Gai Waterhouse’s emerging filly Najoom is likely to miss the $2 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), after sustaining a minor injury in her dominant win at Doomben on Saturday.
The 3-year-old pulled up with a slight injury to her near fore leg, and is now likely to be aimed at the Group 1 Tatts Tiara (1400m) on the Gold Coast a fortnight later.
Najoom sat wide at Doomben but still proved far too strong for her rivals in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic, prompting bookies to install her the $6 favourite for the Stradbroke.
Red Belly Sports form expert Ed Kennett advised members to take the $3 on offer about Najoom on Saturday, giving her a huge push in detailed race commentary:
NAJOOM was way too good for them in the Hawkesbury Guineas and sprinted away from the field like they were in another time zone.
Gets up on speed here with Traveston Girl and will take a power of beating.
In fact something would have to go wrong for this not to be 1, 2 or 3 at the post.
If Najoom were to miss the Stradbroke, the Robert Smerdon-trained Lumosty would be elevated to favouritism, but even she isn’t guaranteed a start in the Eagle Farm feature.
Waterhouse had hoped to convince connections to pay the $30,000 late entry fee for the Stradbroke, but that now appears unlikely.
The daughter of Norther Meteor’s record now stands at 5 wins from 7 starts.