Brilliant mare Najoom’s Spring Carnival is over before it starts after suffering an injury in the lead up to her return to the racetrack.
Najoom was due to barrier trial at Randwick on Monday in preparation for her return to the track in the Group 3 $150,000 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (Cockram Stakes) (1200m) Caulfield on August 29.
But the Northern Meteor mare was scratched from her 836m Randwick trial with Sky Sports Radio reporting that she has suffered a setback forcing an end to her Spring campaign.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse had also pencilled in the Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on October 31 as Najoom’s main Spring goal.
Najoom emerged as one of the stars of the Brisbane Winter Carnival with a brilliant win in the Group 3 $125,000 Sita Australia Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on May 23 but her stint in the Sunshine State fell apart after that.
She had to miss a run in the Group 1 $2m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on June 6 because of a minor leg injury after a $30,000 late entry fee was paid.
Then Najoom missed out on a run in the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast on June 20 when she was relegated to second emergency.
Najoom has won five times and has been in the runner’s up stall twice from seven starts with earnings of $253,000 in prizemoney.