A runaway trial win at the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning has connections of Gai Waterhouse’s classy Sydney-based filly Najoom convinced she can be competitive in the Tattersall’s Tiara 2015 at the same track Saturday week.
After her Queensland Winter Racing Carnival campaign suffered a setback with a minor injury stopping the three-year-old daughter of Northern Meteor from running in last weekend’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben, Najoom looks set for another shot at an elite level win on June 20.
The chestnut filly is yet to finish out of the money boasting five wins and two seconds from her seven career starts to date.
Her last two runs were both Group 3 wins firstly in the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) at Rosehill and then Brisbane’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) on May 23, her victory in which saw connections pay a hefty $30,000 late entry fee to get her into the Stradbroke.
A non-serious leg laceration prevented her from running in Queensland’s richest race last Saturday as the favourite but Tuesday morning she shone in a 1000m open handicap hit-out at the Gold Coast Racecourse.
With Sydney-based hoop Tommy Berry aboard Najoom flew home in 57.99 seconds, nearly a second faster than any of the morning’s other 1000m trials, putting three lengths on the David Kelly-trained Final Crescendo.
She came from back in the field to fly home late and was impressive with the blinkers on for the winning trial, a commanding effort that puts her on track to run in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) back at the Gold Coast on June 20.
Berry and Waterhouse combined to win last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara with Cosmic Endeavour who came off a win in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes.
Chris Waller’s Red Tracer (2013) also completed the Dane Ripper – Tiara double the previous year, and this winter it is the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Hazard who will look to be the next after her upset win over Catkins in the Dane Ripper at Doomben last weekend.
Both Flying Spur five-year-old Hazard, who has won four of her past five starts this time in, and Waller’s great grey Catkins also back-up in the Tattersall’s Tiara.
A five-time Group 1 placegetter from seven previous attempts in elite level company, Catkins was the defeated odds-on favourite in the Dane Ripper and will be keen to atone and improve on her Tattersall’s Tiara fourth from 12 months ago.
This year will be the first time the Tattersall’s Tiara runs at the Gold Coast, the traditional venue at Eagle Farm undergoing reconstruction.
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