2015 T.J. Smith Stakes Appears Unlikely for Famous Seamus

February 5th, 2015

Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date over an impressive 2014 racing calendar, trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has revealed talented sprinter Famous Seamus is likely to bypass the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 4th with a view towards Melbourne features.

Group 1 winner Famous Seamus appears unlikely to contest the 2015 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Group 1 winner Famous Seamus appears unlikely to contest the 2015 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Claiming ten wins and a further nine minor places over his 35 start career so far, Famous Seamus has not been seen at the races since placing a credible sixth in the talent-rich Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8th.

Having reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and subsequent return to work, Mayfield-Smith told Sky Racing HQ the prospect of meeting leading sprinters Terravista, Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes underlines a race like the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley a viable option.

“I may take him to Melbourne for the William Reid instead of going to the T.J. Smith,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“It will just all depend.

“It will obviously be a very strong race the T.J. Smith with the very best there is and if I thought I was a very good chance in the William Reid then we would go to the William Reid purely because you are a better chance of winning another race and winning the major end of the prize money.

“He has gone very well at Moonee Valley before.”

Famous Seamus was unable to make much of an impact over his first few starts through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, but impressed when travelling north for the Brisbane Winter Carnival; finishing fifth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 10th.

Confident his runner would have performed better than sixth in the Darley Classic with headwear, Mayfield-Smith revealed the Elusive City gelding will sport blinkers for his 2015 Autumn Carnival campaign.

“I was thinking about just trying winkers on him,” he said.

“When he first started racing he raced in blinkers because he was field shy and a bit reluctant to race on the inside of horses.

“I took them off him because he started to get a bit keen and I just thought in the Darley that he just needed something to sharpen him up between horses.

“He just seemed a bit reluctant to take a tighter sort of run when they presented in that race.”

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