Scales Of Justice has potentially booked himself a ticket to the 2017 Autumn Racing Carnival with a dominant win in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.
Scales Of Justice has been a strong and consistent performer for trainer Lindsey Smith throughout his entire racing career so far and was seeking his third-consecutive race win in the Railway Stakes 2016.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Douglas Whyte allowed the Not A Single Doubt gelding to stride forward and immediately take up the pace; ensuring that the Railway Stakes would be run at a genuine tempo from the outset.
Receiving a relatively carefree run in transit, the four-year-old immediately responded when asked for an extra effort in the final straight; extending to find the line three lengths ahead of closest rival Good Project; race favourite Perfect Reflection boxing on to finish third.
Whyte’s ride was arguably the difference in Scales Of Justice’s comfortable win in the Railway Stakes, and the Hong Kong-based hoop was thrilled to chalk-up another triumph at the highest level in Perth.
“It’s good to get another Group One in Western Australia,” Whyte said after the race.
“I was confident at the 1400 metres.
“Lindsey gave me confidence and said it nothing else wants to lead, you lead.
“When I turned for home and pressed the button he had a whole lot of engine there.”
Smith was understandably thrilled with the horse’s performance and revealed that a trip to Melbourne during the forthcoming Autumn Carnival could be on the cards for Scales Of Justice.
‘’I’ve been screaming to get him to take up the pace since he had his first start but Paul (Harvey) was of the opinion he needed nursing in his races, so when Douglas got aboard I told him to go the front and make them chase you and he did it brilliantly,” Smith told Racing Victoria.
‘’He’s been threatening to do something like that as that’s the way he works at home and I think that’s the way he’s going to race from now on.’
‘’He goes to 1800 metres in the Kingston Town in two weeks and then we’ll give him a break and have a look at the Australian Cup.
“He’d be well suited there on the pace over 2000 metres on that flat track.’’
In being crowned the 2016 Railway Stakes winner, Scales Of Justice has now posted a commendable race record of seven wins and six minors, through only thirteen competitive starts.
2016 Railway Stakes Results
|1||14||SCALES OF JUSTICE||Lindsey Smith||Douglas Whyte||–||8||53kg||$9|
|2||5||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||J H Bowman||2.75L||7||55kg||$9|
|3||6||PERFECT REFLECTION||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||3L||2||54.5kg||$4.60|
|4||7||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||3.75L||13||54kg||$5|
|5||16||TRADESMAN||Robert & Todd Harvey||Troy Turner||4L||6||53kg||$6|
|6||1||KAWI (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Michael Walker||4.25L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|7||11||HEART STARTER||Grant & Alana Williams||Chris Parnham||4.25L||1||53kg||$13|
|8||8||LITE’N IN MY VEINS||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||5.25L||9||53.5kg||$7.50|
|9||4||HE OR SHE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||5.5L||12||55.5kg||$12|
|10||17e||ZARANTZ||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||6.75L||5||53kg||$61|
|11||2||DISPOSITION||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||7L||16||56kg||$20|
|12||13||NEVERLAND||Grant & Alana Williams||Peter Hall||8.25L||10||53kg||$51|
|13||10||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||10L||11||53kg||$101|
|14||15||TICK TICK BLOOM||G Durrant & J Miller||Jason Brown||11.25L||4||53kg||$91|
|15||3||PORNICHET (FR)||Daniel Morton||Jarrad Noske||11.75L||15||56kg||$101|
|16||12||IDEAL IMAGE||G Durrant & J Miller||Joseph Azzopardi||14.5L||14||53kg||$41|