Change Of Plans for Scales Of Justice
Mark Smith - Sunday, 2 July 2017

The $1,25 favourite Scales Of Justice sent his supporters straight to the bar after scrambling home by a half-head in Saturday's $125,000 Group III Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park.

With seasonal earnings of over $1 million dollars, the 4yo son of Not A Single Doubt has earned a reputation as one of the best in the nation but it was hard to believe he was at his best here with many questioning his ability to go an inch further than 2000 metres.

Scales Of Justice had beaten Zaranz by three lengths in the Hyperion Stakes over 1600 metres a fortnight back but was all out holding the challenge of the 6yo son of Choisir over the extra distance on Saturday.

High up in the betting for the WS Coz Plate, Scales Of Justice is now likely to remain at home according to trainer Lindsey Smith.

"I always remember that (champion Hong Kong jockey) 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.

The Group I Railway Stakes winner advances his record to 9 wins, 7 seconds and 1 third from 17 starts with earnings of $1,357,450.

 Bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice was consigned to the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Milford Thoroughbreds where he was knocked down to Boomer Bloodstock/Lindsey Smith for $180,000.

A half-brother to three winners including the stakes-placed Cruyfforme (Johan Cruyff), Scales Of Justice is the sixth live foal of the unraced Umatilla mare Beymatilla, a half-sister to the stakes-placed Rancho Rose and to the dam of Group III VRC Standish Handicap winner King Hoaks (King Charlemagne).

Beymatilla was consigned to the 2014 Great Southern Bloodstock Sale where she could not make her paltry $400 reserve.

Scales Of Justice is her final foal. 

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