Group 1 winner Famous Seamus was unable to make much of a competitive impact through four autumn starts this year, but trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith is confident the horse will return to racing in Saturday’s 2015 Tramway Handicap (1200m) in exceptional condition.
Posting ten wins and nine minors through 39 career starts so far, Famous Seamus has been a largely strong and consistent performer for Mayfield-Smith since first appearing on course in 2011; undoubtedly posting a career highlight when beating a talented field to the line as a rank outsider in the 2014 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m).
Glyn Schofield partnered the Elusive City gelding in a strong piece of work on Tuesday morning, and Mayfield-Smith is confident the glowing report delivered by the hoop points towards a competitive return in the 2015 Tramway Stakes.
“I had already worked out his program early but then it was tipped upside down when they changed the Moir Stakes,” Mayfield-Smith told AAP.
“It stuffed everything so I had to start again.
“He wasn’t ready for the Missile Stakes but he is ready now and Glyn Schofield was amazed by how good he felt.”
Yet to set a specific path through spring for the seven-year-old, Mayfield-Smith will be guided by form and results posted by his stable star early in the campaign.
“If he runs a strong 1400 metres on Saturday he might go up to 1500 metres in the Shannon at Rosehill later in the month,” he said.
“If not he can come back in distance to the Premiere Stakes.
“Then it is on course to the Manikato Stakes.”
Returning last spring for third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m), Famous Seamus posted his tenth career win in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m); progressing to an agonizingly-close third in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) before running sixth in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
The 2015 Tramway Handicap final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today.
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