The connections of West Australia's best racehorse Scales Of Justice are keen to embark on an eastern states campaign in the spring, but a clash with Winx in the Cox Plate is unlikely to materialise, reports the West Australian. Trainer Lindsey Smith and managing owner Chris Wells will map out a spring program for Scales Of Justice in the next fortnight following his narrow win in Saturday's Gr3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont. Wells said he was keen to aim the 4YO at races ranging between 1600 and 2000 metres, such as the Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield in October. "He'll have about five weeks off now and we'll look at taking him to Melbourne," Wells said. "The Toorak would be good for him and maybe the Emirates, especially if Winx doesn't go that way. Ideally we would go over for two or three races and then come back for the Kingston Town [Gr1 on 9 December]." Wells remains confident that Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) can run out a strong mile-and-a-quarter, despite his less than convincing victory over Zarantz in the Strickland. "Douglas Whyte said he's an incredible miler," Wells said. "I think he'll get 2000. I thought he might be a Caulfield Cup horse, but that looks a bit beyond him." Scales Of Justice's record now reads 9 wins (including the Gr1 Railway Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 WATC Kingston Town Classic) from 17 starts for $1,357,450 in earnings.
At Belmont racecourse in West Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group success when classy 4YO bay gelding Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) virtually assured himself of West Australian Horse of the Year honours when leading all of the way for a narrow win in the $150,000 Gr3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating the fast-finishing Zarantz & Pounamu. Scales of Justice advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Railway Stakes, Gr3 RJ Peters Stakes & Gr3 Hyperion Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 WATC Kingston Town Classic) from 17 starts for $1,357,450 in earnings. Purchased for $180,000 by his trainer Lindsey Smith & Boomer Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Scales of Justice hails from the family of outstanding sprinter Dual Choice (Showdown), an 8-time Gr1 winner of races such as the Oakleigh Plate (twice), Freeway Stakes (now the Manikato Stakes), Lightning Stakes, William Reid Stakes and Caulfield Guineas. Trainer Lindsey Smith indicated Scales Of Justice was unlikely to take on Winx in the Cox Plate in the spring after only falling in against Zarantz in his first attempt over 2000 metres. "I always remember that Douglas Whyte said to me he's a great mile horse," Smith told the West Australian. "On today I would say he is a better miler. I would say that his goal would be to go to the Railway again and then the Kingston Town."
At Belmont racecourse in West Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group success when classy 4YO bay gelding Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) asserted his superiority with an emphatic front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) for 2YO+, defeating Zarantz & Miki Two Toes. Scales of Justice, who confirmed his status as the pre-eminent racehorse in WA, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Railway Stakes & Gr3 RJ Peters Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 WATC Kingston Town Classic) from 16 starts for $1,266,350 in earnings. Purchased for $180,000 by his trainer Lindsey Smith & Boomer Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Scales of Justice hails from the family of outstanding sprinter Dual Choice (Showdown), an 8-time Gr1 winner of races such as the Oakleigh Plate (twice), Freeway Stakes (now the Manikato Stakes), Lightning Stakes, William Reid Stakes and Caulfield Guineas. Trainer Lindsey Smith said Scales of Justice would make his next appearance in the Gr3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont on 1 July. "It was good to see him win and win well," Smith told Sky Racing. "We will go to the Strickland, then we will assess things from there. If he can run 2000 metres then it's a wide open road from there."
At Pinjarra in Western Australia, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Dark Alert (Testa Rossa-Storm Alert, by Metal Storm) benefitted from a frenetic pace set up by the two leaders Material Man and Zarantz to sprint away in the straight to score by 2.75 lengths and set a new class record for trainers G Durrant & J Miller in the $120,000 Listed Pinjarra Cup (2300m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare My Magic Miss (Mastercraftsman-Miss Charmer, by Zabeel) & 6YO gelding Sunset Superman (Cape North-Native Silver, by Metal Storm). A homebred for prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Dark Alert advanced his record to 8 wins and 6 placings (including the Listed WATC Ascot Gold Cup) from 23 starts for $487,050 earnings.
