McDonald rapt with unbeaten Percy Sykes favourite

Star jockey James McDonald believes unbeaten filly Najmaty can continue on an upward spiral in Saturday’s Group 2 Percy Sykes (1200m) at Randwick.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly carries a perfect record of two wins from as many starts into day two of The Championships and is a $2.70 favourite to complete the hat-trick in the fillies sprint feature.

“She is a talented filly,” McDonald said.

“The good ground will help her and she couldn't have done any more in her career.

“She is in really good form coming into the weekend and I am looking forward to getting back on her.”

McDonald was aboard Najmaty at her first career start when the filly rocketed home to score on debut over the 1000m on the Kensington track at Randwick on March 10.

He was unable to pilot Najmaty for her last start victory at Caulfield as the Sydney champion hoop was riding at Tancred Stakes day at Rosehill.

Najmaty (green) winning the Listed Redoute’s Choice at Caulfield. Photo: Jay Town/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The I Am Invincible filly had no issues in his absence when scoring a dominant 2-3/4 length romp in the Listed Redoute’s Choice (1100m) in Melbourne.

“She couldn't have been any more impressive in her win down there,” McDonald said.

“It was a soft win so we would have come through it really well.

“It just shows what kind of filly she is, she is very adaptable because not many horses can go to Caulfield and do what she did so.

“She is in this race up to her ears.”

A field of 11 runners was declared for the Percy Sykes on Tuesday before being reduced to 10 on Wednesday with John O’Shea electing to scratch Robodira.

Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Arcaded ($8), Group 2 placegetter Trifaccia ($5) and six-length debut winner Crystal Bound ($4) headline the chasing pack for Najmaty.

James McDonald. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Originally published asNajmaty chasing hat-trick in Percy Sykes

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