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It might be named the Sunshine Coast but the recent inclement Queensland weather played right into the hands of boom Melbourne mare Jamaican Rain on Saturday, as she walloped a classy field in the listed Glasshouse Hcp over 1400 metres at Caloundra. The five-year-old daughter of Manhattan Rain is smart on a firm track but on heavy ground, well she is just about unbeatable. After racing up in second place throughout, Jamaican Rain raced away to beat the runner-up Privlaka by 3/34 lengths, with a wide angle lens required to get many more of the beaten brigade into the winning print. The win gave Jamaican Rain her first at stakes-level and brought her overall record to an impressive six wins, including her last three on end, and two placings from just eleven career starts. Connections are now eying off the G1 Myer Stakes at Flemington on Derby day and if Jamaican Rain can strike any sort of rain affected going on the day, she would be a very serious contender.
The Glasshouse victory brought up stakes-winner number thirteen for Manhattan Rain, four of those this season, with three of them bringing up their first wins at stakes level. Just to show their versatility, that stakes-winning quartet were successful over distances from 1000 metres up to 2800 metres. Top of the list of course is 2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign. She proved that she was not just a precocious two-year-old by continuing on her Group One form with a win over some of Australia’s sharpest sprinters in the Moir Stakes over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley. Over the 2800 metre journey of the VRC St Leger, Runaway proved much too strong for his rivals, before running a determined third at Group One level in the South Australian Derby. A member of the Gai Waterhouse – Adrian Bott stable, Runaway is likely to graduate to some of the better staying races in Melbourne over the spring. And while there was no Group One juvenile success for Manhattan Rain this season, he did add another two-year-old stakes-winner to his CV when Let Me Sleep On It, another member of the Waterhouse-Bott team, won the Redoute’s Choice Stakes over 1200 metres at Caulfield.
It is interesting to note that Jamaican Rain became the second of Manhattan Rain’s stakes-winners to be produced by a daughter of his half-brother Redoute’s Choice and the fifth to be out of a mare who is by, or whose granddam is by Danehill or one of his sons. Additionally, six of Manhattan Rain’s twelve stakes-placegetters are bred on similar crosses. For breeders with a Danehill/Redoute’s Choice line mare, and there might be a few of you out there, Manhattan Rain is standing at Blue Gum Farm in 2018 at a fee of just $19,250.