Jamaican Rain poised for spring carnival campaign
HORSE RACING: Jamaican Rain is poised to make a spring carnival campaign after proving her worth during the Glasshouse Handicap on Saturday.
The Richard Laming-trained mare won the $175,000 Listed race in stunning fashion ahead of Privlaka and River Racer at Sunshine Coast Turf Club.
Jamaican Rain sat comfortably in second place for much of the 1400m trip but went up a gear at the 200m mark to storm home by almost four lengths.
It was her third victory in a row after previously earning top honours at Moonee Valley and Cranbourne.
Trainer Richard Laming was in Darwin on the day but his father Bevan was on hand for all the action.
"She drew the outside (barrier) but we weren't too worried about that,” Bevan Laming said.
"By the time you get to race nine at Caloundra it's most probably the best part of the track to be.
"We followed I'm a Rippa across and everything worked out pretty good.”
He was impressed by her recent form, and was considering challenging the horse in a Group 1 campaign.
"She'll go to the Tatt's Mile ( July 21) in three weeks and then she'll spell in Queensland and go down for the Spring Carnival,” he said.
Jockey Tegan Harrison was ecstatic to be in the saddle for the Jamaican Rain victory.
"Jamaican Rain loves the wet that horse and we got enough rain through the week that showed her to be way too classy for them in the Glasshouse,” she said.
She said Laming had urged her to be patient when deciding to push for the lead.
"I call him pop and he said whatever you do don't go too soon and I came up to I'm a Rippa just under the grip and I thought he's going to think I'm going too soon but I got up into second and the rest is history,” she said.