Lindsay Smith called Scales Of Justice a possible $ 15 million Everest contender after the castrated gallant knocked out favorite Hey Doc at a dramatic Australian stake in Moonee Valley on Friday night.
The Group II event was ruined by Tony McEvoy’s Group I winner, Manuel, who unfortunately had to be euthanized after crashing into the final stages of the 1200m sprint.
Jockey Barend Vorster came off the track with a neck brace and complained of severe chest pain and was taken to the hospital with a possible broken collarbone.
Manuel, who aroused surprise when he won Group I CF Orr Stakes for $ 21 last fall carnival in Melbourne, was not saved after breaking a shoulder in the fall and McEvoy and his staff were understandably shocked.
Unfortunately, Manuel was euthanized after his fall, with the jockey Barend Vorster conscious and taken to hospital. Thoughts come out at @mcevoymitchell and all connections.
– Moonee Valley Racing Club (@TheValley) January 24, 2020
Hey Doc ($ 2.50 fav.) He seemed to have the race at hand while driving, despite being harassed by the rough Ashlor, but Scales of Justice and trainer Smith and jockey Dean Yendall had the last laugh.
Yendall had to be patient on Scales of Justice, the former Western Australian galloper and last year’s Memsie Stakes group winner, but he clocked his race to perfection and passed the top of Hey Doc late.
Yendall has claimed Australia Stakes on Scales Of Justice despite losing his whip during the closing stages.
The next target of Scales Of Justice will be the I CF Orr Stakes group over 1400 million and the $ 5 million All-Star mile could also be among the cards.
But Smith has revealed that he wants to create a slot in the rich The Everest for Scales Of Justice in October.
“He’s pretty dynamic at 1200 (m), so I’ve always had the desire to take him to Sydney for Everest, he also runs wet tracks, so it could be his run along the track,” said Smith.
Despite being beaten as a favorite, Hey Doc has lost few admirers and there is little to suggest that he is not yet on track for a crack at the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai in March.
Begood Toya Mother finished seventh in the Australian stakes with James Winks kind to the Group I winner in the final stages after hearing that he was galloped in the accident when Manuel crashed.
Coach Daniel Bowman later indicated that Begood Toya Mother appeared to have stopped well, but more will be known on Saturday.
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