Veteran Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) will be out to upstage his younger
rivals in the Gr.3 Show County Handicap at Randwick with his trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith keen to get his campaign started on
an improving track.
Now an eight-year-old, Famous Seamus has had mixed fortunes throughout his
career, winning the Group One BTC Cup in May 2014 but striking wet tracks in
many of his other assignments.
"He is a horse who is weather dependent and wet tracks rule him out of
a lot of races," Mayfield-Smith said.
"He's working well. He has trialled well and the sun's out so that's
"He normally improves off his first run but he has conditions to suit
and could run well first-up."
Although mindful Famous Seamus is getting older, Mayfield-Smith says he
shows no signs of his age and the trainer goes to Randwick encouraged by race
jockey Jay Ford's assessment of the gelding.
"Jay rode him on Tuesday morning and said he still has the same
enthusiasm for his work that he's always had," he said.
"Age isn't worrying him and the times he runs are the same as they have
always been so that says something."
Mayfield-Smith has the Tramway Stakes at Randwick and the Cameron Handicap
at Newcastle as early targets.
"We will look at taking him back to Melbourne or even look at Western
Australia," he said.
"As always it depends on the weather." -AAP