Trainer Lindsey Smith insists Scale Of Justices’s interrupted Ascot carnival campaign remains alive, despite another setback today.
Scales Of Justice missed a key Lark Hill barrier trial and will contest the Group 3 A.J.Scahill Stakes (1400m) first-up in a fortnight.
Continuing a frustrating few weeks for Smith and owner Chris Wells, the six-year-old has not fully recovered from bruising to his off side front hoof.
“The vets had a look at him before the trials and there wasn’t much improvement,” Smith said.
“He is about 90 per cent right, but I didn’t want to risk him.
“I’m just thankful it’s not the back injury that’s worrying him.
“He won’t have another trial and will go first up in the Scahill Stakes.”
It’s another body blow for Scales Of Justice, who recently returned from back surgery that kept him out of racing for a year.
He ran fifth when making his long-awaited return in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) in November, beaten 2 ½ lengths.
He then followed up with a third placing behind Durendal when a surprise acceptor in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m).
Scales Of Justice’s latest injury problem forced him to miss last week’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Smith confirmed Mitchell Pateman will ride the son of I Am Invincible in the A.J.Scahill Stakes on December 15.