Najmaty the latest winner in a bumper 2-year-old crop
The succession of notable performances produced by Emirates Park bred 2-year-olds this current juvenile season continued at the latest Randwick-Kensington meeting when Najmaty scored an impressive debut victory in the $50,000, Charlotte Inglis Handicap (1000m).
Backed with confidence for her debut outing, the daughter of I Am Invincible was restrained by James McDonald in the early stages and got trapped out wide around the only turn. However, once asked for her finishing effort early in the straight, Najmaty rocketed to the head of the field and proved much too strong in the finish for her rivals.
Najmaty was ultimately allowed to coast to the line in the style of an untapped talent destined for bigger and better wins.
Najmaty scored by one and a quarter lengths in the time of 57.40s (final 600 in 34.15s) under a confident hands and heels McDonald ride. Speaking after the win, McDonald remarked: “She’s a lovely filly. She’s got a good action, a good mind. She’s a very strongly-built thing and she’ll be a player over the carnival.”
Speaking on behalf of the successful Peter & Paul Snowden training partnership, Paul said immediately after the win: “I’d like to thank Emirates Park for entrusting her to us. We’ve been a fan of hers for a while now.”
Najmaty is the latest notable winner in a bumper crop of 2-year-olds for Emirates Park. A handful of juveniles carrying the ‘EP’ Emirates Park brand have already made their own, individual mark on the current juvenile season, including last Saturday’s Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce winner Lightsaber [pictured above]; dual Group 3 winner Enthaar; Group 2 Skyline Stakes runner-up and Golden Slipper aspirant Hilal; and last weekend’s Perth Listed Race winner Liwa.
The second foal of the stud’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas and Group 3 Fred Best Classic winner Najoom, Najmaty holds an entry for the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) run on April 10 during The Championship.
A division of the Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group