There’s more than one story behind most stable doors and Scales Of Justice added another chapter winning Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
His rise up the ranks in Perth has been well-documented especially after a recent Group 3 victory in the R J Peters Stakes that saw him jump as one of the more favoured runners in the $1 million Railway.
A son of Arrowfield sire Not A Single Doubt, he was bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond in Victoria and sold for $180,000 when offered by Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Scales Of Justice was sent to trainer Lindsey Smith and he’s turned that price-tag into a windfall for owners Chris Wells and Bill Andrews who knocked back a significant offer from Hong Kong earlier this year.
Smith thanked Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Craig Rounsefell for targeting Scales Of Justice and then beating Robbie Laing in a bidding duel for the colt at Oaklands.
It was the second Group 1 this month for Rounsefell. He also purchased Obviously (Choisir) who claimed the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on November 5.
Rounsefell was otherwise engaged when Scales Of Justice crossed the line at Ascot – he was at the Keeneland November Sale where his buys included Gulfstream Park stakes winner Sweet Victory for $400,000. He purchased the daughter of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame in conjunction with fellow Aussie agent Steve Brem.