Najoom was unlucky to miss the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) with a minor ailment, but has been confirmed to have returned to full fitness and will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on the Gold Coast on June 20th.
Posting five wins and two minors through her seven career starts so far, Najoom booked a ticket north for the Brisbane Winter Carnival with success in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on May 9th and stamped her claims as a serious Group 1 contender when taking out the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) by close to four lengths on May 23rd.
Having produced a strong piece of work on the Gold Coast track on Tuesday morning, trainer Gai Waterhouse’s stable representative Ed O’Rourke is confident the Northern Meteor filly is ticking all boxes in the lead-up to the 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara and believes she is capable of beating Stradbroke Handicap victor Srikandi.
“Everything is spot on with her, we could not be happier,” O’Rourke told The Courier Mail.
“We are back on track with her original plan, going to the Tatt’s Tiara, and she is in terrific condition for that race.
“I am sure we would have been very competitive in the Stradbroke given that the winner was one of only a couple of horses in the field with a really good sprint.
“We will get a chance at beating Srikandi in the Tatts Tiara.”
Debuting for a credible second in a Hawkesbury minor over 1100m in August, Najoom immediately returned to the paddock but instantly found winning condition upon resuming this time; taking out each of her first three starts including the Gold Rush Maiden (1100m) first-up on March 10th.
Running second in the Cal Rei BM75 (1200m) in her only other start prior to the Hawkesbury Guineas, Najoom will undoubtedly face her toughest test to date in the 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara but is primed for a successful performance.
The 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, June 17th.
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