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Jamaican Rain claims a Group Three for Blue Gum

Jamaican Rain ridden by Damien Oliver wins the Premier Signs Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield 23/2/19 (Racing Photos).

By Blue Gum Farm’s Manhattan Rain from a daughter of his half-brother Redoute’s Choice, Jamaican Rain certainly has an impressive pedigree, and she claimed her first Group win when taking out the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield over 1400 metres.

A lightly raced six-year-old prepared at Cranbourne by Richard Laming, Jamaican Rain won a listed race in Queensland during the winter and was having her first run back from a spell.

She raced up on the pace and scored a three-quarter length win for Damien Oliver, her seventh win from 13 starts with prizemoney topping $330,000.

Jamaican Rain was bred and sold by Newhaven Park, fetching $90,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Homann Bloodstock with Newhaven Park retaining an ownership share.

She is the best of two winners from Heriz, an unraced Redoute’s Choice mare from an international family that features Group 1 winners Asi Siempre and Outstrip. Heriz was bought by Newhaven Park at the 2012 Inglis Broodmare Sale for $52,000 when in foal to Manhattan Rain with Jamaican Rain the result of that mating.

Line breeding to blue hen Shantha’s Choice, the dam of Redoute’s Choice and Manhattan Rain, is a common cross. So far the stats for line breeding to Shantha’s Choice according to Arion, show it has produced 98 named foals, with 30 winners from 56 runners or 53.6% winners to runners.

There are three stakes-winners bred this way, Group 2 winner Summer Sham who is by Not a Single Doubt from a grand-daughter of Shantha’s Choice and New Zealand stakes-winner Manhattan Street, who is bred the same way as Jamaican Rain.

Two further stakes horses include Group 1 placed Man of Choice, who is also by Manhattan Rain from a daughter of Redoute’s Choice and that specific cross it has produced 20 named foals, 19 have raced and 10 have won.

Manhattan Rain stands at Blue Gum Farm in Victoria and covered 80 mares at a fee of $19,250 last spring.

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