The final field has been declared for the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) to be run at Ascot racecourse in Perth, West Australia this Saturday. Sharing favouritism for the race is the Chris Waller-trained Mackintosh and the Bob & Sandra Peters-owned Perfect Reflection at $5.50, ahead of Melbourne visitor Rageese at $6. Next best is Disposition at $9, then Scales Of Justice and Tradesman at $11, and He Or She at $13. Racing and Wagering WA handicappers have exercised their discretion to promote Tradesman into the 16-horse capacity field over Zarantz, who is the first emergency. Tradesman earned his spot after an eye-catching third to Perfect Reflection in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m). The field is:
1. Kawi (Allan Sharrock-Michael Walker) 58.5kg (3)
2. Disposition (Grant & Alana Williams-Glenn Smith) 56kg (19)
3. Pornichet (Daniel Morton-Jarrad Noske) 56kg (18)
4. He Or She (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-C Williams) 55.5kg (15)
5. Good Project (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 55kg (7)
6. Perfect Reflection (Grant & Alana Williams-William Pike) 54.5kg (2)
7. Mackintosh (Chris Waller-Damien Oliver) 54kg (16)
8. Lite'n In My Veins (Fred Kersley-Steven Parnham) 53.5kg (9)
9. Rageese (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (11)
10. Balmont Girl (Paula Wagg-Shaun O'Donnell) 53kg (13)
11. Heart Starter (Grant & Alana Williams-Chris Parnham) 53.kg (1)
12. Ideal Image (G Durrant & J Miller-Joseph Azzopardi) 53kg (17)
13. Neverland (Grant & Alana Williams-Peter Hall) 53kg (10)
14. Scales Of Justice (Lindsey Smith-Douglas Whyte) 53kg (8)
15. Tick Tick Bloom (G Durrant & J Miller-Jason Brown) 53kg (4)
16. Tradesman (Robert & Todd Harvey-Troy Turner) 53kg (6)
17e. Zarantz (Simon Miller-Brad Parnham) 53kg (5)
18e. Great Shot (Rhys Radford-Craig Staples) 53kg (14)
19e. Showy Chloe (Jason Pateman-Patrick Carbery) (12)
At Belmont in Western Australia, former Oakland Park stallion Ihtiram (Royal Academy-Welsh Love, by Ela-Mana-Mou) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Ihtsahymn (Ihtiram-Umatune, by Umatilla) scored by 1-length for trainer Fred Kersley in the $150,000 Gr3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Dubai Escapade (Dubai Destination-Polyandry, by Storm Cat) & fellow 5YO gelding Zarantz (Choisir-Bonissimo, by Johannesburg). This was a welcome return to the winner's circle for Ihtsahymn who had not tasted success since the Listed Melvista Stakes in March 2014. Ihtsahymn improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic, Gr2 CB Cox Stakes, Gr2 Western Australian Guineas & Listed Melvista Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 WATC Western Australian Derby & Listed JC Roberts Stakes) from 32 starts for $1,202,650 earnings. A homebred for Neville Duncan's Oakland Park Stud, Ihtsahymn is out of the stakes wining Umatilla mare Umatune and is a half-brother to Listed WATC Gimcrack Stakes victor Jestatune (Rory's Jester).
At Belmont in West Australia, retired Mungrup Stud stallion McFlirt (Kaapstad-Irish Flirt, by Mr McGinty) added a Group success when 6YO mare Wink And A Nod (McFlirt-The Westerly Win, by Danewin) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Justin Warwick in the $150,000 Gr3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m), over 5YO gelding Zarantz (Choisir-Bonissimo, by Johannesburg) & 6YO entire Gris Caro (With Approval-Aviane, by Winged Love). Taking her stakes record to seven wins, Wink And A Nod now has 15 wins (including last start's Gr3 Belmont Sprint, Listed Old Comrade Stakes, Listed Grandstand Stakes, Listed Farnley stakes, Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes & Listed Belmont Newmarket) and 6 placings (including the Listed HG Bolton Sprint Handicap) from 36 starts for $779,766 earnings.
At Pinjarra in Western Australia, multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Zarantz (Choisir-Bonissimo, by Johannesburg) scored by 0.35-length for trainer Lindsey Smith in the $120,000 Listed Pinjarra Cup (2300m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Tower Of Lonhro (Lonhro-Spire, by Danehill) & 6YO mare Saxy Grace (Saxon-Run Ronnie Run, by Ron Bon). This was the first stakes victory for Zarantz who took his record to 7 wins and 10 placings from 27 starts for $303,012 earnings.