Trainer Lindsey Smith is thrilled with the condition of stable star Scales Of Justice, ahead of his light-weight run in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse in Perth on Saturday afternoon.
Scales Of Justice has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far, and will carry an impressive record of six wins and as many minors from twelve starts into his Railway Stakes 2016 bid.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding posted a gutsy win over several of his Railway Stakes opponents in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last weekend and Smith told RSN that he believes the horse has only taken benefit from the run ahead of Saturday’s feature race.
“He’s fine, he pulled up good and is quite tough,” Smith said.
“He went for a wind down at the beach on Monday, Tuesday and today he just did a little bit or work at home, tomorrow he’ll just have a dash up the hill and Friday he’ll have the day off, getting ready for his big day out.
“I don’t think he’s got to his right distance yet – I think he’s an 1800m or 2000m horse, he’s got a good cruising speed but sometimes he tugs a little bit.”
Smith concedes that Scales Of Justice takes a little bit to get going at the beginning of his races, but believes his high and sustainable cruising speed could pay dividends in the late stages of the Railway Stakes.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Good Project went to the top and I then took it off him. If I don’t take it off him, they’ll be most-likely going too fast,” he said.
“He’s a diesel-motored horse, we have to sort of turn the race around to suit us. Perfect Reflection and a few of those horses are like Formula 1s, whereas this horse off the mark is a little bit slow.”
Smith has booked Hong Kong-based hoop Douglas Whyte to ride Scales Of Justice in the Railway Stakes and is confident that the jockey will get the best from his horse.
“We’ve got one of the world’s best jockeys on him on Saturday and he’s watched him a couple of times on video,” Smith said.
Scales Of Justice resumed this time for consecutive second-place finishes in each of the Monster Storage BM72 (1200m) and Muscular Dystrophy WA BM72+ (1400m); returning to winning form in the Champion Fillies Day BM72+ (1600m) in his only other start prior to the RJ Peters Stakes.
Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering Scales Of Justice at 2016 Railway Stakes odds of $8.50.