A sunny lead-up to the All Aged Stakes won’t be enough to dry the Randwick track as much as trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith would like for Famous Seamus but his stable star will run regardless.
The eight-year-old is the outsider of the field for Saturday’s Group One race, his first start since December and a stepping stone to future assignments over the Brisbane winter carnival.
“He will run. He needs to run to get up and going,” Mayfield-Smith said.
“He has done a lot of work and has had two trials but realistically he has no chance to win on a wet track.
“People will also probably say his trainer is mad running him over 1400 metres first-up as opposed to the 1200 metre race (Hall Mark) but he would have to chase those sprinters hard on a heavy track.
“He is ready for 1400 metres and I’m looking to maybe stretch him out to 1600 metres this time.”
Famous Seamus has been a regular visitor to the Brisbane carnival, winning the Prime Minister’s Cup in 2013 and the Group One BTC Cup the following year.
He has won more than $1.3 million and shows his trainer all the signs he still enjoys his racing.
His first test at 1600 metres could come on his home track with Mayfield-Smith considering the Hawkesbury Gold Cup at the end of the month as a distance test.
“There is plenty of staying ability in his family and as he gets older I think can step up,” he said.
“He shows no signs of wanting to give racing away and I’m pretty happy with his fitness levels.
“He has done a lot of work but I just wish he could have a better track.”
Famous Seamus is the oldest horse in the All Aged Stakes while three-year-old Divine Prophet is the youngest.
Sportsbet’s favourite English, who won the race as a three-year-old last year, will need to undergo a precautionary raceday veterinary inspection to take her place after suffering a minor laceration on a hock.