Western Australia Horse of Year Scales of Justice in Victoria
Well rested after having run sparingly since November of 2016, Scales Of Justice (SOJ), one of Western Australia’s stars, has come to Victoria to seek wins in some of the Group 1 events at Caulfield Racecourse’s Spring Carnival.
He last ran in the in the Group 1 1600 m Railway Stakes at Ascot, where he took first from Good Project and Hugh Bowman, and Perfect Reflection and William Pike. Scales Of Justice was ridden by Douglas Whyte. Lindsay Smith has prepped Scales Of Justice to two Group 3 wins at Belmont and almost had another Group 1 in the bag when SOJ finished second to Stratum Star in the Kingstown Town Classic at Belmont.
Smith intends to find a paddock at Warrnambool initially, letting a room from Jarrod McLean.
Smith is aiming SOJ, winner of nine races and eight placing from 17 starts, at the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at the beginning of October at Caulfield, and the Toorak Handicap two weeks later.
SOJ was acclaimed WA horse of the year this week, rightfully so.
As for Lindsay Smith, he is no stranger to success in Melbourne. He prepared Plastered for the Group 1 VRC Derby in 2004 and Old Comrade for the Australian Cup in 2002.
SOJ is by Australia’s Not A Single Doubt from Australian mare Beymatilla. His grand sire and dam were all of either Australian or Kiwi lineage. Further back, North American and European blood appears, with Danehill and Danzig of the U.S., and then the famous racers, such as Canada’s Northern Dancer and Nijinsky, begin to make an appearance four to five generations back, where Australia’s Bletchingly is in the line.
Punters who want as close to a sure thing as is likely to be found might benefit from each way wagers on SOJ, although we do not intend that in any way as construing wagering advice.