A concerned Lindsey Smith admits there are worrying signs over the immediate future of his Group 1 champion Scales Of Justice.
Smith believes Scales Of Justice is still feeling the effects of his Melbourne debut in the Bobby Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington last spring.
Scales Of Justice ran second to Redkirk Warrior, but could have sustained a serious injury when he raced erratically late in the race.
Western Australia’s Horse of the Year veered left and right at a crucial stage which cost him a chance of finishing closer to the winner.
The son of Not A Single Doubt then pulled up with soreness and bone bruising after he was galloped on in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
Scales Of Justice has been on the sidelines since finishing 12th to Great Shot in his defence of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November.
“He is in a bit of trouble and his back won’t come good,” Smith said on Tabradio’s Sports Daily.
“Obviously that day at Flemington was quite violent what he did, the right and the left.
“I was in trouble after that and kept thinking it was his feet.
“I was patching him up and when you do that it all goes pear shape.
“It’s very frustrating to have something there that you can’t touch.
“He is up at Alan Matthews’ so Ivan Haggerty can see him two or three times a week.
“I’ve never had luck with chiropractors and massage people, but hopefully Ivan can weave his magic.”