Trainer Paul Snowden has utmost confidence Najmaty will handle a hit-and-run trip to Melbourne as an unintended stepping stone towards the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes in Sydney.
The rescheduled Sydney carnival, pushed back after the Golden Slipper washout, forced a change of plans and opportunity to tackle the Listed Redoute’s Choice (1100m) at Caulfield first.
The smart Randwick maiden-winning daughter of I Am Invincible impressed on debut, going back from a wide draw and lengthening in the straight to steamroll her opposition on March 10.
Najmaty has had three gallops the “Melbourne way” for the spontaneous intestate mission.
“It wasn’t our initial approach to go there but when the whole program got pushed back a week she was nearly four weeks between runs,” Snowden said.
“We want to run her in the Percy Sykes, so we do think a lot of her.
“We were going to run in a fillies and mares class one or a Benchmark 64, but no real meaning to it, this is obviously a stakes race for two-year-olds so means something if we can get away with it.”
Najmaty has been well-found in the market again, as the firming $2.40 TAB favourite.
Sliders ($5.50) looms as the major threat along with Hunnam ($5.50) and Marine One ($6.50), a Caulfield Guineas entrant scratched a day out from the Group 1.
“Trying to line up the Melbourne form to her is the unknown,” Snowden said.
Sonnet Star, runner-up to Najmaty, has already franked the form, winning the $196,000 Wellington Boot last Sunday.
Najmaty will be ridden conservatively again from the wide draw and look to loop the field late.
“You couldn’t be more impressed what she did on her debut run,” Snowden said.
“We’re going to learn a lot from it, so looking forward to it, tell you the truth.
Snowden has high hopes for Najmaty, despite missing Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper campaigns.
“If she was a little bit forward in her preparation I got no doubt she would‘ve made the Slipper field,” Snowden said.
“She has got that ability, the family you look back at her siblings, they’re all winners and talented in their own right, so it’s not surprising to see her showing some sort of ability now.
“We’ll get over Saturday and then Percy is a good option, as far as after that goes, I would think we give her a break and look forward to the spring.”
Originally published asSnowden filly takes advantage of carnival tweak
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