By Mitch Fenton @weekendkingrace
Tommy Berry has taken to Twitter this morning to tell punters who have backed the Tatts Tiara pre-post favourite NAJOOM exactly what they wanted to hear!
She’s over the slight setback that forced her to miss the Stradbroke a fortnight ago and she is fit and ready to run a big race in the Tiara at the Gold Coast, which is the final Group 1 of the Australian racing season.
Berry who travelled up to Brisbane to partner Najoom in her final serious workout at Doomben before Saturday’s races said,
“Top class work from Najoom this morning!!! Let’s bring on Saturday #Tattstiara”
When asked did the filly feel as though she had fully overcome the setback that had kept her out of the Stradbroke, a race in which she was favourite, Berry said unanimously
“Yes!!! She’s had plenty of time to get over it 👍”
The Northern Meteor filly NAJOOM has taken quantum leaps this campaign, rising from maiden grade to group 1 class all in the one preparation.
The boom filly debuted at Hawkesbury in August of 2014 when 2nd of 12 behind Adjective, before being given a 6 month lay off by her trainer Gai Waterhouse to fully mature. And mature she did!
She resumed in March and strung 3 consecutive wins together before tasting defeat on a very heavy track at Canterbury in April.
But Gai pushed on and in typical fashion NAJOOM came out and bolted in her next two starts both at Group 3 level, firstly in the Hawkesbury Guineas (@ Rosehill) and then in the Fred Best Classic @ Doomben on 10,000 Day.
Waterhouse was so taken with the Fred Best win she convinced connections to pay the $30,000 late nomination fee for the $2million Stradbroke, a race she had rocketed to favouritism in. But the plan went askew when she sustained a minor muscle injury on her near foreleg and she was withdrawn from the Stradbroke.
She has since won a trial in ultra-impressive fashion last week and with Berry’s final tick of approval this morning, it’s all systems go for Saturday’s Tatts Tiara.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com has Najoom as the $3.50 Tiara favourite, followed by the Stradbroke victor Srikandi ($4), Catkins ($5) and Lumosty ($6).