Hong Kong’s multiple premiership winning jockey Douglas Whyte has picked up the ride on Scales Of Justice in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
The final field for the Railway Stakes has a capacity sixteen runners plus three emergencies with New Zealand’s Group 1 winning gelding Kawi to carry the topweight of 58.5kg while Scales Of Justice on the minimum 53kg gained a place in the final field after winning the Group 3 $150,000 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last Saturday.
Trainer Lindsey Smith was forced to find a new rider for Scales Of Justice after last Saturday’s winning jockey Paul Harvey was suspended for twenty-six days for causing interference in the previous race, the Group 3 $200,000 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes.
The top Perth jockey pleaded guilty to careless riding for causing interference when he allowed his mount I Am Boudica to shift in at the 1400m hampering runner up Ellicazoom.
Scales Of Justice earned automatic entry into the Railway Stakes with his win in the R.J. Peters Stakes and Smith thinks he will be better suited over the 1600m this week and possibly further later on in the Carnival.
“We’ve had a throw at the stumps and we’re in the race,” Smith said.
“I don’t even think the 1500’s his go. I’d like to see him in an 1800 where he could roll along.”
The Allan Sharrock trained Kawi is the winner of five Group 1 races in New Zealand and already has had one run in Perth for a fourth to Perfect Reflection in the Group 2 $250,000 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 5.
Melbourne based jockey Michael Walker takes the ride on Kawi who will be up against the Grant and Alana Williams trained Perfect Reflection again in the Railway Stakes.
Leading Perth jockey William Pike will keep his association with the Perfect Reflection hoping to secure win number seven on the More Than Ready mare.
The Chris Waller trained Good Project with Hugh Bowman in the saddle is searching for back to back wins in the Railway Stakes after Craig Williams drove him to a two lengths winner last year.
Williams is on the Lindsay Park trained He Or She who has been handicapped with 55.5kg in the Railway Stakes.
Waller will also saddle up the equal favourite Mackintosh with Damien Oliver booked for the mount while Darren Weir has Rageese with Damian Lane to represent the stable.
Market order for the Railway Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Mackintosh, Perfect Reflection, $7 Rageese, $9 Scales Of Justice, $10 Deposition, Tradesman, $13 He Or She, $15 Good Project, Heart Starter, $17 Kawi, Lite’n In My Veins, $26 Neverland, Great Shot, $31 Ideal Image, $51 Balmont Girl, Zarantz, $61 Showy Chloe, $81 Pornichet, $101 Tick Tick Bloom.