It has been a while between drinks for Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique), the all-round
gentleman of Noel Mayfield-Smith's yard.
But according to his trainer, the veteran Group One winner is showing the
condition to get back to the winner's circle for the first time since last
year's Group Three Kevin Heffernan Stakes.
As Famous Seamus ages, he becomes more suited to 1400m races like Thursday's
Listed Ladies' Day Cup at Hawkesbury.
It will be the first time since winning the Lightning at Randwick in October
2013 Famous Seamus has raced in Listed company and the second time in 53 starts
he has raced on his home track.
Mayfield-Smith opted to trial the gelding at Randwick on Friday to keep him
ticking over after he beat one runner home in the Group Three Moonga Stakes at
Caulfield on October 15.
With limited options elsewhere Famous Seamus ran in the Moonga at a track
which has never suited him.
"He just doesn't handle the downhill run," Mayfield-Smith said.
His was third in the Group Three Cameron Handicap at Newcastle first-up
behind Chetwood, who won a Listed race in Melbourne, and Le Romain who took out
the Group One Cantala Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
After the Cameron, Famous Seamus contracted a virus which kept him out of
action for three weeks before he finished ninth in the Group Two Premiere
Stakes on October 1.
With that setback solved, Mayfield-Smith says he looks better than he has
"His coat took a long time to come good, well it has now and it looks
nice and bright," he said.
"If you're at the coalface with him and know him really well you'd be
able to look at those runs and not come out of them with too much
The eight-year-old won the Group One BTC Cup in 2014 and was placed in a
Manikato Stakes for long-time stable clients Jim and Janice Simpson.
While he is getting older, his demeanour hasn't changed.
"He's a pleasant sort of a horse and very kind," Mayfield-Smith
"It's good to have him around."
Mayfield-Smith purchased Famous Seamus for $70,000 from Trelawney's 2010 NZB Yearling draft.