Securing several commendable results over the 2014 Spring Carnival, trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has revealed the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 27th will likely figure as the major autumn target for Famous Seamus.
Famous Seamus undoubtedly found career-best condition over the 2014 Australian racing calendar, most notably via a maiden victory at the highest level when jumping a rank outsider amongst classy competition in the featured Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 7th.
Having placed third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) first-up in spring before winning the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), placing third in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and a credible sixth in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) most recently only November 8th, Mayfield-Smith told Sky Racing HQ the likelihood of bypassing the world’s leading sprint cohort in Terravista, Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee underlines the William Reid Stakes as an ideal option for Famous Seamus.
“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.”
Thrilled with the performances recorded by the son of Elusive City in spring, Mayfield-Smith said he is hoping the addition of winkers for his autumn preparation will sharpen Famous Seamus up even more.
“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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