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After a solid early spring campaign in Sydney, Hawkesbury-based galloper Famous Seamus is in Melbourne and ready to strut their stuff at Caulfield’s 2013 Zipping Classic Day on Saturday.
The Elusive City five-year-old is one of 13 top sprinters set to square off in the $135,000 Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m), early betting markets for which are led by dual Group 1 winning mare Platelet ($4.40).
Famous Seamous meanwhile is one of the other three single figure fancies at a quote of $6 after coming up trumps with barrier two.
The five-year-old is set to be ridden by Tim Clark who has ridden them for all three of their Sydney starts this prep.
They’ve been spot on in all their runs too starting with a luckless sixth in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) first-up in September when hampered at the start.
Next start they were struck with a horror barrier 15 of 15 draw for the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) and still they managed to come within a quarter length of the winner when third to Arinosa.
Their latest start was also at Randwick on October 19, Clark guiding them to a good three quarter length victory over Ichihara in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1100m).
Now they must handle the pressure of a big Victorian race day, Famous Seamous having had just one of their 22 career starts in Melbourne.
That was a failed 13th to Unpretentious in a Melbourne Cup Day black type last spring, an effort trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith is hoping they can do much better than this go.
It was that disappointing effort that saw the trainer avoid another Melbourne Cup Carnival appearance for Famous Seamous in 2013, Mayfield-Smith more than happy to wait until the big hurrah had passed before giving his galloper a go.
“This race has been in the program all along,” he told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“We weren’t keen to come to Melbourne to run at Flemington because we’re unsure whether he’ll handle the straight run.
“He had a run in Melbourne (last year) but he was a spent force before he went to the races. He did very poorly down there that time.”
With a good gate and freshness on their side this time though Mayfield-Smith is far more confident.
“He’s got good gate speed and he should be just off the speed a little bit and then hopefully get his chance,” he said.
“He races best if he’s not right on the speed.”
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