Jamaican Rain for Boss in Coolmore

14 March 2019 09:24:20 EST

Jockey Glen Boss has been handed the opportunity to chase a hat-trick of wins in the Coolmore Classic at Randwick on Saturday after landing the ride of Jamaican Rain.

Trainer Richard Laming was struggling to find a jockey capable of making the weight, but thankfully Boss, who currently rides in Singapore, ticks all the boxes.

"I tried a few riders locally and a lot of them can't make the weight," Laming said.

"I know Glen is a big-race rider, he can make the weight, he thrives on the big races and he's ridden a lot of big-race winners at Rosehill.

"He knows the track like the back of his hand so I rang him up, he said 'let me have a look at her' and then he rang me back and said 'I'd love to come and ride her'."

Boss, who has won the Coolmore Classic twice on Typhoon Tracy in 2009 and Aloha two years later, will make the trip to Sydney for just one race.

Laming has high hopes the trip will be worth it for Boss if the forecast of rain turns out to be correct.

"Although she has won on hard tracks she can really quicken on a heavy track which some horses can't do, but she can," Laming said.

"If the rain comes it's really going to help her chances. The mare is spot-on, she just keeps improving and she's improved since her first-up win.

"Her work has been absolutely a-one, she's tightened right up and she's right where we want her to be heading into a Group One."

Jamaican Rain will be up against the Chris Waller-trained I Am Serious, that looks the one to beat, and defending champion Daysee Doom.

Avilius meanwhile is 2/1 to win the Ranvet Stakes on 23rd March, with Johannes Vermeer at 3/1 and Unforgotten at 6/1.

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