Justice prevails at big odds in town

Jan 04, 2017

Thankfully Sword Of Justice didn’t bother checking the betting markets before his latest win at Sandown.

The handy galloper started at $31 when he defied his challengers to claim thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap (1400m) to score his second win in his last four runs.

Sword Of Justice failed to beat a runner home at his last outing at Sandown on December 21 but jockey Chris Symons indicated the reason for the performance in the stewards’ report, telling the stipes the gelding did not enjoy racing inside other horses.

Symons was proven correct when Sword Of Justice got home narrowly with the aid of plenty of galloping room in the $40,000 contest.

Damian Lane took the ride on Sword Of Justice and kept the son of Medaglia D’Oro in clear air handy to the speed throughout before the gelding fought off a late challenge to get home narrowly.

“It was a good win but this horse,” Lane said. “He bounced a lot better today and he was tough.

“He’s a horse that can have a think about things so being in clear air helps him and he fought it out well to the line.

“All honours go to him.”

Sword Of Justice’s maiden metropolitan success, the four-year-old’s third win, came at the 15th start of a career that also features six minor placings.

Sword Of Justice continued to be a solid money-spinner for connections with the Sandown success earning a $22,000 winner’s cheque, taking his stakes tally to more than $100,000.

Congratulations to Contract Racing on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.