Scales Of Justice was sent straight to the front by jockey, Dan Staeck and gave favourite punters a few anxious moments over the concluding stages, but he managed to stave off a strong finishing burst from Zarantz to score by a half-head.
Smith had planned on taking Scales Of Justice to Melbourne and a showdown with glamour mare, Winx, in the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, but said he would let the dust settle before outlining future plans for his four-year-old.
“He won and that was good, but when they talk about Winx, it’s all outside of the square,” Smith said.
“I have no doubt he is good enough to go to Melbourne and win a good race that we can pick out.
“I never forget when Douglas Whyte told me he was a great mile horse.
“Douglas is one of the best horseman in the world so I have always been wary of what he said.
“I would say his goal would be to go to the Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Kingston Town (1800m) again.”
Whyte, Hong Kong’s leading rider for 13 consecutive seasons, partnered Scales Of Justice when he won last year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding, bought for $180,000 at an Inglis yearling sale, has now won nine races from 17 starts and is a $1,357,450 stake earner.
The Strickland Stakes was the second leg of a feature race double for Scales Of Justice after he took out last fortnight’s Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
Staeck claimed a record six Strickland Stakes, passing Bobby Morley after previous wins with Kincaple (2013), Marasco (2010-09) and Finito (2002-01).
He said Scales Of Justice was tenacious in victory.
“It was a little bit closer than I thought it would be,” Staeck said.
“But with 50m to go I still hadn’t asked him for a real genuine effort.
“The horse showed some fight.”