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Famous Seamus earns a spell
16 Nov 2015
Hawkesbury trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has chosen to give his stable stalwart Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) a short break after considering a trip to either Perth or New Zealand.

Mayfield-Smith had options to consider after Famous Seamus won the G3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on Saturday, the 11th win of his career that lifted his stake earnings to almost $1.25 million for long-term stable supporters Jim and Janice Simpson.

“I’ll give him a few weeks off at home, he enjoys stable life,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“He is a healthy horse and we’ll get him ready for Sydney in the autumn and Brisbane again in the winter.

“A race like the Doomben Ten Thousand looks the most likely target.”

Famous Seamus relishes the Brisbane winter, provided he doesn’t strike wet ground.

He won the Listed Hinkler Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm and Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) at the Gold Coast in 2013 and last year added the G1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.

Mayfield-Smith paid tribute to his star seven-year-old, who is the backbone of his Hawkesbury stable.

“Famous Seamus has been a really wonderful horse to us,” he said. “People don’t realise, but he has carried us for a number of seasons.

“At one stage, I was down to only nine horses. I’ve got 22 on my books now - it’s the most I’ve had for at least five years.”

Mayfield-Smith also paid tribute to his wife Emma, who has cared for the gelding in Melbourne for the past month.

“Emma stayed with him right through and done a terrific job with the horse,” Mayfield-Smith said.