to face a stiff task, however, with the likes of Gordon Lord Byron, a Group One winner over the trip, also entered.
Aidan O'Brien's exciting American import Darwin has been given an entry, as has last year's St James's Palace Stakes winner Most Improved and Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten.
The David Simcock duo of Trade Storm and Caspar Netscher, Lennox Stakes winner Garswood and Guineas-placed Glory Awaits are also in.
Gregorian, Red Jazz and Producer are others to feature among 18 possibles.