SCALES OF JUSTICE
Trainer Lindsey Smith said the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 14 will be the next race for Scales Of Justice.
“He has pulled up really well and if I had a bit more courage I would have run him in the Feehan Stakes this Saturday,” Smith told The Races WA.
“That tells you how good he is going.
“After the Makybe Diva we will assess where he goes next.
“Chris (Wells) wants to stay in Melbourne and I’m thinking of coming home.
“But his grand final was the Memsie Stakes.”
Scales Of Justice scored his second Group 1 in the Memsies when he defeated So Si Bon and Alizee at Caulfield.
Despite finishing last in a small field of five after a wide run in the Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m), Gatting’s Melbourne Spring campaign remains on track.
“It’s all systems go,” trainer Darren McAuliffe said.
“He came through the run fine and hardly had a blow.
“He’s happy and with Rebel King will travel to Melbourne next week.”
Any hopes of improved mare Essential Spice, a winner at her past three starts, going to Melbourne with Angelic Ruler and Pushin’ Shapes have been put on hold.
“She just had a foot abscess, nothing major, but she will have a short break and come back for Ascot,” stable representative, Colin Pearce said.
“A race like the Summer Scorcher.”
Meanwhile co-trainer Dan Pearce was happy with the trial of Angelic Ruler.
The Universal Ruler mare, who ran on strongly for second behind Forceful in heat four at Lark Hill on Monday, will launch her Melbourne campaign in the How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 21.
The seven-year-old was doing his best work late behind the Forceful and Angelic Ruler trial, finishing fourth.
He will contest Saturday week’s Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont before joining Angelic Ruler in the east.
The eight-year-old, a winner of the All Sprint (1200m) at Flemington in July, will trial on Friday before a shot at the Group 2 Bobby Lewis (1200m) at Flemington.
Malibu Style has one win and three placings from his last five starts in Melbourne.
Parnham believes Kay Cee could be the x factor from his stable after posting an impressive win at Belmont.
He said he thinks the three-year-old filly is going places.
Parnham was also pleased with the debut trial of another promising three-year-old filly: Express Time.
The daughter of War Chant showed speed to lead over 950m and was eased down late in heat 10.
The Blackfriars gelding, a last-start second to Zaratite, will be nominated for Sunday’s Coolgardie Cup (1760m).
Parnham believes the six-year-old will be suited to Kalgoorlie.
Parnham was happy with the debut of Beau Zoom at Mornington last week. The three-year-old ran fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths and will next appear in a Geelong maiden.
The apprentice rider requires a knee construction following a track work accident. She is expected to miss at least the next 10-months of riding.
Better news for Staples who has been given the all clear by the medicos to resume riding. He has been out of action for a month after breaking a forearm bone in a race fall at Belmont on July 24.
The Passenger gelding is slated to run his final race in Perth at Belmont on Saturday before being transferred to Nick Ryan in Melbourne.
The seven-year-old won 10 races and was placed 11 times from 46 starts for stakearnings of $300,960 with previous trainer Adam Durrant.
The Trade Fair gelding is back in work for Rob and Todd Harvey after surgery to both fetlocks.
“He has had a good six months off,” said Todd Harvey.
“It will be a long slow process and we are in no rush.
“He will come back towards the tail end of the Ascot carnival.
“The summer carnival looks behind him in his twilight years.
“The Bunbury and Pinjarra Cups next year are races to aim for.”
Todd Harvey says the talented mare will race first-up in the Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot in November and importantly was showing no signs of the feet issues that hampered her earlier in the year.
The Peter Bamford-trained six-year-old continued his rejuvenated form with victory in the Peter Evans Memorial Handicap (1700m) at Carnarvon.
He has won five of his past six races including the Roebourne Cup (2200m) and Broome Cup (2200m).
Bamford said Swift Platinum will target the Carnarvon Cup in a fortnight before the Boulder Cup (2100m) and Kalgoorlie Cup (2200m) in the goldfields.