Nomothaj wins at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Winning is a habit that starts early at Lindsay Park and so it was proven again at Flemington on Saturday when the training operation again took the opening juvenile race of the season.
Nomothaj, a $420,000 filly purchase by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud from the Magic Millions sale, only had a bare centimetre to spare over Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin-owned Ranier, but her win continued the domination in recent seasons of the early juvenile races in Melbourne of the Lindsay Park team.
Co-trainer David Hayes said the stable always aimed to have one or two runners in all of the early season juvenile races and that Nomothaj had put her hoof up immediately as being an early runner.
On the line, the speedy Nomothaj ($4.80) had a nose to spare over Ranier ($9), with a length and a quarter to the $4 favourite Sunlight in third place.
Hayes explained that the team welcomed in 128 juveniles into the system over the past few months at Lindsay Park but estimates that only half of those will race as two-year-olds.
‘’Most of them are in the paddock because that’s the best place for them over spring but we identify some of the early runners and target these races,’’ he said.
‘’We bought 45 yearlings ourselves last season and we’ve got a great group of owners from the big operations to the home-bred so we’re hoping we’ve got a good bunch again.’’
Twelve months ago, Lindsay Park also welcomed in the season’s first juvenile winner – also for Shadwell Stud – in Madeenaty and Hayes said Nomothaj would follow a slightly different path to the Magic Millions.
At her second run, Madeenaty finished third at Flemington during the carnival before a run at Wyong in NSW as a final lead into January’s Magic Millions race.
‘’But she’ll go into the Magic Millions at just her third run where Madeenaty went into her race at her fourth run as she ran again over the carnival,’’ Hayes said.