Scales Of Justice is a $7 second favourite for the Memsie Stakes. Picture: AAP
Scales Of Justice is a $7 second favourite for the Memsie Stakes. Picture: AAP

Scales tilted towards another Group 1

A MONTH ago all Lindsey Smith wanted was for veteran galloper Scales Of Justice to make it through his comeback run unscathed.

Now hopes are high the seven-year-old can add a ­second Group 1 to his record in Saturday's Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

Scales Of Justice won the 2016 Railway Stakes in Perth, but his career since has been thwarted by various ailments, primarily hoof problems.

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Eight months after his last run, Scales Of Justice returned with a slashing win in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield ­before finishing second in the Spring Stakes at Morphettville.

Warrnambool-based Smith said those runs over 1200m had Scales Of Justice primed for the 1400m of the Memsie.

"He's trained on well, so he's in a good spot," Smith said.

"I'd be disappointed if he didn't run well, but there's no indication to say he will.

"First run in the Bletchingly I just hoped he made it back. And now, I thought, while he's on a high he may have an advantage over some of the others."

Dean Yendall wins on Scales Of Justice in Bletchingly Stakes in July. Picture: Getty Images
Dean Yendall wins on Scales Of Justice in Bletchingly Stakes in July. Picture: Getty Images

Scales Of Justice is $6.00 in Ladrobkes' all-in market behind $2.80 favourite Alizee.

Although beaten in Adelaide as an odds-on favourite, Smith wasn't disappointed as Scales Of Justice carried 7kg more than three-year-old ­winner Dalasan.

"A good horse beat him at weight-for-age. He had to do a lot of work. They don't win every time," Smith said.

Smith said Black Heart Bart, who was retired last October, could join Scales Of Justice in the Memsie or be saved for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes next month, depending on how he galloped on Wednesday.

The nine-year-old won a trial at Cranbourne last week.

Trainer Lindsey Smith has quickly established himself in Victoria since relocating from Perth.
Trainer Lindsey Smith has quickly established himself in Victoria since relocating from Perth.

Smith said he would take it race by race with Black Heart Bart, whose last win was in the 2017 Group 1 Futurity Stakes.

"As soon as he shows that he's not up to it, he'll stop. But his trial was good enough to push on," he said.

Smith said dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra would resume in the 1100m Heath at Caulfield on Saturday.

News Corp Australia


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