The immediate future of Group 1 champion Scales Of Justice remains uncertain after an interstate autumn campaign was shelved.
Trainer Lindsey Smith had intended on sending him to Sydney for the Group 1 Doncaster (1600m) at Randwick in April, but the son of Not A Single Doubt has failed to overcome a bruised hoof.
“He is close, but not quite 100 per cent,” part-owner, Chris Wells told The Races WA.
“On that basis, we have pretty much have had to pull the pin.
“There is no point in going over if everything is not right.
“He was close and not that far off, but he won’t be going to Sydney.”
Scales Of Justice has been plagued by injuries since his career-high victory the 2016 Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
Spinal surgery sidelined him for a year and there were grave concerns his flourishing career was going to end prematurely.
He suffered a back injury after a second to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 2 Bobby Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington in 2017.
He ran fifth in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and third in the Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot last November before his latest setback ruled him out of Group 1 features at the Ascot carnival.
Wells remains confident Scales Of Justice can extend his career beyond 21 starts, but concedes the gelding may have a limited future in Perth.
“Lindsey and I will discuss it with two vets we know well in Melbourne when we go over for the Premier sales next week,” Wells said.
“There is a real possibility and a chance that he will continue his racing career in Melbourne where the softer tracks may suit him better.
“I’m not ruling it out and I love supporting WA racing, but there is not much left for him in Perth.
“I’m sure at his top and injury free he can measure up to the best horses.”
Wells confirmed when final plans are put in place, Smith would continue to have a big influence on Scales Of Justice’s future.
“It’s Lindsey’s call and it’s up to him,” Wells said.
“He can continue to train the horse wherever he races.
“If not we will explore other options.
“But if Lindsey wants to remain with the horse he can.”