Najmaty storms to stakes victory in Melbourne debut
Emirates Park's outstanding season of 2-year-old performance continued with the brilliant maiden stakes victory of Najmaty in the $150,000, Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1100m) on Caulfield’s Easter Saturday program.
Switched to Melbourne by the Peter & Paul Snowden stable after an impressive debut win in Sydney, the exciting daughter of I Am Invincible announced herself as a serious black-type prospect with a scintillating last-to-first victory to maintain her unbeaten record.
The nature of Najmaty success prompted many observers to nominate the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on the second day of The Championships as a very realistic target and stable spokesman Peter Snowden was pretty much of the same opinion immediately after win.
Snowden Snr revealed in his post-race interview: “We had thought of not going too far with her this preparation, but once we trialled her and saw how well she had improved, we were happy to go on.
“Once you win a maiden in Sydney, the two-year-old races, they’re all Group races. So we thought this was a target race down here and we thought if she’s good enough to win here, she can go back to Sydney for the Percy Sykes.”
Najmaty was ridden to success by expatriate Irish jockey John Allen who gave the filly a big tick of approval.
“She wasn’t really trucking up with me, but once I balanced her and came off the back of Jye McNeil's mount [on Hunnam], she picked them up very easily.
“I’d be definitely happy to stay on board, but I’ll leave that to Peter and the team. I was happy to get the ride today.”
An Emirates Park home-bred, Najmaty is the second foal of the stud’s dual Group 3 winner Najoom. The family features the multiple Group 1 winner Criterion (by Sebring), winner of the Australian Derby (G1) as a 3-year-old as well as the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) as an older horse.
It is now well documented that Najmaty is the latest notable winner in a bumper crop of 2-year-olds for Emirates Park. The current juvenile season has witnessed the likes of VRC Sires’ Produce (G2) winner Lightsaber, dual Group 3 winner Enthaar, Skyline Stakes (G2) runner-up Hilal, and Perth Listed Race winner Liwa all race with great distinction carrying the ‘EP’ brand.
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