Trainer Lindsey Smith does not think Douglas Whyte has a case to answer following his charge of not riding Scales Of Justice out to the line in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic at Ascot.
Lindsey Smith interviewed following the Railway Stakes. Photo: Perth Racing Twitter
Whyte was charged by RWWA Stewards for failing to ride his mount out to the end of the 1800m contest when beaten by a nose by Stratum Star.
Speaking on Melbourne radio station RSN, Smith said he had no issues with the ride.
“After the post I thought, and my belief is, that Douglas give it his last push, I think he thought that the horse had had him on the outside,” Smith said.
“Without disrespecting the winner (Stratum Star) I think my horse had more desire than the winner, I think the winner could have hit the line a little better to be honest.
“If he’s misjudged it it’s for him (Whyte) to answer. I didn’t speak to Douglas about that afterwards, he just said the horse gave him everything.”
Smith said he was unaware of a problem immediately afterwards and left the course to drive Scales Of Justice home.
“The first I heard about it was when my wife and kids waited at the races to say goodbye and I was in the truck on the way home and she rang to say there’s a bit of a problem, he’s still in the room,” Smith said.
“The stewards have their job to do. I don’t think the horse could have won whatever, the horse was gone and I thought the horse on the outside should have won a bit easier.
“The horse had no more to give, if Douglas misjudged it he’ll answer that question. I didn’t think anything of it on the day and I can’t believe it’s been blown out this way. They’re trying to lynch the bloke.”
Whyte won the Group I Railway Stakes over 1600m on November 19. The Kingston Town Classic was the first time Scales Of Justice had raced beyond 1600m and he rose 5.5 kilograms under the weight-for-age scale.
Smith said the four-year-old cooled down with an issue.
“The horse the next day was five out of five lame in the off hind leg. Whether that’s a one percent thing in this situation I don’t know,” Smith said.
“My main concern is the horse and I am happy with the way that man rode the horse both times. I believe it and the owner believes in what the man has done.
“If there was a race tomorrow Douglas Whyte would ride the horse.”