It's been almost four years and 40 starts since Group One-winning sprinter
Famous Seamus (Elusive City x Clinique) stepped out over 1500 metres but his trainer believes now is the
time to try again.
The eight-year-old runs in Saturday's Gr.3 Festival Stakes at
Rosehill and, if he performs as Noel Mayfield-Smith hopes, the Trelawney Stud graduate will be aimed at
Sydney's summer showpiece, the Villiers Stakes (1600m).
The only time Famous Seamus has run over the Festival distance was in March
2013 when he finished two lengths fifth in the Gr.2 Ajax Stakes and
Mayfield-Smith wonders why he waited so long.
"Every jockey who rides him says he's looking for further,"
"There should be some pace in the race and I expect him to be right
behind the speed."
Famous Seamus counts the 2014 Gr.1 BTC Cup among his 12 wins which also
include the more recent Ladies Day Cup (1400m) on his home track, Hawkesbury.
Mayfield-Smith admits he made a mistake taking him to Melbourne and back in
distance for the Gr.3 Heffernan Stakes (1300m) in which he was unplaced
and is comfortable with the rise to 1500 metres on Saturday.
"He's come out of his last race well and is ready for it," he
Famous Seamus will carry second top weight of 58.5kg, half a kilogram less
than Amovatio, one of three runners for premier trainer Chris Waller. -AAP